Birds should not be placed in kitchens where they will be subjected to cooking fumes unless your kitchen is large and extremely well ventilated. If you do decided to place your bird in the kitchen, do not use nonstick cookware–it emits toxic fumes when overheated and can quickly kill your bird. For safety reasons, it is best to simply omit your kitchen as a possibility when considering cage placement.
Your Quaker will most likely thrive on being placed in an area of your home where it can easily observe all the daily activities as they occur, but without actually being in the center of the whirlwind. This will make him feel like another member of the family, and more often that not he will feel compelled to contribute to the activity and conversation.
Our Quaker’s cage sits inside the doorway that connects the living room to the hallway, far from drafts and kitchen fumes but affording him full view of anyone who enters or exits through the front door. The strategic placement also allows him to participate in any activities that take place in the living room, and since my television and computer were both located there he certainly didn’t suffer from lack of attention!
Whenever you decide to place your Quaker’s cage, ensure that it is not near electrical wires or cords that control blinds and curtains. These can be pulled into the cage with potentially tragic results. To prevent contact with woodwork, curtains, pictures and other items not intended as toys, take care to keep your Quaker’s cage approximately a foot away from the wall (especially if your Quaker is a fruit flinger or poop slinger).