Leading to another Quaker parrot bird food question
I’m having trouble finding a food mix that my Quaker parrot will eat.
Most of the Tropimix-type foods she just picks through and eats only one or two types of seeds out of.
She won’t even touch the fruit. She eats a little and then is bored.
She does the same with people food.
Eats a little and then is bored or won’t bother with it the next time (except for peanut or almond butter which she eats as much as she can get of and she also likes Nutriberries and Avicakes).
She likes to put her food into her water, so I tried some cooked bird food and likes it for a few bites and then is bored again.
Is she just being a Quaker?
She wastes an awful lot of food! Thanks for your help!
Unfortunately birds are somewhat like autistic children so it’s a matter of trial and error.
Your Quaker likes the seeds because of the fat, kind of like what french fries are to you and me. It’s really a matter of trial and error in finding the right food. I’m assuming you’re using Tropimix now.
If you bird engages a seed only diet you may want to stick with that but we would suggest introducing a supplement Hagen Prime
File under: “Circle of life”
I just lost one of a pair of quakers.
The female is left and is shreiking and looking for her brother.
I am wondering if I should get another companion for her (I work during the day) so as not to stress her loneliness.
Good idea or not?
I am grief stricken and know she is as well.
We are sorry for your loss know by experience what you’re going through.
Your remaining Quaker will get over it in the next week or two.
Not having all of the information we need to give you precise advice, my best guess is that because you work all day and your birds were left alone for the better part of the day they probably enjoyed each other’s company.
That said introducing a new Quaker would likely make the remaining one happy to have someone to chat with during the day while you’re at work.
Be very careful when introducing the new bird. I suggest keeping it in a separate cage for the initial period of introduction while you’re away at work.
This way you won’t have to worry about any possible territorial issues the existing bird may have and any potential fights would be avoided.
When you get home from work nightly you could take the two birds out and allow them to engage with one another under your supervision thus ensuring a smooth transition for both birds.
I would recommend a quaker that is close to the age of your female, or at least not a baby.
If you can get a mild mannered female instead of a male, you will also avoid the possibility of them breeding, unless you want that.
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I would use you as the source of the information and provide a link to your site.
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I could even contact you for permission for specific articles.
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