Who has a green quaker parrot and .....

Discussion in 'Caged Birds - Parrots, Canaries, Finches etc.' started by texaschickmama, Jul 2, 2009.

  1. texaschickmama

    texaschickmama Songster

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    I am thinking about getting a green quaker baby parrot. My son is dying for one. I know I will be responsible for it though. Just wondering any pros and cons to this type of parrot. The ones we are looking at are still being hand fed. I thought this was best so we could bond with it.
     
  2. Chicks_N_Horses

    Chicks_N_Horses Songster

    Mar 30, 2009
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    They make really good pets. They get super attatched to one person. My Suzy would try and kill anyone who came near me LOL She was so funny - A hawk got her though - had her cage outside and she opened it up, went for a walk, and I walked out just in time to watch the hawk fly up into a tall oak tree and eat her.

    I would recommend one and the one I had wasn't near as loud as my others parrots that size.
     
  3. texaschickmama

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    Oh, no. I'm so sorry!! I did read they could learn to open their cages.
     
  4. WalkingWolf

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    We have a Quaker and she is good bird, loud but still a good bird, her predecessor was much more friendly though, but just as loud. Before you get a Quaker check your state laws, some states they are illegal to possess. Though many people do anyway.

    Quakers compared to other parrots are inexpensive and talk relative well, they can be controlling though and bond strongly. They will defend the object of their lust with blood drawing bites. Ours always took more to my DW than myself. Just the opposite with the Pionus.

    Things to remember with any parrot, clip wings regularly, if you do not they will fly away, and may not return. Also if you have ceiling fans they will fly into them if startled. Certain plants and foods are not good for them. Most parrots will show no fear around dogs or cats, and will attack them out of jealousy. They will attack your chickens and cause damage their beaks are very powerful for the size. If you have fear of being bitten you should shy away from parrots. No Matter how friendly sooner or later you will get a bite.
     
  5. BorderKelpie

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    Mar 1, 2009
    outside Dallas
    You do not need to handfeed your parrot to make it bond with you. S/he will actually bond better with you if you allow someone else to hand feed and wean properly, then you take him/her home. Nature has made them want to leave their parents and make a new life and bonds. You may cause emotional issues with a bird when instinct tells him to leave, but he can not. I have a rescued macaw going through that now.
    Quakers are awesome birds - very territorial, very chatty. They are little theives, too. Since they are one of the few parrot species that actually build (elaborate) nests, they steal objects to create nests in your home. Pens, pencils, glasses, etc - all fair game to a Quaker. I have had Quakers for years, hope I never have to be without one. Very cool birds. Most talk exceptionally well, too.
    May I suggest a book? Companion Bird Hand Book by Sally Blanchard. Excellent read for parrot guardians.
    Enjoy your Quaker!
     
  6. TennesseeTruly

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    Please don't purchase an unweaned baby. As a parrot breeder for many years, I highly discourage this. There are so many things that can go wrong and even experienced breeders can have mishaps.

    I don't have quakers any longer.

    The things about quakers are that you either love them or hate them. They're one of the best talkers but they can become cage aggressive. They tend to bond to only one person.

    One really cool thing about quakers is that they're awesome nest builders. This is also one reason that alot of states are now banning them. If you want to see what I mean, once your quaker gets older, put a ton of twigs and sticks in the bottom of the cage and let them along.

    They will take those twigs and build a nest in the corner of the cage. LOL Because quakers are intelligent little birds, they need alot of toys/activities to keep them occupied! They also don't do well with change. They also like to have their cage near a window so they can watch the outside birds. I bet they would love to watch chicken TV!

    Also, google BrooklynParrots. These are quakers who escaped from a airplane shipment many years ago and have now taken up residence in Brooklyn, NY. I used to visit them often when I lived in NY.
    Good luck!

    Laurie
     
  7. Chicksdigit

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    The little Quaker we had was a wonderful little guy....He would sit on the side of your coffee cup and take a sip of coffee (warm) then he would say umm umm good coffee..... he was a real character. I absolutely recommend them. Ours was hand fed for the first two weeks by the breeder and since we were breeders of parrots and conures we new how to take over and continue his feeding until he was weaned. If you don't know how then let the breeder wean the bird off before you recieve it.
     
  8. Crazy4Chicks

    Crazy4Chicks Songster

    Nov 20, 2007
    Glendale, AZ
    I have a female Quaker who we are guessing to at 5-6 yrs old

    mine is a rescue bird - she was beaten by a man at her former home and now HATES ALL men - my DH has been trying to make friends with her for yrs and is has not worked - so now they pretty much have a love - hate thing going on LOL

    Mine is a great bird for the most part - she is LOUD !! and if she does not get her wy she will act like a spoiled 2 yr old !

    she hangs out on her cage most of the day and will not fly off her cage unless she is scared - she has never flew into a fan before she is pretty smart and advoids them ( I still try to turn them off if she is out ) I have even had the doors wide open and she has never flown out ( I dont do this on a regular basis just in case )

    Mine has pretty much taught all the dogs in the house that she is NOT a chew toy a few well placed nips to a dogs nose and they tend to leave her alone lol

    She is learning new words all the time - right now she can
    thank-you -- Dixie ( name of one of the dogs ) -- come here -- pretty bird -- good girl -- good boy -- Peek a boo - OW -- WHAT ! -- she barks , whines, coughs,laughs, blows kisses

    she is a messy bird so be ready to vacum around your birds cage daily

    and get LOTS of toys - and change them around so your bird does not get bored - I buy Pollie a few toys but only give her 1-2 at a time and than change them with some others I leave in them for a week or 2 than take them out and replace them - than go back to the others after another week or two ( she thinks she is getting new toys all the time and its just the same ones being rotated around )

    she loves all kinds of food -some I am sure are bad for her lol whatever i eat I give her a little of ( other than a few foods I know are toxic/bad for her )
     
  9. texaschickmama

    texaschickmama Songster

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    My husband made it easy for me!!! He said NO! Thanks for all the advice!!
     
  10. chinbunny1

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    I have a quaker. He is great. One thing I would suggest is to make sure they are legal to own where you live. There are a few states, like CA that have banned them due to people turning them loose, or escaping their cages.
     

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