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Quaker Won't Cuddle Anymore, Only Preens And Nibbles My Hair...?


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#1 NyghtKVB

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Posted 09 July 2014 - 10:15 PM

About a week ago Quigley started trusting me a bit more, and since I like to take him out at night when I watch movies, he'd cuddle just under my chin and fluff up and almost go to sleep. If I moved my chin, he'd readjust so he'd be constantly touching me, it was very cute. Though recently he stopped doing that, and only seems to want to nibble my face and hair constantly. I don't mind it now and again, but it's all he wants to do, is preen me. Have I somehow lost his trust again? I haven't really done anything new since then... I've had him since early May of this year, and he's my first parrot, so I'm not too good at understanding their language yet. ^^ He's also very quiet. I've heard that Quakers are good talkers and like to mimic things, but Q barely makes a peep. He doesn't play games with me or with his toys, or chew on things at all. He's sweet, he'll just sit on my shoulder or stomach and wag his little tail, but not much else. I adopted him from someone who was moving, so I don't know how well he was treated, how many owners he's had, or how old he is...

 

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#2 easttex

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Posted 10 July 2014 - 05:21 AM

Do you know how old he is? Birds are often more cuddly when younger and more or less grow out of it as adults. Preening is actually a sign of trust. Social birds like parrots spend a lot of time preening each other, particularly their mates. He's trying to help you keep your feathers in good condition. :)

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Posted 10 July 2014 - 12:13 PM

I agree that preening is good. It means you've been accepted as part of the flock and it's his job to make sure you look nice. You should return the favor, if he'll let you, and preen his head for him. He can do the rest, but they have trouble doing their heads. Parrots have spells where they get obsessed with one thing and there's not much you can do about it. Clyde is on an eyebrow preening jag right now and hardly wants to do anything else. Just roll with it. Cuddly will come back eventually.



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Posted 10 July 2014 - 12:30 PM

Also, tail wagging is a GREAT sign that he's happy.  Keep doing what you are, you're just fine. :)



#5 NyghtKVB

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Posted 10 July 2014 - 02:37 PM

Also, tail wagging is a GREAT sign that he's happy.  Keep doing what you are, you're just fine. :)


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Posted 10 July 2014 - 02:42 PM

Do you know how old he is? Birds are often more cuddly when younger and more or less grow out of it as adults. Preening is actually a sign of trust. Social birds like parrots spend a lot of time preening each other, particularly their mates. He's trying to help you keep your feathers in good condition. :)


No, I have no idea how old he is... Thanks!

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Posted 10 July 2014 - 08:48 PM

The preening and tail-wagging are indeed both signs that Quigley is a contented Quaker. smile.png

 

There are QPs who talk up a storm, and some who are on the noisy side-- and there are others like my QP Ralph who are fairly quiet. Quigley may be like Ralph. Ralph knows a lot of words, and sometimes will whisper them when I'm saying them, but he seldom speaks loudly. Talk to Quigley a lot, and that may encourage him to say something back.

 

It may help if you show Quigley how to play with his toys so he can see what to do with them and how much fun they are. You can initiate some games that he can play with you too-- "fetch" is a good one that most parrots enjoy (usually, we humans do the fetching laugh.png ), or "peek-a-boo."