Hi, I am a recent owner of a 12 week old Quaker Parrot. He is a yellow green crossover and his name is Pikachu. I do not know anything about Quakers so I have a couple of questions. 1. Pikachu was started on Dr. D Pellets, I would like to change him to something that is not as expensive and easier to buy. Any recommendations on the best feed to get? 2. I’ve had him for a week and he still won’t have anything to do with me. Several websites say to leave them alone while others say you have to make him. So what can I do to get him to bond with me? 3. He makes a sound like a guinea pig, why and what does that mean? 4. His wings are clipped, he still tries to fly. Is this safe and ok to do? Sorry for all the questions, but I want to raise a happy Quaker!
Welcome to the Forum. It's really not a good idea to force a new parrot to interact with you. Rather than helping to establish a bond, it's more likely to prevent one. A better way to help your parrot get to know you better is to sit calmly near his cage and talk softly to him. You might read to him and sing to him too. If he has a favorite treat, offer some while you're sitting with him. Bonding with a parrot takes lots of time and patience, and it's best to let the parrot set the pace. Many QPs like ZuPreem Fruit Blend pellets. My two parrots also like Higgins InTune pellets. There may be cheaper ones than these but both these brands are good quality. I'm not sure exactly what a guinea pig sounds like, but QPs make a lot of different sounds. Even with a proper wing clip, parrots can still fly though not as high and often not as far as with fully feathered wings. Make sure the environment is safe if Pikachu is going to fly. I suggest you read a good book on QPs, like Mattie Sue Athan's Guide to the Quaker Parrot, and reading through the Forum posts would be a good way to spend some time too. Both are sources of useful information and good advice.