Post by birdwoman2u on Nov 19, 2020 19:03:52 GMT -5
I have a question I have quakers that are both around 2 years years old. i want to breed them but Im not sure what to do. the male is blue and the female is opaique. they are legal in my state. my question is how often do they breed and should i make a nest box or simply put a small box in the bottom of their cage? it is huge, i was told the female will walk on the bottom of the cage when she is wanting to lay an egg. any advice? thanks.
Hi again, people on this forum mainly have Quakers just for pets. You would have to research a nest box, it can’t be just a flat box on the bottom of the cage or the babies will end up with splayed legs.
I am planning to bring a Quaker home sometime this year whenever I can find a young Quaker for sale. I am hoping to find a Quaker for sale at the bird fair held here in Mobile, AL the last week of July.
My 25 year old Quaker died, how should I clean & disinfect his cage, perches, & toys? Should I put his perches/toys in the washer with Dawn dishwash soap & bleach? Do I disinfect his cage by spraying with Bleach in water, then wipe it down?
I still have African Grey Parrot, Leah who is now 20 years old.
Greetings to you and Leah. It's usually advised not to mix bleach directly with any brand of dishwashing liquid. You might wash the cage down with a mild bleach solution and rinse very thoroughly and leave the cage in the sun for a few hours to dry. Follow that up by washing a second time with a solution of the Dawn dishwashing liquid, rinsing throroughly and wiping dry. Likewise, toys and perches can be washed with a mild bleach solution, thoroughly rinsed and sun dried, then washed with Dawn, rinsed thoroughly and air dried. Good luck in finding a new feathered companion.
Thanx for info, I will take out toys/perches, clean them first, then hope for sunny weather to clean the cage. I'm taking Leah for checkup at vet tomorrow, her cage is about 5 foot away from Chips, they never interacted as both stayed around their cages as they had wing trim & never flew.
It is so quiet around the apartment, Chip was always chattering, talking, yelling and ringing bells and moving around. Leah doesn't move around or talk/chatter as much. Quaker Parrots are clowns of the parrot world, I enjoyed Chip so much. I am thinking about calling my new Quaker Rico, or if I get a blue Quaker, he will be named Skye.
You're welcome. Like Leah, my Grey Scooter is fairly quiet and not exactly filled with energy. She's a lot quieter than Ralph, and Ralph is far from being a noisy Quaker. I remember too well how quiet it was here when my Amazon George passed away after 40 years with me. When Ralph arrived a few weeks later, he did liven things up a lot. The cleaning procedure I outlined is a lot of work and may be more than is absolutely necessary, but it will ensure a clean cage for Rico or Skye.
I am planning on cleaning Chip's toys/perches this week, then clean cage later, so it will be clean when I bring my new Quaker home. How old is your Quaker, Ralph? How old was he when you brot him home? Leah had good report from her vet wellness check on Friday. We have a new vet, the one who I went to for last 25 years retired, but new vet said Leah was a good patient, but she didn't know any local breeders who sold Quaker parrots.
It sounds like you have things well planned for getting everything clean and ready for a new QP. Ralph is 11 years old now; he was just a few days shy of 6 months old when I brought him home. Good luck finding a breeder near you. That may take a little time and patience, but anyone who lives with parrots knows how to use those things to good advantage.
I've taken perches/toys down from Chip's cage hope weather permits me to wash them next week. Also ordered a few new toys as some were frayed and not useable. I am ordering a new travel cage it is metal bars with food/water bowls in case we have to evacuate due to hurricanes here on the gulf coast of Alabama. It will also serve as a roost cage as I cover parrots at 8pm until I get up at 6am so they get plenty of sleep.
I was wondering if Ralph had a detachable bath bowl on side of his cage or does he take a spray bath in sink like my grey Leah? I think think Chip would have rather taken his own bath than get sprayed as sometimes during the week he would try to bathe in his water bowl. Does Ralph take a bath more than once a week?
Ralph just splashes in his drinking water dish and would probably reject a separate bathing dish. When he wants a bath, he rattles the water dish to let me know he needs it filled to the top and is ready for a misting too. He loves getting misted. Scooter the CAG will sometimes splash in her water dish too. Because she's a feather chewer, the vet recommended frequent mistings, which she hates. Her former owner said that she never took a bath in the 13 years she was with them, and I suspect that she learned to bathe from watching Ralph. Ralph usually wants a bath every 4 or 5 days, sometimes more often. Scooter's average is once a week, not counting the extra mistings. The travel cage sounds like a good investment. The one I have was actually my Amazon's original cage, much too small for that purpose, but George loved being in that cage. That cage is well over 50 years old now, a sturdy, heavy stainless steel cage. I also have a heavy-duty cat carrier that was Scooter's former transport cage. I would only use it in an emergency. Ordinarily, I never take both parrots out at the same time. Neither of them is very fond of travel.