I haven't checked in here lately as it took me a long time to get over losing Mark, and then we adopted Percy who died at the vet's almost a year ago due to terrible diet-related health problems from her previous life.
Now we only have one bird, a quaker named Lucky. As best we can tell he is at least 18 yrs old, based on leg band info, the year he flew into a friend's backyard, and how long we've had him.
When Mark got sick I did all the obsessive research I could on quaker lifespans and kept getting the up to 40 yrs response from 'informational' sources like books, articles & websites. But what I found was that actual people talking about their bird's age at death were consistently around 20yrs.
I know quakers have FLD, and that was a huge part of Percy's health issues, but now Lucky just 'looks' like an older guy even without health problems.
He just seems a little more frail, his eye rings look more like an old person's wrinkles. Same with his feet. His beak cuticle has more 'defects' and he doesn't seem to go into full molt as often.
His environment is action-packed, he gets good sleep, diet is as good as he tolerates, etc.
I just get an 'old person' vibe from him now. At least I won't be blind-sided if he dies sooner than later, unlike when Mark died, knowing that 'up to 40 yrs' is the far far reaches of quaker lifespans and 20 seems more average.
Thank-you, for all you do for your Parrots!
If you have not had your Lucky into your Avian Vet of late, please do so! Have a full blood spectrum completed and look for specific illness of older Parrots.
We keep a really close watch on our Amazon's chems and are always adjusting diet to what we are seeing. Our Amazons commonly come to us sick and we keep very close watch on them.
It maybe possible that with your AV's support, Lucky may be a bit more active. More importantly, you will have knowledge and I have always found that useful as we fight for every additional day with our Amazon!