Animal Stories - Quaker Parakeet


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   Quaker or "Monk" parakeets are some the nicest birds around! They are good talkers and are extremely loveable and cute.
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Michele - 2013-11-11
Hello I too have a quaker parrot who has recently finished his molting. Recently I discovered a puffiness on his left side. When I looked it appeared that he scratched himself. Today I again look and he has been scratching himself all around his neck area. He hasn't shown any out of the ordinary behavior. Could this be related to his pin feathers. The one's on top of his head have stopped. I know to take him to a vet. Just looking for a possible explanation?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-12-10
    Excessive scratching could be a sign that your bird's skin is very dry, flaky, and feels itchy. Try increasing bathing to see if it helps. Another possibililty is red mites. Cover the cage with a white sheet in the evening, and see if there are any dark brownish red little dots on it in the morning.
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Cristina - 2013-07-18
My Quaker Parrot, Molly, just recently started hanging around at the bottom of her cage. Which is unusual since she's always running around in and out of the cage. I saw her scratching here and there, and thought maybe she wants something to run around in. Like paper. I gave her some torn up pieces of newspaper and let handle her business. She seemed content. Which helped stop her excessive scratching at the bottom of the cage. But now she just hangs around there. She nods her head towards me and eats every once in a while. The only time she doesn't hang there is when it's time to sleep. She goes back to her usual perch at the top. She seems content when I wrap my hand around her like a blanket and makes these chirp sounds and flaps her wings excessivly when she's happy to see me or approves of me. When I take her out of her cage and into another room she grows desperate in trying to locate her cage when she's away from it and tries to pry herself away from me to get back to cage. She's never done this before. And gets extremely furious when someone other than myself approaches her or her cage. Her eyes and nose are not runny or anything. Is she trying to build a nest and protect it?! She only lets me touch her and put my hand in the cage...

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-07-24
    It is possible she is going through a mating phase. I know with my parrot she would periodically go into 'heat' and would become very attached to me and repeat some weird rituals (such as turning around in circles for long periods of time). That may be what is going on with her. If that's what is going on she will probably come out of it eventually. I know it might be hard, but also try not to encourage this behavior because she might also consider you her 'mate,' and you want her to know you are not her mate.
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Kerrie Whiteley - 2012-12-02
My blue quaker is sitting on the bottom of her cage, not all the time just a little each day. She seems to go on her perch when she is covered up. why is this?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-12-02
    Could there be anything blowing on her such as a fan or vent?  Even open window?
  • Anonymous - 2012-12-02
    No fan but my temp in the house is on 70
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-12-02
    Second though and next question then.  Is the perch you are using for the quaker a perfectly round doll rod?  They come in just about every bird cage.  However, birds can't stand on them very well and their feet get cramped.  When the doll rod is small (and a quaker isn't a big parrot) the bird will frequently not stand on it because it hurts their feet.  If this is the case - then get a limb from a fruit tree or purchase a screw in perch rouch wood with various dimensions for your little guy. 
  • Kerrie Whiteley - 2012-12-02
    Yes, it is the ones that came with the cage, thanks for letting me know. I will go grab one from outside till I can get to the store
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B A COBILLAS - 2003-07-22
Cosomo Quaker is a 3yr old female and very talkative. She is lively and will follow me all over the house. She loves a good game of pick-a-boo. She will call MOOOOM until I find her. Her favorite hiding place is on my shoulders directly behind my head where I cannot see her. She has a wonderful sense of humor. She is not as adventurous with new foods. She has a Meyers parrot sibling and they are very much like human children fighting over a favorite toy not to be shared. They are very gentle with each other. Cosmo loves her younger brother and even tells him "loooove you." My quaker is not a quiet bird, she is very vocal with her family. She has been an inspiration for my Meyers parrot...taught him to talk. :)

