Post by birdman4167 on Oct 1, 2022 10:19:53 GMT -5
New member here. Thank you for letting me join your group. I am a retired man in Maryland Pa area. I am thinking of getting a small parrot. Thought about a Quaker but I understand they can be noisy. I live in a senior apartment and the neighbors might complain. So any other suggestions for a small parrot would be appreciated. Thank you for letting me join your group.
I live in subsidized housing, which is about half seniors and 100% anal retentive. But I have had no complaints about my Quaker, either in the past (Lucy who could be loud) or Willo (Present, who is generally quiet). I also had a greenCheeked conure who could be quite loud and surprisingly no one complained.
I think there are ways to handle bird noises so the bird doesn’t screech incessantly. Like for contact calls, say “hi, bird” or “I’m right here”, “”it’s ok”, etc.
Quakers are great little birds, full of character and fun.
You could go with a cockatiel or parakeet but those are the only commonly kept little birds that are much quieter than Quakers, IMO.
You also need to be sure Quakers are permitted in your state. Because they are agricultural pests in their native countries, they’re not allowed in some states, or you need a permit.
Welcome to the Forum! Quaker parrots do have the reputation for being noisy but that's not necessarily true. Every parrot is an individual with a unique personality and may not live up to stereotypes. My QP Ralph is not noisy. He tends to be on the quiet side, even when imitating human speech. Then again, I've met QPs in pet stores that could screech louder than a notoriously loud sun conure. Even little budgies and cockatiels like heatherg mentioned can make plenty of noise, though most aren't bad. I've been living in an apartment for nearly 20 years with three different parrots and there's never been a complaint about any of them. It isn't a senior citizens' complex but includes small children up to quite elderly people. For the most part, the children and dogs at the complex are a lot noisier than my parrots could be at their worst. There was an Amazon parrot living in my building for a while who was very loud and very persistent. No one at the apartment complex ever complained but people living two blocks away did. Unfortunately, Pennsylvania is one of the states where Quaker parrots are illegal. They are allowed in Maryland though.