Welcome to you and Alfie! You'll find lots of useful information and good advice in the Forum posts, so browse through them. A good book on QPs would be helpful too; I recommend Mattie Sue Athan's Guide to the Quaker Parrot. If you have any specific questions, feel free to ask them.
It's typical for a 5-month-old QP to make a variety of squawks, squeaks and other sounds, often including screeches and screams, but usually not excusively those. Sometimes such sounds are a demand for attention.
I am new here too. We adopted our Quaker sugar when she was about 5 months old. She was only eating seeds at the time and I was able to switch her to pellets fairly easily. We used the zuprerm, the tiny pellets, and she likes them with a little water poured on them, to moisten them. A few years back she stopped eating the pellets, but I just offered them again and am surprised to see she is eating them again. She is 21, having health issues now, but I think the pellet diet has been key to her ripe old age.
This is definitely the time to bond with your bird. Give him plenty of time to hang out on his cage if you can. Make sure he’s out where he can see you and be around you. I avoid the kitchen, avoid Teflon coated pans. I have never used the self cleaning feature on my oven because of my bird. Up until recently, sugar loved to bath in the sink or a bowl of water. I have to find a video of her splashing, it’s so cute. I’ve always offered her fruits and veggies and she never eats them lol, but I tried. She LOVES pasta, spaghetti is her favorite. We bought her some help seed this weekend and she loves that. She loves toys with bells. She says here kitty kitty and hi sugar and makes chicken and rooster noises, among other sounds she makes.
They are so smart and bond so closely with their human, usually one person, although auger loves my husband and me, but she hates my 21 year old daughter, hated her when she was a baby and now when she hears her voice on the phone, she makes this distinct swuak that she makes only when she hears her lol.
I’ve been lucky with my girl......we don’t know if she’s and girl, never had her tested but she has never laid an egg and I suspect she may be a boy 😂
Aww, she sounds really cute! Alfie is beginning to make other sounds now, he is starting to trust me a little more but I am still unable to touch him. We have started letting him out of his cage but have trouble getting him back in as he has not learnt to 'step up' yet. Any advice on this would be greatly appreciated 😉