Hey I'm Aaron new to the Quaker world. I have had a Cockatiel and a Peachfaced love bird that went with my ex 7years ago. My wife now and I finally decided to get another bird we looked around alot and today we found our forever bird a young Quaker we named Charlie. It is still kind of timid and I know it is because his world just got flipped but is there anything special I should know special about these birds? Thanks in advance..
Hi Aaron, welcome to the forum, there are lots of articles and posts on here that might help you with nutrition and getting to know Charlie. Just take things slowly at first so he can get used to your home. We are here if you have any questions
Happy to have you and Charlie join us on the Forum! As Caseysmom suggested, reading through Forum posts is a good way to learn about Quaker parrots. I always recommend reading a good book on QPs, such as Mattie Sue Athan's Guide to the Quaker Parrot. In general, Quaker parrots are curious and intelligent and like most parrots are often inclined to be stubborn. They have the repuration for being noisy and cage aggressive but that's not always true; my QP Ralph is neither. For now, let Charlie settle in and get used to you and his new home, and do ask any questions you may have.
Welcome Charlie, and human slave Aaron! Give Charlie time to get used to you and his new environment without forcing interaction before he's ready - and you will have a wonderful companion. You need to be aware that parrots are a fairly high-maintenance bird and are not as easily pleased as, say, a budgie or a cockatiel. Quakers need regular interaction to keep their minds stimulated, as they are a very intelligent species. They can be prone to noise and biting, but there are strategies to manage this type of behaviour (often attention-seeking behaviours) and it would be good to browse all the posts on this Forum using keyword search for different things, or else just scroll through.
It's a good idea to read up on what foods are safe/unsafe for your bird (e.g., don't give avocado, as it's toxic for them).