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Advice for Quaker Parrot?

Hello! I'm getting a Quaker parrot soon and so I was wondering if anyone has any advice for me! Please let me know what Quaker advice you have! Thanks!
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Thank you!! I do have a few questions for you-
First off, how long do you recommend leaving them in the cage when I first get one home? What should the trust training look like?
Do they need any care that other birds wouldn't have?
I've seen videos of them talking. How can I teach mine to talk?
Speaking of training, are they easy or difficult to train?
I've got the food ready, but what about treats? In general, what are their favorite kinds of treats for training/praise?
What cage would you recommend for one Quaker? And with what toys?
I've never owned a bird before, though I've been around them quite a bit. And suggestions/advice for a new parrot owner?
I'm getting a pallid blue one and he/she is so adorable! And I'm so excited to get one!!
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So many questions lol

I have lived with quakers for several years, my ex has them now, I'm specializing in Caiques.

Some pointers:
1) Diet. Restrict sunflower seed. Quakers are prone to fatty liver disease and can die young as a result. They really are omnivores though. Feed lots of fruit and vegetables. Noodles pic attached..

2) Cage territoriality. Yes they are very cage territorial. They will sit in the cage doorway and shout at passing birds they can see through the window lol. Dont force the birdie out of the cage, rather bribe them.

3) I find the quakers sound more harsh than the shrill caiques. They nest in colonies. The colony is louder than a jet taking off.

But one bird will be a piece of cake.
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Thank you!! I do have a few questions for you-
First off, how long do you recommend leaving them in the cage when I first get one home? What should the trust training look like?
Do they need any care that other birds wouldn't have?
I've seen videos of them talking. How can I teach mine to talk?
Speaking of training, are they easy or difficult to train?
I've got the food ready, but what about treats? In general, what are their favorite kinds of treats for training/praise?
What cage would you recommend for one Quaker? And with what toys?
I've never owned a bird before, though I've been around them quite a bit. And suggestions/advice for a new parrot owner?
I'm getting a pallid blue one and he/she is so adorable! And I'm so excited to get one!!
If the bird is a baby or is already super tame then I wouldn't worry too much about not handling them right away, some birds need it and it may help them settle in better. A bird who is completely hands off however may need to be left for some time to just get used to you being around them

As for talking, they're not guaranteed talkers, no bird is. I've found that quakers can pick things up quite easily but what they're saying doesn't always make sense haha. You may be able to tell because you know you're own bird but they're usually quite squeaky

For treats I would use seeds, nuts (not peanuts), a grape (if you're training just cut them up into quarters), cut up pieces of apple usually go down a treat

I consider them quite easy to train, especially if you're using a clicker and target. They like to please and are very sociable birds

I don't feel they need any extra care as a species, except watch their diet. They love fatty foods and they should be limited on what they can eat. I prefer to feed chop because you can't go wrong

With a cage I don't think you can go wrong with a flight cage. The bigger the better either way, as long as your bar spacing isn't too big. I find them quite active and they will use the space you give them as long as you utilize it well. They love fleece toys (use with caution) to snuggle with and other fabric toys, tents etc. but they love to shred too so anything paper, card and such will go down well with them. I like to use acrylic foraging toys with all of my birds because they're reusable and don't get damaged, always handy to have

The only real recommendations I have is to locate a good avian vet local to you. A good vet can be the most important thing you'll need. I recommend reading posts on www.birdtricks.com/blog as they give all sorts of advice on different subjects. Read as many books as you can. Try and make their diet as close to what they'd naturally eat as possible and you'll find you have considerably less health issues. I would also recommend that you don't clip them, but that's just me. Being birds I think it's essential that they can fly. If it is a baby you're getting then you definitely 100% don't want to clip. Building muscles at a young age is essential on all levels!

Hope that helps a little bit

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I had a blue Quaker for 6 years before a fateful accident. Best bird ever, hands down. He began talking and learning tricks almost immediately, and was a little clown. He insisted on being the star of the show and would perform on demand & potty trained fairly fast too. Sailor will always be in my heart. I'd love to have another. Let them pick you is my best advice and spend 30 minutes of training a day. . good luck.
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