Chapter 6

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Birds are creatures of habit, much like humans. Unfortunately, it is rarely convenient for us to stick to the same routine, day in and day out. Weekends are different than weekdays, winters are different from summers, sometimes we move or kids leave for college, we have company, or dinner is late. For a bird that has not been properly socialized, any alteration in regular routine can be upsetting.

Again your attitude and the way you handle these changes in routine and prepare your bird for them will guide how he reacts when they occur. You should never “baby” your Quaker when a change is his regular routine occurs. If you handle it with a matter of fact attitude he will take his cue from you.

A good way to begin teaching socialization is to vary the time of day that things occur which affect him directly. For instance, if you have set aside a special time during the day to spend with him, change it to a different time and vary the amount of time that you spend with him. Introduce different activities. Feed him at a different time. If he insists on an apple every morning for breakfast, give him grapes instead. He must be taught to understand that changes are normal, and can be fun.

If you have already established your dominance and gained his trust, he will accept these changes more readily knowing that you are in control and will not allow any harm to come to him. Gradually move on to bigger and better changes—take him for a ride in your car., or take him visiting with you. Let him sit at the table during mealtimes. If he is friendly and accepting of being handled by others, you may even let him stay overnight at someone’s house.

After all you may want to take a vacation sometimes, or go away for the weekend. Showing him that you accept and even expect some alteration in the day to day activities will help him to adjust socially.


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