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Old 08-09-2018, 08:49 AM
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She is really only in her cage to sleep. So I figured for sleeping purposes it'd be ok?
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The only way to confirm age is if the breeder has records and a way to keep track of all the babies - aka leg bands. Other than that, once a bird is fully weaned and in adult plumage, there's no way to visually tell a healthy 20 year old bird apart from a 1 or 5 year old bird! Behaviors may be different, but visually speaking, no difference.


Please be careful of those rope perches/toys! The perch itself looks shredded and that can be a potential danger. The hanging rope looks like it twists around itself which is another hazard.

I would also recommend a larger cage, but perhaps you already have plans on getting a larger cage for Gamora, she just doesn't have it yet!
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Old 08-09-2018, 01:47 PM
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Welcome. Non kidding, that rope perch is just waiting to trap a leg and cause serious harm or even ..... a dead birdie. They are cheap. Your babies are not.

Also, that yellow ball with the slots - stuff it with papers, my parrot loves to pull it out !
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Old 08-10-2018, 02:23 AM
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Re: My new quaker

If you're home 24/7 then the cage is probably okay, but if you ever leave for any extended period of time, would definitely recommend a larger cage still.
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Old 08-12-2018, 09:22 PM
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So I have a question.. It's not pertaining to a quaker.. But I was told the cage she was in is too small, which she is rarely in. But would this cage be suitable for lovebirds?

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Re: My new quaker

I would say that the cage is a little more well suitable for lovebirds simply because they are smaller.
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So I believe my Gamora is a boy... So his name is changed to Quill!!

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I wouldn't change names with out a DNA test. But that is just me.
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Old 08-14-2018, 07:55 PM
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Re: My new quaker

Where do I get a DNA test?
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Old 08-19-2018, 12:33 AM
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Re: My new quaker

There are several companies that do DNA sexing. Vets usually charge $30-$60 for the test, or you can find them online for $10-$25.

Healthgene
iQBirdTesting
VetDNACenter
VetDNA
AMRLabs
CaliforniaAvianLaboratory

etc

I can't say which one is the most accurate, although I don't necessarily trust the most popular one out there.
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Re: My new quaker

There's no way to know the sex without a DNA test, and you can either use one of the above labs that Monica listed, I believe most of them use a few fresh feathers that you pluck from the chest area, and they send the results in a couple of weeks. I wouldn't change the name until you do so, as you cannot tell a Quaker's sex at all without one. The online feather kits cost between $20-$30...Or, you can take your bird to your Avian Vet and have a DNA test done, it will be more expensive, and usually they clip a toenail and take a drop or two of blood for the test. Either way is safe and accurate, it's just a matter of what you want to do.

I got my Quaker from her breeder when she was 12 weeks old, she's now 3. She's a DNA-proved female, but she talks up a storm all day long, every day. Her voice isn't the clearest, but you can understand her, and she probably knows between 10-20 words/phrases, and that's just what she has picked-up from me and the other birds, I didn't purposely train her to speak. And usually the males are much better talkers, most females don't speak much at all. But Lita Ford does, lol. She's a punk, that's for sure...and the clown of my household. She's also the dancer of the house, she absolutely loves music (she was appropriately named), and she is a dancing fool!

That cage you just posted the photo of would be fine for a single Lovebird, but is small for a pair of Lovebirds. Definitely too small for a Quaker.
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