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  • Haley - 2010-03-14
    Hi! I just got some green spotted puffers and I have heard that you should keep them in freshwater when they are young...I have got them in saltwater now. Is that ok?
  • keith ferreira - 2011-03-31
    Hi, i just got into parrot fish and like them very much but, could you tell me what is the natural color of the fish? We have about 4 colors here in trinidad and tobago.
  • rob - 2011-05-05
    I went in to check on the birds tonight to cover the cage up with the blanket. What I saw was the 2 finches setting in that other nest sleeping while the other nest with the eggs in it left alone. ???
  • Akshay Amle - 2011-08-24
    Actually the thing happened is I wanted to buy red belly piranha, and I wasnt knowing how to identify one, and the local pet store told me that this are RBP, and even they have/had red belly i mean reddish color at their bottom and now it's confirmed that its pacu, but I dont know whether it's a red belly pacu or black pacu. I think i should sell all those and just buy a RBP.
  • Elaine du Plessis - 2011-10-07
    My moms Quaker named Tiger was put down on Tues. He had a large tumor under his wing. He was like a human, he spoke all day, he was 14 hrs old. My mom is devastated and so are the rest of the family, we are desperately looking for a young hand reared Quaker, please let me know if you know of anyone that can assist. It would make my mom the happiest person alive. Thanks so much. I live in East London and my mom is in Grahamstown. My cell number is 0827238881 x x
  • Tiffanie - 2012-04-30
    I have 3 red tailed tinfoil barbs, they seem to be getting along with all my other fish.. I have a 180 gallon tank, 55 gallon tank and a 110 tank that houses my turtles.. In my 180 gallon tank with the barbs I have ballas, oscars, redtailed shark, black shark, lobster, kissing graumi and a Pike Cichlid.. I feed them all a lot, but I don't want my fish to starve.. How often is it recommended to feed these big barbs? I am sorry to hear about your fish, I cry when one of mine die.. =o)
  • Alfred Minio - 2012-06-19
    well as with my sick fish i think he may have had a stroke if thats possible, he is in a permanent 'c' shape and the second set of fins on the bottom seem to be paralyzed but its been a few weeks and he gets around and he's eating again. as for keeping the black morrs with my common ive had them together for about 3 or 4 months now and my morrs are just plain fat, i also added 2 sarsasa commet goldfish and even tho they are faster they all get along just fine. instead of feeding them 2 or 3 times a day i just feed them a little bit every hour or so and they'll just search the bottom in-between feedings.
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Mary Ann - 2009-01-19
I recently bought a rehomed Quaker from a less than desirable home. Jade was angry, aggressive, color was dull, and she looked miserable. I was told she was very mean, cage territorial, "you will never get near her", she hates everybody, and doesn't talk. The food they gave me was some canary seed with about 90% sunflower seeds added. First, I got her on a top notch food. After a week, she was giving me kisses and purring like a cat, rubbing her head on my face, calling me "sweet baby" and asking me "are you a good girl?"
She is an excellent talker, says I love you, go bye bye, pretty girl, what?, yup, blows kisses, laughs, hiccups,and plays peek a boo. She even asks the dog "what are you doing" when he gets too close to her cage. With some good food, her color is just beautiful. The vet says NOW she is happy, healthy, and thriving. I can reach in her cage and scratch her head without a problem. I guess you cannot underestimate what kindness, attention and good food can do. These people had her 3 years and didn't have a clue. I am so grateful I got her out of that situation and hope to enjoy her for many years to come. I would recommend quakers to anyone who is willing to devote some quality time and good food. She is wonderful!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-05-07
    Quakers make wonderful afffectionate pets and they are so entertaining. Very social creatures. Glad you got her.
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ARI - 2010-05-05
Hi
i am from south africa and looking for quaker mutations to import.

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susan jones - 2011-10-24
I have had my quaker for 24 years. I raised him my self. I live alone and he is the best company you could ever want. He is so loving. He is never in the cage when i am home. He goes from room to room with me. He even takes a shower with me. I don't know what I would do if I would loose him, because I could never get another one. I never had a family so Charlie is my family.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-10-24
    So many people do not realize how totally wonderful a bird is as a companion/pet. They become your family. They are your family. They are extremly expresssive and some actually talk. Either way, they train their humans extremely well. Thank you for sharing.
  • lonnie - 2011-12-12
    Hi Susan love your and I am thinking about getting one. There's alot of things i would like to know about raising one. food, cage when not at home. Best place to get one and how much is the right price, I see prices from 150-800 that seems a big differnce which I could get some help maybe you? thanks for your time and hope to find one just like yours a real friend. lonnie tx.
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Jenny - 2009-01-02
When I was around eleven my parents adopted a Quaker whose name is Elmer. When we first got him he was very friendly and affectionate. He's also very smart and speaks both the English and Samoan language. After about a couple of months he started to be mean and would attack others. It's been five years and he is still mean to everyone except for my mother. When I feed him he rushes to the food bowl and tries to bite my fingers through the bars. And whenever I walk past him he either runs up to me and bites me or he starts making these weird noises(which I think is his way of taunting) and sort of leans forward and moves his head around, this is his fighting stance. lol. When he bites he not only pierces the skin but he also moves his head around so it hurts more. However when ever he sees my mom he instantly becomes this sweet little bird, singing songs to her, giving her kisses and even saying "I love you." He even calls her "mama." And sometimes refers to me as "stupid." (something he learned from my brother) Despite the fact that he can be a little beast I absolutely love my Quaker! He's so cute! And it's so cute the fact that he's afraid of flying and heights. He prefers to either play on the floor of his cage or just the floor and hates sitting on top of his cage, unlike the other birds. :) He's so funny.

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Josh - 2008-05-10
I had a Quaker when I was younger. I love birds and all but that bird was the devil. He would bite huge chunks out of my arm. He was beautiful but mean. He died 11 years later, but until the day he died he hated me. Never could figure that one out. he loved every body but me. I had to leave the house when they let him out!

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Elba - 2006-08-09
I have 2 Quakers. One is a female who arrive flying to my home almost 2 years ago. she was hungry and we can handle her because she was the only one. but lately, almost 6 month after that, arrives another one. this is a male and he is more friendly, he did not bite and I can handle by hands. the female was more aggresive, soI only handle by a stick. now she is taking out her feathers and I do not understand why. the male is nicer, but she is very afraid to every thing. I think is her personality. I put something so they can take a bath and he does but she does not want to, so I wet her with a bottle to refresh her. she is very difficult to understand. their names are Chicho and Chicha.

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