In 8 weeks I will be bringing home my Quaker baby. I currently have a cockatiel and two budgies. They have their cages in my living room since it is the center of the house and they love human interaction. Now, for the Quaker. I have read they can be territorial. Would it be better to have his cage in the bedroom separate from the other cages? We would then get a play tree and play set for the Quaker to be on during the day and when we are home. Or, do we put his cage next to the others from the start?
Well.... I would not put your Quaker in a place where he cannot see what is going on. Or he just might let you know with all the squawking. They love to see everything... and are eager.
Personally I would first isolate the Quaker only to be sure that he is not carrying any disease that might affect your other birds. Then I would place him/her in an area where the other birds can see him and he can see them. I would suggest something on top of the cage as the other birds will want to land there... but yes... Quakers are possessive of "their" stuff. I wouldn't want to see any of the birds hurt.
This is difficult for me to answer... perhaps the others will help as well. I have never had my Quaker away from his cage for long periods of time. It is his comfort and safe zone. Where are the other birds cages? If they are in the front room then your Quaker might just want to take over one of them.
If I left my Quaker in the bedroom while I was making dinner or eating dinner I would never hear the end of it. They want to watch you cook and sample little bites of whatever you are making. I allow my quaker to take food from my plate but never to stand on it. They have such a wide variety of foods that they like... it is really cute to see them sample different things. If I have something with noodles... he will take one piece... boiled potatoes... he will take a few bites. Veggies in my salad... he will try most of them.
I can understand your not wanting him around during dinner... and I am sure he will adjust to it. They learn fairly quickly what is allowed and what is not.
Wonderful that the birds get to be out 8 hours a day... that will keep them active and healthy.
I certainly can understand the concern about the territorial potential, and it's hard to predict how your individual Quaker is going to feel about it, but mine was like Oscar. If Peppy wasn't velcroed to me, he wanted to be on or in his cage. He didn't like to be out exposed. Like a lot of people do, I set up a day cage and a sleep cage for him. During the day, when he wasn't on me, he liked to hang out at the cage door, and I put a shelf just below it, and called it his lanai.
How old will your Quaker be?
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