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For anyone interested in breeding birds, whether they be a novice or boast years of experience. I think the Quaker is an excellent choice for many reasons. I found that they are, by far, the easiest of all birds to breed. For one, the cost associated with starting a hobby or business of breeding birds will be considerably less, due to the availability of these birds and their very reasonable purchase price. And unlike some other birds who can be unusually picky, a Quaker will usually bond quite closely with any mate provided to them–the only minor problem being that to provide a suitable mate, you will almost certainly have to have them surgically sexed or DNA tested to ensure that you do indeed have both a male and a female!

The increased demand for Quakers as their popularity has grown is another reason they are an excellent choice, and their ability to withstand extreme temperatures makes breeding them a viable option for almost anyone, regardless of the climate. The following information that I am providing on breeding is based mostly on my personal experiences and is in no way intended as a complete and comprehensive guide to breeding and raising Quakers.

Rather it is simply a set of guidelines and suggestions offered by the author to increase the reader’s understanding of some of the requirements and expectations when breeding Quakers.


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I understand the idea of potty training my Quaker,Phoebe, but I don’t understand how teaching her to go in a waste basket will keep her from going in her water bowl. I am working with her everyday very gently as she is a shy bird but very sweet. My pineapple conure is about 4 months older than she is and he is talking a blue streak! But not my Quaker. They are both under a year. He potty trained himself and is the most wonderful pet I’ve ever owned, and I’ve owned many different kinds of animals. I’m having trouble getting Phoebe out of her cage. Once out she’s a joy to handle but she won’t come out to me. If I go in after her gently and calmly talking to her she will eventually let go of the cage and step up. She doesn’t bite me but she does bat me with her beak. I like to take both of my birds out a few times a day and this resistance on her part is a chore, but I don’t want her to be afraid of me. I’ve tried the fingers on the cage thing and she doesn’t get it. I have had some luck with getting her out on the small door at the top of her cage that flaps down and creates a porch when opened, but I have to be away from the cage for her to come out and if I let her see me coming closer she will run back in. I have to sidle up to it and get one hand between her and the opening. Then she will step up onto my other hand with no hesitation. What am I doing wrong?
I love this site! Very, very, helpful for a novice bird companion. Thank you!

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