Hi everyone I’m new to this forum , I have a young male Quaker about 3 years old , he was hand fed very friendly and talkative . When we got him I already had a female cockatiel whom I had for almost 15 years until yesterday when she passed away. He had become very attached to her in the years they were together . He is bonded with myself and my fiancé well, but I’m concerned how he is going to handle my Angel being gone , as he never even liked her being out of his sight , last night I spent a while with him , and he kept going to her cage and sitting on it looking in , assuming he was looking for her . Part of me thinks he knew she was unwell as he was very cuddly with her the last week or so , making sure he was by her side as much as possible , and sitting right up against her when he was. If anyone has any advice on how I can help him , or what’s the best way to go about making sure he’s ok it would be much appreciated, he’s never been alone without being near other birds, so it concerns me . Anyway happy to have found this place , thanks.
Hi and I'm sorry to hear about your loss. I have no experience in this sort of situation, but you would be surprised at how much human language quakers understand at 3 years old - I've read that some have the understanding of a 3-yo human. So it might be worth just talking to your quaker and explaining the situation. Can't hurt, anyway. And meanwhile, continue being there for your bird and showing him the affection he needs... It sounds like you and he have a great relationship and trust already. All the best and please keep us informed of how things are going.