They prefer to attach their new nests to an already-existing nest structure as opposed to building a stand-alone version, and displaced Quakers whose original nest site has been destroyed rarely, if ever, settle more than several hundred yards away from their original nest site. Based on this information concerning their nesting habits, it is unreasonable to assume that Quakers would be inclined to take over large tracts of farmland and crops, destroying or consuming all vegetation and starving out our native birds.
Unfortunately some authorities are either unwilling to believe this information because it is simpler not to, or possibly they are unaware of its existence. Either way, it has been an uphill battle fighting for the rights of Quaker owners and breeders, and more importantly, Quakers themselves.
On a more positive note, the laws regarding ownership of Quakers are definitely changing, tho ever so slowly, in the birds’ favor. Most laws regarding Quakers were written years ago when wild-caught ones were being brought into the United States in large numbers, and those that were responsible for writing those laws presumably had very little knowledge of, or experience with Quakers, most especially hand-raised ones!
Currently there are very few, if any, of those original wild-caught Quakers left in existence, having been replaced with domestic bred babies whose temperament and behavior are nothing like their ancestors. Today Quakers are much less noisy, seldom developing the raucous “jungle calls” of their predecessors, are much more talkative, and generally becoming more cuddly, sweet and lovable with each new generation.
If you are considering a Quaker for a pet or are contemplating a move to another state, it would be wise to check the laws in that state by contacting your local fish and wildlife department or local pet stores regarding the possession of Quakers before either buying, breeding or attempting to transport these birds.
Responsible bird owners know that the key to a happy Quaker is more than just a cage, food and water. Quakers are sensitive creatures that need to be part of a family. With importation at an end, it is our responsibility to ensure the future reproduction of these lovable birds.
Hand-fed Quakers are currently replacing wild-caught ones as pets. We must all try to learn as much as possible about successfully keeping and breeding these fascinating creatures. And although there is often more than one way of doing something, methods can improve if we all remain open-minded.
The following chapters go into depth regarding the keeping of Quakers as pets as well as breeding situations, and cover a variety of subjects including but not limited to: choosing a Quaker, general personality, cage and accessories requirements, taming, training, socialization, diet, toys, health maintenance, safety tips, grooming, aviary set-up, design and maintenance, hand-feeding babies, weaning, and general breeding information.