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Quaker Parakeet

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Traits & behavior

Social
These affectionate birds love to be stroked and held and want to interact with their Pet Parents as much as possible. They require one hour or more of daily interaction.

Intelligent
Smart and easily trained, Quakers should be taught basic commands such as "step up" onto your hand and "step down" when putting them back into their cage. This will ensure easier handling as she grows into an independent, mature bird.

Fun disposition
Quaker parakeets are known for their clownlike behavior and make great companion pets.

Limited speaking ability
Quakers are very loud and vocal birds and may learn to talk with practice.

Messy eaters
Quakers will drop a lot of food when eating.
 

Things to remember

Supervision
Don't forget that children, pets and unfamiliar guests should be supervised when interacting with your Quaker parakeet.

Lifespan
Before purchasing, be aware that a Quaker requires a long-term commitment of approximately 20-25 years.

Illegal in some states
Quaker parakeets are illegal to keep as pets in the states of California, Connecticut, Georgia, Hawaii, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee and Wyoming.

Safety & cleanliness
Please remember that all pets may bite or scratch, and may transmit disease to humans. Keep your pet's home clean and wash your hands before and after handling your pet or cleaning his home. Infants, young children, pregnant women, people with compromised immune systems, and the infirm or elderly are at greater risk of infections and should use caution when in contact with the pet or its habitat. Consult your doctor for more information.
 

Nutrition

Staple diet
Feed her 3-4 teaspoons per day of a pellet or seed-based, fortified parakeet diet.

Fruits & vegetables*
About 5-10% of a Quaker's diet should be bite-sized fruits and veggies like apples, bananas, grapes, melons, oranges, broccoli, spinach, sweet potatoes, mustard greens and shredded carrots. Offer daily or every 2-3 days.

Supplements
Be sure to provide a cuttle bone or mineral block in your Quaker's cage at all times.

Water
Quakers should always have access to clean, fresh water in a bottle or bowl.

*Remember that fresh food requires its own dish and should be removed from the habitat within four hours to avoid spoilage.

Health

Signs of a healthy Quaker parakeet:

  • A curious and active disposition
  • Clear, bright eyes
  • Clean, smooth feathers
  • Eats throughout the day
  • Normal droppings that are not runny for more than a couple of days

Things to watch for:

  • Decreased appetite; weight loss
  • Decreased activity and grooming behavior
  • Change in droppings in excess of two days
  • Sitting at the bottom of cage
  • Discharge from nose or mouth; sneezing
  • Feathers fluffed for prolonged periods of time

If you notice any of the signs described above, consult an Avian Veterinarian.
 

Habitat

Housing
Your Quaker's cage must be large enough for her to comfortably stretch her wings, climb and play with her toys. The bigger the cage, the better. Minimum cage size is 18" W x 22" L x 24" H. The cage should provide a secure area where she feels safe, but she should also be allowed out of the cage for socialization. Multiple Quakers require a correspondingly larger cage.

Perches
Place two perches at different heights, so your Quaker will be unable to soil her food bowls. Provide perches of differing widths, diameters and textures to help keep her feet healthy.

Cage placement
Place your bird's cage at or below eye level, away from drafts, open windows and the kitchen. Be aware that Quakers are sensitive to smoke and strong odors. Cover the cage at night to prevent drafts.

Toys
Give her at least 2-3 toys to keep her busy. But, not too many--she should be able to move about freely without bumping into any in the cage. Rotate toys often to keep her interested.

Baths
Provide a birdbath 2-3 times per week. You can offer a warm water bath or gently mist her with warm water from a clean spray bottle.

Food & water containers
It is important to clean your bird's containers every day, even if the dish or bottle looks full.

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