Post by aidenstone on Dec 15, 2020 14:06:39 GMT -5
Hello, recently (about 3 days ago) I got a Green Quaker, the breeder told me it was 4 months old, and claims they were hand fed. Upon any attempt to handle or interact physically with the bird, it starts screaming and flying around the cage, I have only attempted this twice, as I don't want to traumatize the bird. The cage is next to my bed, and the bird is fine with me being around the cage, but he tends to only stay on one perch, and if anyone gets too close he climbs into the corner like he is trying to get away. I have worked with quakers before at my job, and usually they let me get close to them, sometimes they are a little bitey, But I have never seen one react this way before. i am trying to be patient, as I know it takes time for birds to adjust to new surroundings, but I am worried that this bird will hate me. The way I bonded with the quakers at work was by getting their pin-feathers out for them, but this bird will not let me get very close to it, and if I put my hand in its personal space it freaks out. Any suggestions? Right now my plan is to respect its space and slowly try and get it to accept treats from my hand, but even if I hold food up to it that I know that it likes (sunflower seeds, millet etc.) it still has the same reaction. The bird's cage is in my room and it seems interested in me, but I don't know if it is watching me because it is afraid or curious. Any responses would be greatly appreciated.
Welcome! Your QP is still very new in your home and is unsure of everything around him. He needs more time to get used to everything and to learn that he will be safe and comfortable in his new home. It can take weeks or even months for a parrot to become completely comfortable in a new home. The best approach is to let your Quaker set the pace and not try to force him to physically interact with you. A good way to help him get more used to you, your body language and the sound of your voice is to simply sit calmly near his cage and talk softly to him (you can read to him and even sing to him too if you'd like). Try offering him a treat while you're sitting with him. He may not accept treats at first but probably will before too long. It may take some time for him to get used to your hands too. Imagine if a giant hand suddenly reached into your house-- that would probably be intimidating for you, and that's how it is for your parrot when you reach into his cage. It takes time for the parrot to get used to that. Something I always recommend is attaching a hanging perch to the outside of the parrot's cage, just below the door. You can then open the door and let the parrot decide if and when he'd like to come out. The perch gives him a safe place to stand so he can look around at his surroundings while still being in the security of his own cage. Time and patience are your best friends when beginning a bond with a new parrot. Just take things at whatever pace your new QP is comfortable with and before long your efforts will likely be rewarded.