Bonding with your Quaker

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If the Quaker is placed in a loving and caring home, it will quickly become a permanent member of the family. While other types of birds have the reputation of being “one owner birds”, the Quaker has been known to easily bond to several people, especially persons living in the same household.

The most important thing to remember is that a Quaker requires attention and contact with people to maintain his affectionate nature. They should be handled away from their cages on a daily basis, otherwise they may become cage-bound and exhibit territorial tendencies.

Unfortunately, as with other types of pets, these birds may also have a tendency to be on the jealous side. The arrival of a new pet or baby may bring out a side of your beloved bird that you never knew existed. Careful planning, sticking to your regular routine, and continuing to give you Quaker the attention he is accustomed to receiving can help to prevent or alleviate some or all of these problems. Fortunately, Quakers are capable or many other emotions besides love and jealousy. I believe that they have the same range of emotions and personalities as humans do. They deserve the same patience, understanding, respect and love that we give our human loved ones.

The three most common emotions exhibited by Quakers are extreme happiness, a sense of humor and curiosity. And there is nothing subtle about the way a Quaker expresses its happiness! It’s a truism among trainers that our birds can reflect our moods, becoming grouchy when we’re grouchy, or quiet if we’re quiet. Birds can’t shed tears, but often seem to understand what tears mean.

Many Quakers show concern for a sick or depressed owner. We’ve all heard the scoffers suggest that birds don’t really have emotions and that we pet owners are a bit “weak in the head” for imagining that they do.


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