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New Quaker Diet

Postby TorontoQuaker95 » Sun Jan 14, 2018 10:30 pm

Hi everyone,

I have recently put a deposit down on a quaker and i have some questions regarding the daily diet of the bird.

-Is there a minimum amount of fruit and veggies that should be offered/eaten daily?
-How often should fruits and veggies be offered?
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Re: New Quaker Diet

Postby Pajarita » Mon Jan 15, 2018 10:57 am

Welcome to the forum and congratulations on your new baby! Quakers are excellent eaters and they love produce so you will have no problem whatsoever getting him/her to eat a good, varied diet. They should get produce every single day [they ADORE corn on the cob!].

There are two things that you need to be careful with them: the most important one is the light schedule. These birds come from the temperate zone in South America [I know that most sites say they are tropical birds but they are not, they come from the country where I was born and raised and it's NOT a tropical country] so they NEED, even more so than other species of parrots, a very strict solar schedule with full exposure to dawn and dusk [failing to do this will make the bird overly hormonal -read: aggression, screams and plucking]. The second is a good diet not high in protein [there aren't that many seeds or nuts that grow naturally in their natural habitat so they mostly eat fresh plant material -although they do destroy entire crops of grains] so they should never be free-fed pellets, seeds, nuts, nutriberries, etc. A good gloop, chop, mash or 'kitchen sink' in the morning accompanied by fresh produce and a measured amount of a good quality seed/nut mix with a couple of doses a week of a multivitamin/mineral supplement does the trick.
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