Unfortunately for me, I bought a quaker without research.
About three years ago, I went to Uncle Bills Pet Store to purchase a cockatiel. When we went to see the birds, the cockatiel I had wanted had been sold. I began looking at the others, as well as interacting with them when I happened to see the small green quaker. I imidiately inquired about the curious bird, and I was told that the quaker was an excellent family bird--just the same as a cockatiel. This fact reigned true...for the first few months.
Soon after, the quaker (named Sammy) chose me as his one and only. When this was accomplished, Sammy began seeing my younger sister as a rival. His loud screeches and irritated behavior escalated dramatically everytime my sister came into my room to spend time with me. I still believe what Sammy was experiencing was jelousy. He hated the fact that my sister could get to me when he couldn't. This jelousy soon formulated into a grudge. Now, everytime Sammy sees my sister, he grabs ahold of the nearest item and clamps down on it, shaking it with all his might. This is how he relieves his frustration, but it's not very pleasent when he ends up putting a hole or two in my shirts.
Although, it is rather humerous when Sammy is wandering around on my bedroom floor and my sister walks in. Sammy immideately chases her off, laughing hystarically at his triumph. I try not to laugh with him, and most times make him go back into his cage for a while. But nothing I do is able to change his behavior.
And although I'm his 'one and only', he 'tattles' on me. Sam knows that when my mom comes in the room and says 'good night' that he is able to fore me to bed at any time he chooses. He'll sqwauk once to let me know it's time for bed, then he'll proceed to tell me 'night night'. If I don't listen, he'll throw a huge fit, only pausing to say 'Oh-o' when he hears my mom coming down the hall. He's silent as she yells at me, and proceeds to laugh when she closes the door, proclaiming 'night night' again. However, anytime I choose to say 'night night' and cover his cage, he's pleasently happy to go straight to sleep.
I love my quaker immensley, and will never give up on him. But as many posts on this topic have stated, quakers require a lot of patience and dedication.
So far, Sammy is a healthy three-year-old. He's never experienced plucking nor medical issues. But as for his behavioral issues, I have learnt to deal with them since none of the other remedies seem to work.
They're funny little guys...that's for sure.