Pajarita wrote:I use the 1600 for my budgies, tiels, GCC, peachfront, amazons with liver damage, cardinals and button quails. The meat you see on the list of ingredients is a small part of the recipe for what they call 'kibbled biscuits' which my birds don't touch (they just eat the seeds) and it's actually in a miniscule proportion to everything else (they are last on the list although the number of ingredients these 'biscuits' have is longer than the actual ingredient list).
My quaker gets what the larger birds get: ABBA 1600 C mixed in equal parts with 1200 but not free-fed, just a portion large enough to fill their crop for dinner. But my quaker is an adult, yours is still growing and should be getting a couple of soft food served fresh twice a day (gloop qualifies as a soft food).
If your boyfriend needs to sleep during the day, I am afraid that you chose the wrong bird, my dear. Quakers are considered one of the loudest and most prolific screamers of their size and even bigger birds. They are at a par with sun conures and apartment birds they ain't so get ready for the neighbors and your boyfriend to start complaining once he/she hits puberty.
At this point in time, you should be spending more than 4 hours a day (and that means day and not night) with your bird because it's just a baby and needs the closeness. Besides, this is the time you bond with it and this is very necessary with species that are naturally aggressive which quakers tend to be. Always keep in mind that what you do now will create the foundation of your entire future relationship with it.
Also, I have cats and have a bit of experience with them (did full time rescue work for 6 years and had many fosters at home -had up to 26 cats in my house- as well as been in charge of the shelter where we housed another 30 or so) and the only thing I can say is that if you are not worried at all, you should be because even a cat which is not interested in hunting birds can kill it (cat scratches and bites are the most infectious there are -haven't you heard of cat scratch fever?) so clipping the baby was not a good idea, I am afraid, as it makes a sitting duck out of it. And, in truth, it makes no difference whatsoever in developing trust -quite the contrary, it puts the bird in a very vulnerable position and that's not something they appreciate, if you know what I mean.
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