While the extra money did come in handy, that is not and should not be the primary reason for breeding any type of bird. Some people think that breeding and raising birds is an easy way to make money. If only this were true! Those who know no better don’t stop to think of all the added expenses that breeders incur, such as feed, hand feeding supplies, incubators, humidifiers, lights, spaced and vet bills, just to name a few. They also fail to realize that in most cases, you don’t just buy two birds of opposite sexes, throw them together, and have babies!
Some pairs take years to breed, and others never will, even if they are bonded to each other. It’s a game of chance, but one that breeders are willing to take for one reason: to insure the future of birds that might otherwise become extinct. Most bird breeders are bird lovers and take a personal interest in the birds themselves; they don’t see them as just dollar signs. Protecting all birds, especially endangered ones, is the responsibility of all bird lovers.
I mainly raised Quakers because I loved them. I have always been an animal lover, and at one time had what I called the “miniature zoo” in our home! When our children were young we taught them to respect all animals, and in the true tradition of being children, would bring home any stray animal that crossed their path.
I have kept different species of birds as pets for many years, and they are considered my first love as far as pets are concerned followed by my pet squirrel which I found as a baby and hand fed it with bird formula. She grew up to be a great pet! There was a time not so very long ago that we had 16 different species of birds scattered around the house, all of them designated as pets!
Of all the pets available in the world today, the most colorful, intelligent and exotic are birds. Unfortunately, what many people fail to understand is that birds are also among the most long-lived of pets. Life spans of twenty-five to thirty years or longer for Quakers are far from uncommon.