Can anyone help. I have a Quaker which I inherited when my mum passed away in January. I am not a bird person but I promised her I would look after him. I am now quite attached however we are out at work all day from 8:30am until 6:30pm. He was used to having my mum 24/7. Would you advise me to get a companion for him (I say him, I have no idea if it is a him or a her). Many thanks in anticipation.
In my opinion, it would be best not to get a second Quaker, one they might bond with each other and then you would loose any interaction you had with your Mum's bird, or two they would not like each other at all and you would need to get a second cage and keep them apart. Even if you wanted to try it you wold need a second cage to let them get used to being near each other. Someone is home most often in our house but we do go out and I figured Casey would be lonely too, so I have a cage of finches, they sing all day and make nice background friends for her. I also leave the radio on if we go out for whole the day. Caasy's cage is near the window and she likes to keep an eye on our yard and guard our house... she is always ready with a warning cry if she sees any danger
Last Edit: May 2, 2019 10:08:25 GMT -5 by Caseysmom
Thanks for that. I have been doing a bit of research and many of the articles said that they were miserable when on their own. I was feeling awful as I would hate that. He is not tame and will not come near us although he does seem to look longingly at the dogs.
I also have a problem with getting him back in his cage, whilst we are in the house and in fact all day he has the option to be in or out of his cage. At my mum's house he used to fly in and out no problem however in my house he will come out and fly but he cannot seem to get back into the cage. We have tried moving the cage to different locations in the room but nothing seems to work. I don't know if it is because our ceilings are a lot higher does anyone have any suggestions with this. Again many thanks for your help and advice.
Hopefully others will pop in with more ideas. Our quaker Casey loves the dogs. They both talk to each other, even my newest girl can speak parrot now. She wakes up from a sleep to bark if Casey tells her there is someone outside My older dog just loves keeping the floor under her cage clean if any food drops.
I bet your quaker is upset and missing your Mum and her house and will take time to get used to you and your house. Parrots are easier to tame away from their cage so if you could somehow get her to a small room away from the cage she might come to you Wing clipping could be an option, albeit a controversial one as not everyone likes clipping their wings You could do it once to try and tame her and let them grow out once she gets used to being rescued by you That would only work if your dogs aren’t phased by her as she would not get the height to fly away from them
Good advice from Caseysmom. The conventional wisdom is not to get a second parrot just to be a companion for a parrot you already have-- only get one if you want the second bird yourself. I have two parrots who tolerate each other and are interested in each other, but aren't best friends. Most of the time, each one goes about his/her own business and pays no attention to the other parrot.
Do you have a hanging perch on the outside of your parrot's cage, just below the door? If not, try adding one there. It could make it easier for him to get back inside his cage.