Congratulations on your new companion and pet. You are going to fall in love with each other.
Trained to not fear humans
1. Your new baby quaker, if purchased from Friendly Bird Aviary, has just been weaned and has been gently trained by hand to not fear human interaction. You’ll want to remember that your new bird is still a new baby and be very gentle. Use a soft voice and slow motions, just like you would if you were dealing with a newborn infant.
2. Your yellow-eyed quaker parrot needs to be kept warm and well-fed. Put pellets and water in a sturdy reachable container, on the floor of their cage. At this stage, your sweet baby may not yet know how to reach up to the higher cups. Be sure to also put their millet at the bottom of the cage for the same reason.
Yellow-eyed Quaker Parrot
3. Let your new parrot get comfortable in their new cage before trying to interact with him. Truly this is no different than us wanting to get a lay of the land when we move before we start socializing. Perfectly reasonable that our pets might need the same consideration.
4. In the beginning, you will want to fill your sweet baby’s cage with toys and perches but hold off! Start with one or two low perches and no toys. The goal is to let them feel comfortable in their space and not overstimulated. As he grows and your relationship grows, there will be plenty of time to shower him in gifts.
Catherine Statham Kasilof, Alaska: “I purchased a DNA sexed Male Dark Eye Yellow Quaker baby from this wonderful Aviary, Friendly Bird Aviary. Rosella shipped this bird clear to Alaska and he arrived safely and is a wonderful gentle hand fed baby that is just gorgeous.”7/21/2022 7:36:14 PM
5. Talk to your bird! Call him from outside of the cage and let him get used to your voice. Gently open the cage and push your index finger under his belly to teach him to step up onto your hand. Talking in a soft voice, praise him, and slowly put him on your shoulder. Eventually, your bird will welcome being put on your chest for cuddles. When he is comfortable with this you will also be able to massage his forehead and cheeks.
6. It is perfectly normal for birds to fly so do not be alarmed if they fly off your shoulder to explore! He has been humanely clipped and is not able to go far. It is important to not leave small openings to the outside or windows open as they are adventurous and will take the opportunity to go outside if you let them. Out in the open, they are still capable of flying quite high.
Jennifer L Huey HINESVILLE, Georgia: Rosella has the sweetest heart, and I can call her a friend of mine. I bought a baby bird and Rosella made sure I was set to travel back home, with knowledge and supplies that I would need. I would definitely buy from her again.” ❤️8/30/2021 6:31:01 PM
7. Encourage exploring on the floor! Let him wander a little and then scoop him up in your hand and put him back on your shoulder.
8. A great way to introduce your entire family is to have them sit on the floor and then let your parrot explore on the floor while they watch. Let your parrot take the lead by moving from person to person. Yellow-eyed quaker parrots are social and will want to meet each person. Letting him do this while playing on the floor will be great fun for everyone!
Nick Schirmers Minneapolis, Minnesota: “Amazing lady with amazing birds. Highly recommend if she has a breed your looking at to buy from her. You will get a very friendly and well tempered pet for the whole family to enjoy. Thanks again.” 8/3/2021 7:23:09 PM
9. Consider a playground at the top of their cage. Quaker birds like heights! Set up a playground on top of their cage for extra fun.
10. After four to five days in their new cage you can start adding fun toys. Go slow and don’t overwhelm them. Not unlike babies, they can be startled and overwhelmed by too much stuff.
11. At Friendly Bird Aviary we wean our quakers on Zupreen pellets, cockatiel size (but they can be gradually switched to new pellets like Harrison or Roudybush or any of your choice). If the pellets are all broken in the bowl, replace them with fresh unbroken pellets. Once this routine is established and your quaker is eating the pellets well, you can add some additional treats such as Lafeber nutri-berries or pellet berries. Boiled eggs are another good treat for Quakers and vegetables low in sugar and water work well too!
Kathy Bellerose Port Charlotte, Florida: “I bought a baby Quaker from Rosella. She was there for me every step of the way, teaching me, giving advice, available for help day or night. She is a remarkable woman with a huge love for her birds. I HIGHLY recommend!!“/28/2020 12:58:29 AM
12. One reason people purchase a Quaker Parrot is for their great ability to talk. When Quakers are just weaned, they make some funny sounds which are the beginning of them talking. So, encourage your Quaker to express himself by repeating words over and over. Sooner or later, you will hear him talking those words. They are surely some great chattery companions!
BONUS Tips for Yellow-Eyed Quaker Parrots
13. People are always concerned about their birds not taking a bath. At Friendly Bird Aviary we do not force birds to water. We expose birds to water dishes and running faucets, but the bird has to be the one to take the initiative to interact with water. Forcing water with a spray bottle or a shower could have negative reactions or consequences.
14. From all of us at Friendly Bird Aviary, thank you. We hope you love your new friendly yellow-eyed quaker parrot as much as we have. We’re available for questions and help if you need it. We want you to have great success.