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Old 02-14-2020, 08:03 AM
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Quaker Arriving USPS Today

Hey all, I'm new to the bird world. I went through Finch Farms for my Quaker. He/She will be arriving today around noon. It will be arriving by special courier arrangements. I am gonna admit that I am absolutely clueless with birds. Ive read as much as I can about behavior, health, diets, etc.

Suggestions on the unveiling of my new little buddy? Do I put him/her directly into his new cage, or on his new perch, or just let him/her walk around the counter? Just nervous that I'll suck!

ANY advice is welcome....unless its negative comments....you can move on.

Thanks in advance my new friends!
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Old 02-14-2020, 08:15 AM
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Welcome! Oh wow! Let him lead you with interaction! Remember, most likely, he is terrified and is sure you may kill him! This is so- wow! He may be, I’m scared, stay with me, or, I’m scared, stay away! Respect his wishes and remember, this is a relationship/companion! Not a pet!

Another point! He is exhausted! Vancouver,WA is a long trip! And sensory overload! Not understanding anything!
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Old 02-14-2020, 08:23 AM
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"ANY advice is welcome....unless its negative comments....you can move on.

Thanks in advance my new friends!
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Ouch!
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Old 02-14-2020, 08:28 AM
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Welcome! Oh wow! Let him lead you with interaction! Remember, most likely, he is terrified and is sure you may kill him! This is so- wow! He may be, Iím scared, stay with me, or, Iím scared, stay away! Respect his wishes and remember, this is a relationship/companion! Not a pet!

Another point! He is exhausted! Vancouver,WA is a long trip! And sensory overload! Not understanding anything!
Great! I do plan on letting it take the lead. Our animals are definitely our family. I will have my hands full introducing my two mastiffs and two cats to the new addition. Iím wondering though....should I just allow each one to meet/greet or just allow an organic noticing of the bird. I am calling it an ďitĒ cause I havenít settled on a name yet.
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Old 02-14-2020, 08:35 AM
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Dogs and cats equals death in an instant!
You are much better off having them maintain their distance! Many of us on here have gone through a nightmare! I am one of them! You canít move fast enough!
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Old 02-14-2020, 08:42 AM
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Re: Quaker Arriving USPS Today

Noted. I also plan on not clipping for quite a while...for defensive reasons obviously. But yes I plan on keeping them at a distance, but think they need to know his there and not invading our space. Same with the cats when I brought them in. I know this is totally different. Just curious on thoughts of others that have already Been there, done that. Thank you so much for your insight. I’m proceeding with extreme caution
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Old 02-14-2020, 08:53 AM
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Re: Quaker Arriving USPS Today

Welcome to the forum! Congratulations on your new one!!!

When he arrives, ofcourse all pets locked up away. I would have apple slices and some minced up, some fresh corn just sliced off, a millit spray, some safflower seeds ready. He is going to be a little dehydrated, as very few eat or drink with travel. That's why I suggested having some apple slices ready, and fresh corn for their high desirability and moisture content.

When he gets there I would take him so he can see the new cage, while still in his shipping thing ( hope you provide pictures of it, I didn't know birds shipped! ) . Sit down with him and talk calmly, try bit to just stare at him , wait till he seems to calm some, a few minutes. Then if you can offer him a little bit of apple. You want coming out of the shipping to be positive, same with cage introducing. Hopefully he can at least look at his new home for a few min, get some yummy apple in him. Then I would take him out, if he wants to be with you, then I'd sit and feed him and give him water, use all the bribe yummy foods.if he is well socialized he will want comfort. If he is scared I would put him in the cage and sit in a chair next to it sideways do you aren't looking right at him. And just chill and talk calm read out loud, have a great dish just inside the cage next to wear you sit so you , can plop done treats in thetr. Have water and food on the other side, because he will need to drink and eat.
I'd stay sitting next to cage till he is calm and exokiro and ate or drank something's. Then I'd give him space , and just be in the general area, he might need a nap. Then in an hour or two I would start walking up saying hi and putting a safflower seed in his treat dish. Repeating every few minutes , then give him a break and be near by in sight line. If he flock calls answer him. Repeat throughout the day. Sit near him offer treats through the bars if will take, but no pressure. If at any time he begs to be with you, ofcourse get him out and love on him.
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Old 02-14-2020, 08:55 AM
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Re: Quaker Arriving USPS Today

Toxic List for our Birds.

This is a great link, starts with normal behavior, then later in the article covers abnormal behavior.
https://lafeber.com/pet-birds/bird-behavior/

This is one of my favorite article, had so much good stuff, can be used to prevent stress. O. The part with clicker training , I shape behavior but I just say good bird and give treat I stead of clicking.
https://lafeber.com/pet-birds/stress...ot-companions/

On the cats , it's a big safety issue......
On the dogs, my dogs aren't lowed within five feet of the cage , or me if I have the parrot with me, I do t even allow them toook at the parrots. In Cesar Millan speak, I'm top dog, the parrots are mine, no sharing. This has served me well in the 18 years if parrots and dogs. I do do not lie the parrots to go mess with the dogs, and they want to, ugh.
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Old 02-14-2020, 09:06 AM
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Re: Quaker Arriving USPS Today

Quote: Originally Posted by Laurasea View Post
Welcome to the forum! Congratulations on your new one!!!

When he arrives, ofcourse all pets locked up away. I would have apple slices and some minced up, some fresh corn just sliced off, a millit spray, some safflower seeds ready. He is going to be a little dehydrated, as very few eat or drink with travel. That's why I suggested having some apple slices ready, and fresh corn for their high desirability and moisture content.

When he gets there I would take him so he can see the new cage, while still in his shipping thing ( hope you provide pictures of it, I didn't know birds shipped! ) . Sit down with him and talk calmly, try bit to just stare at him , wait till he seems to calm some, a few minutes. Then if you can offer him a little bit of apple. You want coming out of the shipping to be positive, same with cage introducing. Hopefully he can at least look at his new home for a few min, get some yummy apple in him. Then I would take him out, if he wants to be with you, then I'd sit and feed him and give him water, use all the bribe yummy foods.if he is well socialized he will want comfort. If he is scared I would put him in the cage and sit in a chair next to it sideways do you aren't looking right at him. And just chill and talk calm read out loud, have a great dish just inside the cage next to wear you sit so you , can plop done treats in thetr. Have water and food on the other side, because he will need to drink and eat.
I'd stay sitting next to cage till he is calm and exokiro and ate or drank something's. Then I'd give him space , and just be in the general area, he might need a nap. Then in an hour or two I would start walking up saying hi and putting a safflower seed in his treat dish. Repeating every few minutes , then give him a break and be near by in sight line. If he flock calls answer him. Repeat throughout the day. Sit near him offer treats through the bars if will take, but no pressure. If at any time he begs to be with you, ofcourse get him out and love on him.
WOW, excellent advice! Thank you so much. That was things I needed to hear for some type of direction to take. I will follow that advice, and play it by ear. By the way....what are some of the irresistible treats that they all like? Apples and Corn? Cause youíre right, poor thing is gonna need some fluids.
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Old 02-14-2020, 09:17 AM
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Re: Quaker Arriving USPS Today

Apples are very desirables, mine don't like grapes, but you could try that. The millet spray will temp eating even from stressed birds they can't resist. Yij definitely want him eating and drinking as soon as possible. Birds can't go that low h with out eating, plus it will make him feel better, and help him relax.
Mine like fresh zucchini and cucumbers diced up. But he may not know veggie are good... You should be feeding him whatever the plac you got him from feeds, them slow introduce other foods, except for veggies and fruit you can offer those every day.
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