Constant Head Bobbing


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Dec 8, 2019
Opaline Blue Quaker
I'm a new Quaker owner and about four days of being home, he started to Bob his head... Constantly! Till he wakes up until he sleeps, I've read that Quaker babies will do this a lot but I wouldn't imgained to this extent! The head bobbing is accociated with wing flaps and squawking.
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Uh- oh he might still need some hand feeding,! He might have regressed. Also young birds need a lot of attention and social contact, and guidance. These next few weeks are very important to the birds development. Both physically and mentally. I have some good article on young parrots I'll get and link for you.

The Important Stages (key milestones) in the Life of a Parrot
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How's the new one doing? Did you try gei formula from the pet store and hand feeding,?
Or you can try feeding the pellets, seeds, veggies by hand to. I'm really worried your baby needs a little more time to be fully weaned. Read about weaning by abundance. I think it was covered in the article I linked for you.
Also can't wait to see pictures of your new baby!

If you haven't had parrots before I'm going to link a list of toxic stuff for our birds. Non stick cookware us a big no, can kill your bird in seconds when used for cooking, the toxic fumes can reach your parrot even behind closed doors or on different levels of the house.
Just checking on how you and your new Quaker baby are doing?
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Thank you so much for the links. He has since stopped from his three day head bobbing extravaganza. We were beginning the weaning process and he didn't want to try the dry food very much but after soaking in some warm water, he became open to the idea lmao!
Don't with hold hand feeding! Babies can suffer long term health problems from doing this as well as mental and behavior problems. Babies that are still being hand fed will try other new foods better, and actually wean themselves quicker. Please go through the first link very carefully. The following is part of the article from that link.

Important: It is important to note that no human can wean a baby bird, they do it automatically on their own. We can, however, cause a delay in the weaning process by not properly supporting the baby as he explores this strange, new world. In most parrots commonly kept as pets, weaning will occur between 10 and 25 weeks of age. Generally, the larger the bird, the longer the time required to complete the weaning process.

Weaning is a time of stress for your baby. Stress is defined as any stimulus that makes the brain work. The brain processes stress as good, bad or neutral. Good stress arises from stimulus that the brain easily processes and either learns from or finds pleasurable. Bad stress is stimulus the brain cannot easily process or determines to be detrimental to learning or pleasure. Neutral stress is caused by stimulus already known to the brain and is automatically processed. It is important to note that stimulus experienced by a happy, healthy and confident baby, normally processed as positive, can turn negative if the brain encounters much frustration.

I.E. A sleepy, hungry or sick baby can become aggravated or frustrated when experiencing something he normally would find very pleasurable. On the other hand, a happy, well-fed and confident baby will be more apt to process a new and possibly difficult or frustrating task as positive.

Important: There is one major difference between the experience of weaning in the natural parrot environment and in captivity. Soon after leaving the nest in the wild and while still being parent-fed, the baby is nibbling solid food along side of its parents and other flock members. The wild baby sees others just like him eating and is able to mimic their feeding behavior.

Wild babies fed by their parents quickly recognize solid food. Long before a baby can fly the parents are feeding less digested food because of the increasing quantity of food needed by the baby. The chunks are large enough that the texture and taste are already obvious when the juvenile begins to eat on its own. You can take advantage of this natural method by mixing small pieces of solid food into the formula. As the baby begins to wean you can periodically switch to a spoon to make this it easier to feed formula with chunks of food in it. This process can begin as early as two weeks of age but there is very little advantage until the baby is starting to eat some adult food at about 6 weeks of age.

2. Introducing Adult Food to the Baby
Many of the items you supply for the baby to play with during the weaning process should be food. These items should include not only the food you expect to be feeding after weaning, but also foods with all types of colors, shapes, textures and flavors. These items should include fruits, vegetables, breakfast cereals and any healthy foods you may be eating. More types of food items will offer more chances he will like one right away.

Initially, the food should be in pieces no larger than a pea.. This size easily fits into the baby's mouth and will leave more residue on the tongue and beak. Once the food residue makes its way to the back of the mouth, it makes contact with the taste buds, causes salivation, and increases the babies desire to experience flavors. Up until this point, the baby has expected you to put the food into his mouth. Now he will learn he can do it himself. With your finger, you can place a small piece of squishy food like banana in the back of the mouth or tongue. As the tongue moves around this food, the baby will end up swallowing a small amount and start to get the idea.

Babies will readily eat off the ground before they will eat out of a dish. As soon as the baby begins to walk around he will begin putting anything and everything in his mouth. This is a good time to introduce food. Try scattering the food on a sheet of paper in the bottom of his cage or container. As the baby begins to pick up items with his feet there should be food items available large enough for him to easily pick up and manipulate.

As babies become independent, there will be a progressive reduction of quantity and frequency of feedings. As the baby reaches his maximum weight, the amount of food needed greatly decreases. The baby is no longer growing as fast and will gradually need only the amount of food necessary for daily maintenance. During this phase many hand feeders begin to withhold feedings with the belief that the hungry baby will eat on his own if the formula is withheld. This is a dangerous misconception and may cause long-term physical and mental disabilities. Babies well-nourished with formula are more curious and will look forward to trying almost all new food. As a survival strategy, starving birds focus on finding known food sources (formula/Mom) and will not experiment with new foods. The logic is that it is better to spend critical time finding your known food source than experiment with foods that may not be good for you.

You will find that when babies start learning to eat solid food they will often go to the bowl and start eating right after you feed the formula. Since the formula is fed relatively fast the stomach has not yet provided feedback to the brain that he is full. The nurturing-independence factor resulting from Mom feeding the baby will cause the baby to be more adventurous right after you have provided the nurturing attention by feeding. Since he has just been fed/nurtured and you have started him thinking about eating a baby will often go right to the bowl to continue the meal. Keeping the baby well fed will promote independence and shorten his weaning process.

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