He wont come out of the cage - wont go back in and he is nippy

by Barbara Homewood
(Spokane WA)

I bought an untamed Quaker a month ago. He was MEAN. In this month I can now put my hand in the cage and he does not bite me. He plays pee a boo.... to get him out though I have to take him to the bathroom and kinda force him out. He doesnt scream so I think I am doing ok. He will step on a stick not my fingers. Today I allowed him to come out on his own and I built a place he could play on top and he LOVED it. When I went near he went behind the cage. Hours later I said nite nite he got mad and would not allow me to even get him to step on a stick then he bite me. I had to towel him ... WHAT am I doing wrong. I tried treats he eats NOTHING but his food....please help me I feel I am making progress then stepping backwards.

He wont talk he makes weird noises I say speak english he shuts up, lol wont talk english but he does not scream either

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May 05, 2012
He wont come out of the cage - wont go back in and he is nippy
by: Linda

First thing to understand is you are moving way too fast with him. He is wild, and this means he does not trust you at all nor has he probably ever trusted a human. You are doing what is necessary, but I sense you are wanting to force him to do things, and this only makes him not want to trust you. You are HUGE, and he is small so try and see the world from his point of view. He also needs to be examined for infections or other physical issues by an Avian Vet ONLY right away. We suggest a new bird be examined within the first few days so if there is an infection, it can be diagnosed and treated immediately. A sick bird will not cooperate because he is ill and feels bad.

As for talking, you are way way ahead here. Some birds can take a year before they say even one word. Talking sometimes never happens depending on the bird.Talking is a benefit of having a parrot, and should not be a requirement or you have gotten your bird for the wrong reasons. He senses your every mood and feeling so be aware of that. Parrots have roughly the emotional/mental development of a 4-5 year old human child, so this is who you are dealing with and not some dumb animal who is stupid and doing things just to hurt you. He is deathly afraid of you, so proceed with this in mind at all times.

Right now, you need to be concentrating on getting him to Avian Vet for a checkup, and this needs to be done before any more training. A sick bird does not learn and the stress can and does kill them.

Once you have had him checked out and possibly treated for an infection, then you can start over with the training. You are putting too much stress on him right now, and trust is earned not freely given with parrots. Until he trusts you, he will continue to act out because he is very much afraid of you, his new environment and everything and everyone around him.

Let us know what Avian Vet has to say and how you are doing in a while. Taming and training takes lots of time, patience and love for your bird. You also have to learn about general parrot behavior before you proceed any further. This is not the fault of your bird and IS your fault for trying to force him to love you. Love and trust take much time, and you have to make a solid commitment to his health and well being by learning to understand him, having Avian Vet give him exams at least once a year and being realistic about what he can and cannot do.He's very smart, and he's still a very small bird in a very big world. He depends on YOU for everything he needs and will always need you for everything. Small children need kind, loving parents, and so will your bird always.


May 05, 2012
Nippy Quaker
by: Anonymous

Your key word in first sentence was "untamed". It is up to you to tame him. It takes a lot of time and patience to tame your bird. Quakers can be nippy and are very protective over their cage and surroundings. You are able to put your hands in cage without getting bit, that's a good sign your bird is on his way to being tamed. I have a Quaker that was given to me because he screamed all the time and the previous owners couldn't stand it. He screamed a lot when I got him and I was at the end of my rope as well. Covering didn't help because he still screamed under the cover.

Birds scream because they want your attention and if you make a big fuss while they're doing it, it only teaches them to scream more. Don't force him out of the cage. As long as you are able to open it for feeding and cleaning, leave him be. When I have to put mine back in the cage I put away his play gym and some other toys. He gets mad because I'm touching his stuff but I put it out of sight and he redirects his attention to me and I am able to get him back in or he goes in on his own. He steps up on my hand but never on a stick, he seems afraid of it.

Time, patience and attention when he's being good reinfores good behavior which is part of the learning process. I move the cage with me so he's in the room I'm in, (it cuts down on the screaming). When I'm not home I leave radio on for company.

My Quaker doesn't talk but he has different chirps for different things like "good morning" "where are you?" "thank you" and "yes". He does understand what I say because he gives me a response. Quakers are very smart. When a bird talks, it's just repeating what it hears, it's really not a conversation.

Talk to your bird, tell him what you're doing (like I'm giving you some apple now, I'm going to clean your cage) pet him, play with him and he will come around. He's untamed and scared, that's why he's so nippy. Once you establish a routine he will be much happier and so will you.

May 04, 2012
Quaker parrot nippy
by: Tracie

I answered a similar question you posted also, so I won't repeat all of that. ( http://www.parrot-and-conure-world.com/bird-bites-going-in-the-cage-out-of-the-cage-or-if-touched.html )

Let me add that when you read the articles on our Parrot Training page please note that you will figure out what makes the bird happy and what he doesn't like the more time you spend with the bird. You will use this, instead of food, to train your bird.

Some birds work for food, others work for praise, others work for other things. You just have to figure out what excites your bird and use that for training. Of course, you also have to figure out what it doesn't like to show disapproval for the biting.

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