I have a three year old Quaker named Morgan that I need to rehome. I have an offer from a Farm in the area that has a Quaker aviary and will allow him to fly free and live with other Quakers. Do you think this is his best case option or should I look for a home?
Thanks for the input. I love Morgan and want him to be as happy as I can ensure!
At first I thought this was a very tough question, but I pretty quickly realized what I would do in your shoes. It's impossible to know what a bird would choose, so you'll have to go with your gut on this one, but I'll give you my thoughts.
Assuming he was hand raised and has been able to bond with a human, the anonymity of an aviary might be hard, at least at first. I assume he could get used to it, because even the hand raised can recognize their own kind, but then again, who would know if he was unhappy. Does he fly now? I think we can at times over-sentimentalize bird flight. Species that don't need to fly to eat or escape predators will eventually lose the ability, so I sometimes wonder how essential it really is to their mental health. I just don't know on that one. If he is not an experienced flyer, though, an aviary might be a little intimidating.
Does he have any behavior issues that might make it hard to find a new home? If not, and it were me, I would try to find a good home for him first, and keep the aviary as a last resort. Good luck.
Quaker Peppy (RIP my sweet pea), CAG Allie, dogs Wanda and Bonnie, feral kitties Cleo and Antoinette, mice Charlotte and Emily, née Jake and Elwood
Thank you so much for your insight. It's what I need! He only flies occasionally, when he feels frisky and flies from my hand. From what I gather, he is a typical quaker parrot...he is bitey and loud and sort of cranky. He's only bonded with me. We have a secret language and he laughs when I laugh. He does know how to step up. I know that can be a big deal. He was hand fed by my MIL when he hatched and I am his second caretaker after her. She passed away of lung cancer when he was about a year old. I feel like I don't give him enough time and attention and my family has not taken to him, so he spends a lot of time in his cage alone. He does have a nice large cage.
I am interested in your Quaker Parrot. We have 3 and they are cage free all day and in their cage at night. We are looking for another Quaker to go with our 3. Where do you live? We are in Ohio in the US.