I had quite a few Quaker parrots before I discovered what tiny treasures they really are. Our first breeding flock consisted of wild-caught birds brought from South America. They were not hostile or simple to control, but their only interest in me was as a source of food. I wanted to keep them all when I began hand-feeding their kids. They have no fear of people from the moment they are removed from the nest. Some begin saying “M’m! M’m! Good!” as early as six weeks of age and become playful even earlier. They are simple to hand feed and wean with little trouble. They enthusiastically embrace new meals and like practically everything provided to them.
Quakers are also known as Monk Parakeets and Gray Breasted Parakeets. They are a medium-sized bird, measuring around eleven to twelve inches in length. The top sections are various colors of green, with the wings and tail being the brightest. The cheeks and neck are gray, and the breast feathers are light gray with white tips. The flying feathers are blue with a black border.
They have a pleasing look, albeit not as vibrant as some other species. Their lovely brown eyes captivate you right away.
I am currently breeding an exceedingly uncommon yellow mutation with a lovely powdered Wedgwood blue. The Quakers, regardless of race, have the same pleasant personality.
They are the only nest-building parrots known to science. When colony bred in the wild, each couple of birds develops its own independent chamber inside the main nest construction, akin to an apartment building. Each chamber is divided into two sections: an interior living-dining space and a front porch. The parent birds spend a lot of time on their front porch protecting their eggs and young.
In the rear dining room, eggs are deposited and incubated. The chicks migrate inside the living room as they get older. The parent birds are continually re-constructing and mending the nest, working tirelessly even when tasked with feeding a clutch of young chicks.
Quakers are a fantastic alternative for families seeking for a pet. There is little or no risk of their biting youngsters if they are properly hand fed and given attention throughout the weaning stage. They quickly build a close attachment to their owners. They are resilient little birds, and their owners may look forward to their pet Quaker amusing their grandchildren for the next forty years.
Choosing the right cage for your cat is a big choice. The most crucial element in your bird’s existence, apart from you, the owner, and food and water, is his cage. Choosing one that both appeals to your style in decor and gives a pleasant home for your bird necessitates careful consideration before making the purchase.
The cage requirements of the Quakers are minimal. Minimum dimensions should be 18 inches x 24 inches x 18 inches high. This size cage is suitable if it is simply used as a refuge – that is, as a sleeping area and a feeding station. When in doubt, bigger is better.
Quakers are also a wonderful alternative for potential breeders provided both the family and the neighbors are tolerant of the amount of noise made by a flock. They are sturdy and prolific birds with a steady market for their progeny. They are calm when kept alone as pets, restricting themselves nearly entirely to chatting, singing, and whistling. They are very loud when maintained in big numbers, whether colony bred or housed in neighboring individual cages.
Quakers are voracious chewers who can readily chew their way through anything less than 16 gauge wire. Any sort of wire as big as one by two may be utilized as long as it has a strong enough gauge.
They are remarkably tolerant of a wide range of climatic conditions, and their habit of roosting in their nests keeps them warm on the coldest nights. They develop apartment buildings that are utilized as homes all year round, not only during breeding season.
The food of both pets and breeding birds is critical, as it is for all animals. The cornerstone of our Quaker diets is high-quality pelleted food. They will need calcium and vitamin supplements if given a seed mix. We routinely add fruits and vegetables to their meals. Corn, carrots, apples, and grapes are also popular. We make every effort to restrict our dogs’ treats to these nutritious meals and fight the urge to give in to their requests for cookies and other sweets.
I not only breed but also like Quakers. One of our first hand-fed infants is still a beloved pet, and he is just adorable. Despite the fact that we have little spare time to devote to teaching, his speaking aptitude and vocabulary approach those of our African Gray. He enjoys playing, hiding in my pocket, lying upside down in my palm, and is always cheerful and pleasant. I admit that I get tired of hearing him whistle Dixie, but he is readily distracted by a new toy. Even with the cardboard core of a roll of toilet paper, he had a terrific time. He is completely engrossed in his toys, and we are completely engrossed in him.
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