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I bought 2 quaker parrots from a flea market a few days ago the guy told me its a male and female and they are 8 months. Does anyone know if you can tell how old they are by looking at them? Im not sure if the guy was telling the truth. The next problem that I am having is they really dont want anything to do with me or my husband they scream when we try to take them out while there out they bite and try to fly and run away. We want to be able to hold them and have them come out of the cage on there own and have them come to us instead of picking them up.

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froggy3432

Asked by froggy3432 at 5:54 PM on Feb. 25, 2009 in Pets

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  • Go to the website: drsfosterandsmith
    and click on birds

    They might have something there that could answer your question. I notice they also offer live help.
    timelessglass

    Answer by timelessglass at 6:08 PM on Feb. 25, 2009

  • If the birds are already 8 months old it i unlikely they will ever become as tame as you would like them to be.
    jamesmommy12

    Answer by jamesmommy12 at 6:41 PM on Feb. 25, 2009

  • treats work wonders. They are very smart birds. And a bird at 8 months is still a baby. The larger the bird the longer the life span. Scarlet and Blue and Gold macaws can live over 100 years. So the age is not the issue. these are very smart birds and just don't know you yetL Lure them out to you using treats and soft voices. They will get used to you. Although they aren't known for being the most friendly breed of bird.
    Lovemybabies885

    Answer by Lovemybabies885 at 9:14 PM on Feb. 25, 2009

  • If you want a bird to bond to you, they need to be in their own individual cages. Most birds bond for life and will not bond with a human if their mate is caged with them.
    They only way to be sure of their age/gender will be a DNA test at their age. It is $$ as well. Also, you need to make sure that you are not breaking the law in your state as Quakers are illegal in many states.
    Also, remember that you are invading their territory..biting is their way of showing they feel threatened. It will take time to bond with the birds...it doesn't happen overnight. Make sure that you are offering fresh fruits and veggies as well.
    mcginnisc

    Answer by mcginnisc at 2:57 PM on Feb. 26, 2009

  • They are bonding to each other and will NOT want human interaction if they are allowed to do that. You need to have separate cages for them so that they do not become a bonded pair. Birds are either beeders or they are pets. They very very rarely can be both.
    Separate yours ASAP. They are already bonded. You are going to have to do a lot of training.
    First step is to spend time next to each cage talking and giving treats.
    To best train, stop filling feed bowls. Feed them a small meal 3x daily like people. The idea is to get them to be hungry for treats. Not starving, just have the munchies. Each time they do something "good" treat them. You probably will only be able to train for a few minutes at a time, but a couple min 5 or 6 times a day will accomplish a lot fast.
    PM me for tons more info on bird training.
    SnoWhiteImages

    Answer by SnoWhiteImages at 5:06 PM on Feb. 26, 2009

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