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Nova has been with me now for 2 weeks tomorrow. It feels like much longer than that. I mailed out his DNA test last Wednesday so I'm still waiting to hear back from them, but in the meantime I'm just referring to Nova as a "he".

We've been playing lots and interacting, he gets about an hour of out of cage time daily, but mostly likes the comfort of his cage. I try to bring him out as much as I can, but I'd say it's about an hour a day, he hangs out on his play gym, watches TV with me, I sing songs to him or listen to music with him (so far I can't figure out what kind of music he likes, though I was hoping he'd be a heavy metal fan like his mama, doesn't seem like it ).

We spend time together daily and I've brought out the clicker a few times. He seems to have understood within 5-6 clicks that if he touches the target, he gets a bite of his almond. Sneaky little bugger tries to take the almond into his foot so he can take more bites.

He definitely loves head scratches, he buries his head into my hand so I will scratch his head. He lets me touch him all over. I can open his wings, play with his feet/toes. I can put my hand over his back. He is very tame.

My fiancé and kids will try to touch him, but they are too nervous, so if he moves, they pull back fearing to get bitten. So he doesn't really interact with anyone but myself.

He started making a new noise the last few days, but only when I'm not in the room. I can hear him, he sounds almost like a squeaky toy. It's a new sound, and I wonder if it's him trying to mimic some words. We'll see. Up until now, he's only really make 3 different types of noises, a purring, a screeching and an even higher pitched screech... this squeaking is new.

He screeches when I leave the room. And I try not to go back into the living room until he stops, but sometimes it's hard if we are going out, the front door is in plain sight of his cage, so he thinks I'm there for him, but I don't acknowledge him.

I'm having a hard time getting him to eat his fruits and veggies. I've tried chopped, mashed, and even whole on a skewer. He nibbled at some carrots and apples, but that was the extent of it. I made some birdie bread, still not interested. I'm not giving up though!

I'm more than open to any advice or comments! I'm very much loving this board and look forward to checking in almost daily!!
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It seems like you're doing well with him so far, especially as you've only had him a few weeks! Th squeaky noise, from the quakers I've been around, tends to be their attempt to talk The one I worked with used to giggle a lot and it did sound like a dog shaking a toy hahaha

Regarding food, it's a tricky one! Persistence is the key but some birds can be downright stubborn What is he currently eating? A good tip is to give him a bowl of fresh foods first thing in the morning and nothing else. He will be hungry enough to go and investigate his bowl and then hopefully start tasting things. If you can get him perhaps just trying apple at first then that's a big step! Most birds will readily eat apple because it's not too soggy or mushy Once he starts eating certain things you can give him bowls with that in AND other foods (try cooked pasta, quinoa, lentils etc. too) and hopefully he'll soon get the idea! As long as he is eating the food and not starving himself that should be fine. Give him his seed mix and/or pellets on the evening. He'll get all the goodness of the fresh diet and probably won't want to eat much else then! It's how I do it with my flock anyway, for those who won't eat fresh foods! Or for those who need a little encouragement haha

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Thanks!! I'll try with an apple and see how he likes it. He's currently on a mix of mostly pellets and a bulk seed mix I think it's called petit hook bill mix or something along those lines. It has all sorts or stuff enough, he likes the corn best of all though. He like sunflower seeds and almonds for treats and has started to eat millet as well. I tried broccoli slaw thinking he may try it because it's all strands and he seems to enjoy shredding things... Nope! Lol...

I'm gonna try some cooked pasta with veggies this weekend and see if he will at least try that.

And I got the DNA results back Wednesday, Nova is officially a boy!
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Glad he is settling in. Quakers are so much fun! We have had ours for about 7 months. When we first got her she LOVED my daughter and tolerated my husband but HATED my son and I. Lately she has decided that we are all okay. Tonight she has made the rounds spending time with each member of the family.

In regards to eating fruits and vegis.... When we adopted our conure, he ate only pellets with occasional seeds for snack. He had no idea how to eat a pea when we first gave him one. Putting food in the cage was not very effective. "Joining" us for snacks or meals was a big motivator. He is now our little piggy. He has his likes and dislikes but will investigate and try almost everything we eat. And as a side effect we have to eat healthy.
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