Hi all, I just bought a blue quacker today, firstly he/she is not eating and seems pretty scared, secondly how do I tell what gender it is, any names out there suggestions would be most appreciated. My 4 year old called it sky as it’s blue , not sure if that’s a name I can give it . Also what do I feed it? It’s 5 months old? When do I start taming/training him. Thanks in advance
Welcome. It's perfectly normal for a parrot to be a little scared when brought into a new home, and not to eat at first. Give your new QP time to get used to his new home. Don't try to handle him right away. It takes time for a parrot to adjust to a new home and new people. Let your new friend take all the time he needs. You might sit calmly near his cage and talk softly to him to help him get used to you and your body language. There are only two sure ways to determine the gender of a Quaker parrot-- a DNA test (your veterinarian can arrange for that to be done) or if the parrot lays an egg. A visit with an avian cerified veterinarian, or one at least experienced in treating parrots, should be scheduled within a week or so of bringing a new parrot home. Find out what your new QP has been eating and continue feeding that at first. New foods should be introduced gradually. Most people prefer giving their parrots a pellet based diet along with a good variety of vegetables and a few fruits. Some will give a small amount of seed, mainly as a treat. There are many brands of parrot foods available. A lot of QPs like ZuPreem Fruit Blend pellets, but there are other good choices. If a seed mix is to be offered, I recommend Higgins California Blend or Safflower Gold. I'd suggest that you read a good book about Quaker parrots, such as Mattie Sue Athan's Guide to the Quaker Parrot. Read through the Forum posts too and you'll find lots of good advice and useful information.
Hi and welcome to the forum! Lots of great advice from cnyguy. As for names I like Sky, I used to have a blue budgie with that name years ago. Choose a unisex name that way it don’t matter latter on when you learn the sex.
Hi there and welcome to the Forum, to you and your new quaker! The others have given you good advice. There is a lot of information on here - I would advise searching the posts and having a good read. Your quaker is naturally a bit scared, as his/her life has changed dramatically in a short time! Your bird may not eat for a day or two, but is bound to find the food and have some sooner or later. Cnyguy is right though, the food you offer at first should be familiar to the bird so he/she knows to eat it.