Hi: Willow and I have been watching Pluto the QuakeR on YouTube. He seems like a happy guy and he sure does like to talk and to clown around. I saw his cage in a video and he had lots of chains to play with and a hanging nesty thing called a Jolly Ball.
The owner said in the video that she couldn’t recall where she got the Jolly Ball. I searched for this online and found it at chewy.com. The jolly ball is a horse or dog toy. You put the food inside and the animal rolls it around to get food to fall out of the holes.
I think the 8” or 10” diameter would be the right size for a Quaker and I’m thinking of getting one for willow. He is rather timid and maybe he’d like this to hide in. The bigger ones come in dark red or dark blue. What do you all think? I would hang it in the cage or set it somewhere so Willow could walk in and out.
Probably either size would accommodate Willow, if he decides he likes the Jolly Ball. The larger one would give him a bit more room to move around in, but the smaller one would take up a little less space, which would be an advantage if Willow has a lot of other things already in his cage. You might need to let Willow get used to it away from his cage for a while before hanging it inside, which can be helpful if a parrot is reluctant to accept new things.
I just googled Pluto . He does have a colourful cage of chains and it looks like he has lots of fun. The jolly ball might be fun to have to play with but not leave in Just in case Willow decides it’s a nest that needs defending or that he wants to stay inside.
Also, I ordered a bunch of plastic Rainbow Links that slip together to make chains. I’ve only been adding them to Willows plain or chewed up toys, but after seeing Pluto’s cage I think I will hang a bunch of chains around Willow’s cage. He likes to arrange things so I hope he will get some fun out of the chains and they may be small enough to not be scary,
Cathy made a good point about not putting a Jolly Ball inside the cage, but it sounds like that wouldn't work in Willow's cage anyway. The rainbow links are a good idea. They are versatile and I've even used them to hang other parrot toys. I put one on one of Ralph's cage bars and he used to have fun sliding it up and down the vertical bar. He hasn't done that lately though.
I’m still considering the Jolly Ball and other fun items for my birds. Actually I have very long hair and read that chewy is the cheapest place to get really big microfiber towels. And then I have to spend a bit more so I can get free shipping…
Willow has been stomping around in his basket muttering. He’s been making lots more noises. I think that listening to YouTube videos is helping normalize the idea that it’s ok to make noise. It’s very funny because i can’t tell what he’s saying, if he’s saying anything, but he’s definitely bitching about something. Probably that I won’t give him another avicake and he has to pick among the crumbs that he’s dropped in the basket.
Hope you found some good things for the birds. I've only ordered from chewy once, the last time I bought a bag of pellets for Ralph. It cost a little more than what I usually pay on Amazon but the pellets got here fast. I don't have Amazon Prime and sometimes shipping is really slow. My niece buys everything for her dog and cats from chewy, even the special food she needs for one of the cats, which I guess is hard to find. She recommended that I try ordering from chewy since she's been so pleased with them.
I think that a lot of QPs like to mutter and grumble. Ralph does sometimes.
I did get the jolly ball, some pellets, and some microfiber towels. I find chewy is economical if I’m ordering $50 or more and get free shipping. I don’t know if I could’ve found this jolly ball (maybe at farm and fleet in the horse section?).
Someone from QPS recommended the 10” as what their QPs have. The 8” only came in red so I ordered 10” in purple.
I hope he likes it!
If he doesn’t maybe Jasper Meyers would like climbing in it?
Willow is getting used to the looks of the Jolly Ball. It’s been sitting on the foot of my bed and Willow comes out to have a snuggle at least once a day. During todays snuggle I moved the JB to two feet from Willow and he made some unhappy body postures but he got used to it. And after a couple hours I brought Willow near the JB. He touched it with his beak which I think is positive.
Willow was so funny today. He sat on his basket on my lap for an hour and a half. But if I started to try or on my phone or otherwise ignore Willow he had to bump me with his beak so I didn’t forget him.
It will be interesting to see how it goes with Willow and the Jolly Ball.
Ralph decided on his bedtime when I first got him. It never varies much-- always around 7:15 PM. I usually have him out to play after dinner and no matter what he's doing, he'll stop and look in the direction of his cage at around that time. He doesn't even need to look at a clock, he just knows that it's time for bed and he's ready for me to take him back to the cage. Even during the summer when it isn't completely dark at 7:15, Ralph sticks to his regular bedtime. Before I adopted Scooter she was used to staying up late but she quickly adapted to Ralph's preferred bedtime and she stuck with it too.