Okay.....this is going on the 3rd week Pauly the Quaker has moved in, and the 2nd week that the Conure Twins have moved in. The Conures came with tons of toys. I inspected all of them and even made homeade Happy Huts for everyone this morning because I want them to be able to "hide" when they need to. I rearranged the digs in each cage to surprise them when they came in from the outdoors. I put everything within climbing and investigating reach.
But nobody's buying it....nobody's playing with their toys, or even peeking in the Happy Huts. Everyone just sits and stares at me. Then eats up a storn - 3 times a day with Zupreem natural. Pauly fusses. When Pauly arrived it was like he never grew up with toys, period. He's like some kid that grew up in Africa with ZERO stuff to enjoy.
Will they play later? Will they ever go into their Happy Huts? Do I have to show them every teensy tinsey thing?
I'm trying to cover my behavior/training books as best I can, when I can, but I have to apply for a State Grant for medical training while I learn all this!
Post by msdani1981 on Jul 14, 2014 13:29:36 GMT -5
They should start playing and investigating, eventually. Quakers in particular really dislike change, especially in their cages. They are notoriously afraid of anything new. Give it a few days.
Dani and Zach ---------- FIDS: Taz (Cockatiel), Chewy (Quaker) and Lily (Budgie); Bilbo (Dog); Diablo (Cat); Mr. Newt; Fish; Camelia aka Cami (Horse); Pork Chop (Guinea Pig) Rehomed: Mickey the pigeon, Gypsy the horse, and 4 of the Jackson 5 (Diamond Doves) RIP: Arnie, Conan, Sammy, Petey, Ms. Praying Mantis, Tito, Pico, Mantis Shrimp, Fuzzy Lionfish, and Phoenix
After we got Bonnie (she was 8 weeks old) she slept clinging onto a perch for the first week. She didn't know what the happy hut was. I contacted the breeder and he said she would discover it on her own. Sure enough, at about the one week mark, she pulled herself up the bars with her beak and investigated the happy hut & she has slept in it every night ever since. Re toys, she didn't play with them for a couple of weeks, just stayed on the middle level perches of her cage. Gradually she began exploring up and down, then started to play with the bits 'n' pieces we put in there (e.g., lengths of thin ropes with knots tied in them and/or metal washers at 3-inch intervals, wooden ladders with bells, etc.).
Now she's into everything. I agree with Dani - just give it time. Good luck!
Hi, I just got two new birds a pineapple green cheeked conure and a quaker parrot after having a cockatiel after many years so trying to learn more about them. They were in the same cage together when i got them. When we got them home we put them in a larger cage and added many perches and a swing. They seemed ok till bed time when i turned the lights out and the conure seemed to freak out. the parrot went on one of the high perches and the conure couldn't find his way over to the same perch. i eventually took out the extra perches and left only one, they seemed to both go onto it and snuggled. is there normally an issue with a conure and quaker being together? Or is there usually a control issue between these two birds in a cage? anything else you can tell me? Thanks so much!!!!