When buying “used” birds, owners may try to recoup losses and try to sell you the bird at an inflated price, or at the same price they originally paid. Check various sources and ask that discrepancies in price be explained. It may take a lot of work and time, but a lovable Quaker that verbally greets you when you arrive home and trusts you implicitly is the best gift that you can give yourself–and your Quaker!
Facts to Consider
The ideal situation in which to purchase a Quaker is when you can learn the birds individual history. It’s important to know what his physical and emotional needs are at different stages of its life, and in what environment it has been raised thus far. A Quaker that is cute and cuddly as a baby may or may not have the sample temperament as an adult. Learning about the adult parents can help you make an informed decision.
Are the parents tame, hand-raised birds, or were they wild-caught? How old are they? How old was the baby when it was removed from the nest box? Did it receive attention at various times throughout the day, or only when it was being fed? Was it kept with other babies being weaned, or alone? These questions are important if you are to be informed about your bird before you take it home.
This information may give you some insight into what type of personality you may expect from your Quaker, and will help you understand why he/she sometimes acts or reacts a certain way. Try to locate places that provide this type of information. Reputable sources are those that are proud of their birds and sincerely care about their future well-being, and should be willing to take the time necessary to answer your questions and give you advice long after you have taken your bird home.
There have been a few instances in which I have refused to sell someone a Quaker, simply because I believed it would not be going to a loving, caring home. People who used to approach me to purchase a Quaker as a “toy” or playmate for their young children were also turned away. These are people who, unfortunately, do not realize the responsibility that goes along with being a bird owner. On the other hand, I used to receive calls from people who have purchased birds from me in the past who have a particular question they needed an answer for, and knew that I would do my best to assist them. And I did!