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    Re: The Problem With Quakers

    there are bad sides to any kind of parrot you get. There no such thing as a quiet parrot.
    i agree with everything you have had to say about the quakers however that does not make them bad. it just means these parrots are not for everyone.and anyone even concidering one should first research the breed throughly ( true for any bird) talk to other quaker owners before getting one.
    unfortunatly they are illegal in a lot of states and that is another downside to them.should you have to move.
    they are illegal in california. I would love to have one but will never get one for the fact not only are they illegal here.
    nnnow if i lived where they were legal that be a different story
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    Re: The Problem With Quakers

    Linda, I agree that they are not bad parrots, and when ErinCG and I wrote this original post, we did not intend to make them seem like awful birds no one should get. They are quite delightful with wonderful personalities, but there was a trend of people that both she and I had noticed who would buy a quaker armed with only positive info from websites just to abandon them later.

    All parrots have negative sides, and luckily, there are sites like this to help people find out more before they head into a commitment.

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    Re: The Problem With Quakers

    I must have gotten stuck in the lucky pool, my quaker is a doll!!
    He's nowhere near as noisy as my green cheek conure, he talks to me all the time with things like "hey" "what's up" "gimme a kiss" and "adios". I don't have any problems with him being territorial. He lets me fuss around in his cage while he's in there all the time. He's also very close with my conure. Being molting season around here, they preen each other, play with each other, eat out of the same bowls, and even snuggle. (all under my supervision, they are caged seperately). He's let others handle him, on numerous occasions, he's a ham, he LOVES the attention. My conure has drawn blood quite a few times when i've made him mad, whereas my quaker just mouths my finger, he's never bitten me. The only problem i have is that he scares easily, and has a tendency to "freak out", but i'm more worried he'll hurt himself than someone else.
    I understand it's important to let people know the negative aspects of certain kinds of birds, but i don't think they're all bad, let's give them some positive praise, eh?
    I should also mention he's a couple years old, and well into what i would call his maturity.
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    Due to space related problems, my Quaker (Kiwi) stays in the bathroom. It's actually a pretty well trafficed area and right off the kitchen, so it works out ok. Her cage is next to the light switch and her greatest hope in life is that some unsuspecting person who is not paying attention, will miss the light switch by a few inches and in doing so..put their finger into her cage. She only gets this opportunity twice a day...in the morning when we turn the light on...and at night when we turn it off...and she waits for it. Thanks to my son...her patience paid off in spades a few days ago as he sleepily walked into the bathroom first thing in the morning and turned to say something to me as I came out of the bedroom. "CRUNCH!!!!" He jumped about two feet and let out a mighty yowl and in the back ground you could hear her chuckling up a storm (she sounds like me when she laughs) I started laughing and said 'Honey, you just made her the happiest proudest bird in the world" (She got him good too) This is for the most part the only time she gets aggressive and I think it is more of a game than out of fear or anger. She gets to come out regularly, is bathed a few times a week, loves to sit on my shoulder and whisper her name, (among other things) and is generally well socialized. I think she does this for the same reason a cat hides under a bed and grabs your feet or ankles when your not expecting it and boy did she have her day thanks to my son.

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    Re: The Problem With Quakers

    I'm adopting one this weekend coming quaker a male year and half.
    Been reading some of topics interesting yes some is true.I was in Israel had quaker male was a joy had to leave it behind and give to someone else.That broke my heart was very attached to him.We have one bird already a cockatiel.This one is baby less 2 half months old a girl think not sure yet.For sure will not put them together and will leave them alone to see each other in differant cages.Will play with one at time or my husband will take his turn to help out.I'm a bird person and not scared to have them rather see what happens and put a topic later in few weeks if all goes well or not.
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    Re: The Problem With Quakers

    arent quakers illegal in california? im just wondering. i dont live thre but ya.

    - Meghan

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    Yup. The hardy little buggers are even illegal in Wyoming where the winters can gt pretty harsh.

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    Re: The Problem With Quakers

    i like quakers but ive heard so many bad remarks and comments about them that i dont think ill get one.

    - Meghan

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    I have one and she is one of a kind. She has a pretty good vocabulary and really does love attention but you would never know it unless you call her bluff. Which is how I got her. I think I was the first one to ever do it. They can be noisy for sure but I just close the door to her room and she quiets down pretty quickly. My bigger birds have even learned to scold her for screaming. They will tell her "Quiiiit" or "Staaahhhhp" that sounds very much like me. I'm waiting for ""For Gods sakes...shut up Kiwi" LOL Don't turn your back on them completely. Every one is different and on a scale of one to 10 in the bird noise scale they rank at least 3 below many of the conures I've had and been around.

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    Re: The Problem With Quakers

    I think there lovely looking birds, but im not sure, maybe when i graduate school i may look into getting one. IM not concerned about noise since i live in a fairly large house. Ive also heard that they can jealous of other animals, if thats true then they definitaly wuldnt work for me, since i have 2 dogs, 1 cat(mostly outside though), and 2 cockatiels.

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    Re: The Problem With Quakers

    I have just been reading the posts here again
    thank u guys
    i am trying to talk a friend out of a quaker
    they are the cutest but for a girl who is a first time bird owner and only thirteen with very little spare time on her hands there is no way that a quaker would fit in

    he mum is not a bird lover either

    so i will show my friend this thread
    thanks again

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    Re: The Problem With Quakers

    we have had a quaker that we rescued 3 yrs ago he was returned to a pet shop then a friend of ours took him but he/she didn't get along with his quakers i had a double yellow at the time and they got along like brothers they were in seperate cages but every chance they got they would fly to the others cage and play

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    Nikki-

    I know this is really not a thread to be posted on anymore, but I just have to tell you that every once in awhile, I pop back in and read your original message because I get such a chuckle from it. (I'm crazy that way ) Being the owner of a Quaker, every point you make is spot on, which for some reason I find humorous. I guess it's thinking about the poor unsuspecting individual that sees the cute little chirping baby green and gray bird and falls in love with it and takes it home. Personally I believe the Quaker is part of an alien race "take over". Once installed in your home it becomes the thing nightmares are made of. Eventually causing mental illness and a complete breakdown at which point the Quaker Alien takes over your body.

    My Quaker was a "gift" from a friend who knew I liked birds. She said her boyfriend didn't want it anymore. Jeez...I wonder why?

    Yes he's a pain, yes he is loud, yes he can be quite grumpy, but he also clever, quick to learn new words, easy to take care of and in a better home enviorment. All the same, every now and then when I want to ring his feathery little neck, I read your article and chuckle, take a deep breath and persevere.

    Just thought you should know.

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    Re: The Problem With Quakers

    Oh, please do feel free to post in here! I get lots of chuckles from reading the thread too. Thank you Becky, and everyone else for all of your responses.

    The thread was started by myself and a former mod, mom of a quaker. At the time, I was living with someone who had one, hence my pleas to check with your roommates/spouse before purchasing one. It also came at a time when a lot of new bird owners seemed to have been buying quakers that ended up becoming more unruly than normal because they just didn't know what to expect.

    I've thought about unsticky-ing this becaue the crisis seems to have been averted, but the stories I read here are both incredible and informative. They're as great a bird as any parrot, but they're just not for everyone!

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    Re: The Problem With Quakers

    Oh, Nikki, I hope you never remove it. I have referred a few non-members to that sticky when they mentioned that they were considering a quaker. The thread explains everything that comes along with that cute little green ball of chirping fluff after it grows up.

    I don't know about you guys, but when I look up anything bird related on the internet, I invariably get referred to a Tailfeathers thread. Keeping this around may be doing a lot of good.
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