Hello, Chulo is my first bird ever. Chulo is a Blue Opaline Quaker. I got him November 2019 from a pet store. The store clerk said he was a mean bird and they had him for almost a year and no one wanted him (Hatched 10/2/2018). I stayed with him for about an hour and just talked to him and he started to warm up to me. When the store clerk would come back into the area Chulo would squawk and act crazy, so I knew it was the clerk. I took Chulo home and he is the sweetest bird, and at times bossy. His nick name is bossy bird. He love music, sitting outside with mommy, and loves driving in the car.....he will sing the whole drive to the radio. My dilemma is I think I'm allergic to him. He is preening now, so I think. I've been clearing my throat a lot and it's been sore. I did some searches and some people have bought hepa filters so I got a 4-1 hepa filter with UV-c light to see if that will help. Any other people run into this before?? I would love suggestions
Welcome to you and Chulo. Of course Chulo is bossy-- he's a Quaker parrot. Sorry that you may be allergic to him. I know of one other Forum member who thought she might be allergic to her QP, but that turned out to be untrue. I suppose you may have to go through the misery of allergy testing to find out for sure. With luck, the HEPA filter will help. It's possible that Chulo may not be the cause of your discomfort. There are plenty of other things that could be responsible for your distress and I imagine you're hoping that is the case. All the best to you and Chulo.
Hi there & welcome to you and Chulo. I thought I was allergic to our Bonnie (blue quaker, 6.5 yrs old), but I tested negative for allergy to bird dander/feathers (had a skin prick test). And I had every symptom of it as well, but it just goes to show you that many symptoms have multiple possible causes, so I wouldn't assume that you are allergic. Keep investigating! I am very glad Chulo likes you - I would guess that he didn't get much affection in the pet store... It sounds like you are willing to put in the time and effort with your new companion, which is a wonderful thing, as it will pay off and you will have a friend for life. Quakers are remarkably intelligent and, although they can be challenging in their behaviours (particularly when hormonal), we have never had a dull moment with our Bonnie.