The Quaker Parrot (Monk Parakeet) may be the best Parrot.

THE Quaker's speaking ability is considered by many, to be in the Top Ten of Speaking Birds. Many of the more popular Parrots, don't have much of a personality. They may speak a bit clearer, with a few more phrases, but personality? Not so much!
This little guy will keep you on your toes.................... What's that your eating? I want some!.....Where you goin'? Take me with you!!!!! I Love to sing!! Teach me a song. The Nest Building is Unique to the Quaker Parrot (monk Parakeet). Give him some materials, and watch him go!
Don't let your Shepard, or Siameese around!!! They'll be chased down the hall, by this little bundle of feathers.

The Quaker's speaking ability is astounding!

SMOOCHES' cage cover is an orange towel. He knows it as "My Baby". Time appropriate, he says, "You got my Baby", "Here's your Baby", "We go Beddie-Bie". It's now time for "Peek-a-boo".
The "Time Appropriate Speech" is rare to any "Mimicking Birds" While the Quaker does mimic many sounds , there are many things you may hear from the Quaker, You won't hear from most other Parrots.
While your washing your hands, or maybe some Vegies, "Whatcha doin'". Maybe if you leave the room, "Where ya goin'", "I Love You", "I miss You", or maybe just a "big wet kiss". We can't forget "Come 'ere"!!!!
The Quaker Parrot is definitely a "HUGE PARROT, in a TINY BODY"
If your thinking about placing a bird into your home, don't overlook "The Quaker Parrot"!

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Quaker Parrot Diet

Your QUAKER’s Diet

The Diet For Your QUAKER PARROT Is Very Important.

The Quaker Parrot, in it's natural habitat, generally eats fruits, vegies, seeds, berries, nuts, and insects. In captivity, your QUAKER PARROT's diet should be pellets (24-7), fresh vegies, fresh fruits, and fresh water. Millet, and seeds should be considered treats.

Your Quaker will eat about 2-3 tablespoons of pellets per day.

Supplement the pellets with about a tablespoon of fresh vegies, around the same time each day, and a small amount of fruit 2-3 times a week. Uneaten, fresh foods should be removed after an hour, or so. We don't want to get him sick with Healthy Foods gone bad.

Always change your QUAKER's food, and water, daily. A clean environment, is a healthy environment.

Quaker Parrots love a wide variety of Human foods. Take a look at my chart of healthy foods.

Pellets can be found at your local pet store, and on my FOOD page. The varieties are pretty simple. SMALL BIRDS, MEDIUM BIRDS, LARGE BIRDS. The dietary needs for your QUAKER, are basically summed up here. Talk to your local specialist, about which is best for your bird.   Hand fed BIRDS are raised on a very specific diet, gradually weening them into the "pellet program". Once your QUAKER is weened, he may take to "people food" (fruits, vegies, meats, pastas, etc.) quickly. Some QUAKERS seem to not be interested in people food at all. "Just give me the pellets"!!!!!

Encourage your QUAKER to move on. Place small samples of vegies, fruits, etc., in the food dish. Nibble on the food, directly in front of him. Make it seem "fun", "exciting", "enticing". Rub a little of the juices on his beak, so he can get a taste. Caution: Don't do this in a pushy manor!!!!! Your QUAKER loves to play. Turn it into a "GAME". If your too pushy, you will be taking steps back, instead of forward.

Vegeies should be provided morning, and evening. Remove left overs after about an hour , or so, to prevent bacterial contamination. Fruits are generally high in sugar content. Keep the fruits down to a couple times a week, and small quantities.

QUAKERS are prone to "fatty liver disease". This can greatly reduce your QUAKER's lifespan. Avoid fatty foods, including, bird seed, and high sugar content foods. Sugar turns into fat!!!! ( your QUAKER gets most of his nutritional needs from pellets)

While QUAKERS love dairy products, they don't suckle, as young. Mammals have the natural enzymes, to break down, and digest dairy. This is not a natural thing for Birds, Parrots.  A tiny peace of cheese, or a little dab of plain, no sugar, yogurt, is a nice treat on occasion, but too much can get backed up in the crop, and cause serious bacterial infections, and even death.

Chocolate, and avocado are extremely TOXIC to PARROTS. No coffee, tea, soda, or alcohol. Many fruit seeds, such as, apples, and peaches, contain cyanide. Don't try to guess which are good. Avoid all fruit seeds.

"JUNK FOOD",.....  Do I need to say any more???

Remember, "YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT". A healthy diet, and clean environment, add up to a healthy QUAKER.


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