Hello all! I have a 2 year old Green Cheek Conure named Haku. I'm currently preparing to bring a Quaker into my home and might need some advice on introducing 2 birds to each other. Those of you who have more than one bird, how did you introduce your birds, and did it go well?
Welcome to the Forum. No doubt you're looking forward to bringing your new Quaker parrot home. It's usual practice to have a 30 day quarantine period when bringing a new parrot home, so for the first month, Haku and the new QP will need to be separated. After that you can begin to introduce the two parrots.
I would recommend not having physical interaction between the two at first. Start by just letting them get used to each other. You could place their cages fairly near to each other and just let them look each other over for a while and maybe they'll chatter back and forth too. If eventually you want to try having them out together, they will need close supervision.
My adopted African Grey (who recently passed away) and my QP Ralph were never out of their cages at the same time. Their cages were only a short distance apart and they liked to watch each other and chatter back and forth. But there would have been disagreements and squabbles if they were ever out together. There's never any guarantee that any two parrots will like each other and get along well. But there's always a chance that the new Quaker and Haku will get to be good friends.
Most good parrot books have suggestions for introducing two parrots, so you might want to read one or two. One I often recommend is Mattie Sue Athan's Guide to Companion Parrot Behavior. Bonnie Munro Doane's Parrot Training is another good choice. Browse through the posts here on the Forum and you may find something helpful.
Haku is a great name for a little parrot! I love Miyazaki films.
I had a Quaker and greencheek be neighbors for many years. While the Quaker was much bigger, she had a bad limp and the greencheek picked on her. I wouldn’t have wanted them to tangle BUT they certainly enjoyed watching each other and talking back and forth. The greencheek was very upset when my Quaker passed of old age. And he was always worried when she was under the weather.
I’ve seen videos of Quakers, greencheeks, and budgies caged together. I think that takes a lot of confidence and probably a very tolerant Quaker. My guys were fascinated with each other but jealous. Maybe your birds could interact some day but in the beginning they will need to get used to each other from the privacy of their own cage.