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Old 11-26-2019, 09:31 AM
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Re: New Baby Quaker (Mango)

I will be removing this from Mangos cage and changing the ones my parents quakers have to sea-grass. I have gotten a bunch of different perches including the rope perch so i hope that keeps him comfortable enough. Once his cage is all done i will post to see if you or others have any additional suggestions. Thanks again for the advice!

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Welcome! Your baby is so very cute!!!

Get rid of that hut-- they are very dangerous and they are also hormonal triggers. Also-- keeping him so close to the kitchen poses risks in terms of burning food, gas emissions etc.
Thank you! That is just his temporary spot while his new cage comes in on Wednesday and for the time being we have been very careful about having him away from the kitchen while cooking. I read up on the huts and I did read some horror stories but my parents Quakers both have one and they love them . They sleep in them every night and they've had the for 10 plus years. Is there a different material maybe you recomend or do you think it's just no good at all? I just feel bad about his feet being tired from being in his perches all the time.
The hut is definitely a safety hazard-- if you are bent on having something like that, maybe sea-grass could be safer but even then, they could still get tangled in it potentially.

I think that most birds tend to like huts/tents (whether it is good for them or not---it tends to be their nature to find dark, nest-like places). I know my cockatoo does, but she doesn't get one because it makes her hormonal to have access to things like that (no dark spaces for Noodles).

Now, if your adult quakers aren't giving you any hormonal issues and they are doing okay, then that is good BUT, I wouldn't start a new bird off with one just because it is a gamble in terms of hormones and health. The bottom line (at least in my opinion) is that they are not necessary. Birds of all types do fine without them, so why risk it by introducing something unnecessary that could potentially harm them.

If you want a break from the perches, get some bird-safe rope perches (not cotton preferably). Also, by varying the types of perches in the cage, you prevent your birds feet from rubbing on the same areas all of the time, so that is recommended either way (to prevent bumble foot).
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Old 11-26-2019, 09:34 AM
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Re: New Baby Quaker (Mango)

would you be able to show me what you make for your birds? I'm not sure what a sleep chamber is.

I want to change my parents quakers huts because they have those fluffy ones but im not sure what is the best option for them. i feel bad completely removing them because they have had them for so many years.

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As always I buck the trend here on sleeping. Yes everything said above is true, threads, those fluffy huts are the worst! Crop impactions ECT.

I make my own using safer materials..check and remake them regularly. All of my birds use a sleeping chamber..
We are all here to share our experience.

I don't give my birds those chew toys with rope fringe, or fabric fringe toys because of the risks of threads. There are so many toys like that and I never hear that discussed.
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Old 11-26-2019, 05:51 PM
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Re: New Baby Quaker (Mango)

They don't technically need a special place to sleep, even if they are inclined to enter them when provided. Cockatoos are "cavity nesters" but mine sleeps just fine in her covered cage---no issues. Sure, there are birds out there who manage with huts/sleeping spaces, but most do better without them and none NEED them...If you provide a covered cage, that is sufficient---may be a challenge for those older birds who have grown used to a certain type of hut though...That is why I suggest that you go without with this new bird.
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Re: New Baby Quaker (Mango)

Yeah I removed it from his cage and he actually seemed happy because he had more room to play. As for my parents older quakers I don't think they will be happy about having them removed so i got them sea-grass huts and hopefully those are much safer. Thanks again for the suggestion.

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They don't technically need a special place to sleep, even if they are inclined to enter them when provided. Cockatoos are "cavity nesters" but mine sleeps just fine in her covered cage---no issues. Sure, there are birds out there who manage with huts/sleeping spaces, but most do better without them and none NEED them...If you provide a covered cage, that is sufficient---may be a challenge for those older birds who have grown used to a certain type of hut though...That is why I suggest that you go without with this new bird.
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Yeah I removed it from his cage and he actually seemed happy because he had more room to play. As for my parents older quakers I don't think they will be happy about having them removed so i got them sea-grass huts and hopefully those are much safer. Thanks again for the suggestion.

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They don't technically need a special place to sleep, even if they are inclined to enter them when provided. Cockatoos are "cavity nesters" but mine sleeps just fine in her covered cage---no issues. Sure, there are birds out there who manage with huts/sleeping spaces, but most do better without them and none NEED them...If you provide a covered cage, that is sufficient---may be a challenge for those older birds who have grown used to a certain type of hut though...That is why I suggest that you go without with this new bird.
Awesome! The older ones will probably take time to adjust-- they may not like the new huts but it makes sense to take it a bit slower with them, as it is what they have known for many years (especially since they have not had issues thus far). That having been said, the horror stories about those dang cloth huts are too numerous to ignore (in my opinion).
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Re: New Baby Quaker (Mango)

Hi Everyone,

Mango's cage has been updated and sleeping hut has been removed :-) (pictures attached). Any other suggestions or recommendations? I know the placement of the cage is not ideal but we don't really have anywhere else to put him. We do have a spare bedroom but i just feel like he would be isolated there. I like the fact that when we are in the living room hes right there by us in the kitchen. We don't cook much and when we do we always put him in his play gym away from the cage.

He has food accessible to him at all times being that he is baby (3 months), at what point would you recommend removing his food and only feeding him twice a day? Also, any tips on how to get him to try different foods? He won't try anything and just loves his pellets.

So far he is sooo sweet and loves head scratches. We have been taking him to grandma's house and using the flight suit, he is not a fan of it much but it honestly went better than I expected and he looks sooooo freaking cute.

Thank you all for the advice!
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Old 12-02-2019, 06:05 PM
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Re: New Baby Quaker (Mango)

Looks great! The only thing I would say is that dowel perch should be changed out for something with a natural texture---especially if he is sleeping on it or spending a large portion of his day there. You can get custom-made perches w/ textures/width variation to fit your cage if that perch came with it.
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Re: New Baby Quaker (Mango)

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Looks great! The only thing I would say is that dowel perch should be changed out for something with a natural texture---especially if he is sleeping on it or spending a large portion of his day there. You can get custom-made perches w/ textures/width variation to fit your cage if that perch came with it.
Would you change it if it's the perch he least goes on ? From what I've seen he only uses that perch to get on to other things. He doesnt even use it to eat, when he is eating he grips on to his bowls. His favorite perches are the rope ones, he sleeps on the big spirally one in the back do you think thats ok? I made sure to get multiple different perches of different widths so he has a lot of variety.
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Re: New Baby Quaker (Mango)

If he isn't spending a lot of time on it and your are sure he isn't sleeping on it, then it's probably fine.
Do you have any pummice perches in there for nail assistance? Not the sandpaper ones, but the "sweet feet" types? That might be something to consider if you don't have any already---can't tell.
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Re: New Baby Quaker (Mango)

i have two of these in there do you think they are good?
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If he isn't spending a lot of time on it and your are sure he isn't sleeping on it, then it's probably fine.
Do you have any pummice perches in there for nail assistance? Not the sandpaper ones, but the "sweet feet" types? That might be something to consider if you don't have any already---can't tell.
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