Hi everyone. I've been researching different birds for a few months now and really want to get a quaker, but I work 8 hours a day, and it seems they want someone close by all the time. Is anyone else gone 8 hours a day away from their quaker, and does it stress the quaker out? I dont have kids and my s.o works the same hours as well.. When I'm not working I'm almost always at the house... Thanks!
Welcome. There are many Quaker parronts who work outside the home for eight or more hours a day, some with irregular work schedules. They manage well. The important thing is giving the parrot as much quality time as possible when you are at home. It's also necessary to provide the parrot with plenty to do when you're not at home, and it's helpful to leave some music or television on to keep the parrot company when he/she is alone in the house.
Hi and welcome to the forum. Casey has had people working from home in our house but like cnyguy said you could get into a routine and spend lots of time together when you are home. Casey loves to chew up wood toys and shred shredding toys. Lots of safe things to keep him busy while you are out would help.
Yeah, my hubby and I both work full-time Mon-Fri. I am gone by 7:30am and back around 4:30-5:00pm. But when I get home Bonnie does expect a lot of attention - so if you expect to come home and you're tired and don't want to make an effort to interact with your bird, it would be a bad idea to get a quaker parrot, or any parrot. Budgies and cockatiels are somewhat easier to satisfy in this regard.
I let Bonnie out of her cage most days for about 30-60 mins (if she misbehaves too much it is sometimes less!). Sometimes if I get home late she is happy being transferred to her outside cage (on the balcony) to look at the plants and wildlife and sit in the sun a bit. But if that happens I always make sure I let her out the next day, without fail.
Sometimes I leave the TV on all day for her and other times I let her have silence.
Considering we are out most of the time she is pretty good.
That cage is a bit small. Bigger is better when it comes to housing parrots. A concern is that it's made of cast iron which is susceptible to rusting and isn't good for a bird to chew on. A powder-coated or stainless steel cage would be much better.