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I prefer to use stainless steel bowls personally, they are easy to clean and the birds can spot them better. If it's a clear bowl with clear fluid in you may find that he won't know where it is
As for feeding him, I'm unsure what you mean by the seeds. I'm guessing you mean millet (the small round yellow/whitish seeds) and grass seeds (the long ones)? Does he not even try sunflower seeds (not ideal but at least it's food)?
The seed mix I offer to a lot of my birds has these ingredients ~ Safflower, Paddy Rice, Clipped Oats, Red Maize, Groats, Hemp, Small Indian Maize, Buckwheat, Pine Nuts (in shell), White Pumpkin, Papaya, Pineapple, Hulled Pumpkin, White & Red Dari, Micronised Barley, Raisins, Micronised Peas, Hazelnut Kernels, Almond Nut Kernels, Dried Diced Carrot, Walnut Kernels, Banana Chips, Dried Elderberries, Mountain Ash Berries, Whole Rosehips, Chillies, Coconut Chips
It has no sunflower or peanuts and it isn't too large for the quaker to crack. If you can find a seed mix with no sunflower seeds or peanuts in then you will have a much better mix for him
Other than that I would be trying to make his food bowl a bit more fun for him. The main diet for my birds is chop (if you google it you'll find plenty of links on how to make chop), seeds (more or less depending on the species), legumes, cooked foods and fruits. Quakers are prone to obesity so I would be increasing his intake of fresh foods as soon as possible. If you make the food in the bowl look more appealing you may find him more inclined to look in there. Use brightly coloured foods. If you're downright worried he's starving himself then I would try something simple like millet spray or a treat stick hung up where his favourite spot to sit is. If you can also feel his body condition you'll be able to see what his weight is looking like. If you can get him on some scales that would help!
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