Bird of the Month
Quaker Parakeets are considered to be one of the hardier pet birds. They are small to medium sized parrots most commonly bright to variegated green in color with a lifespan of 25-30 years. Their temperament can range according to their environment and upbringing. Of course, hand raised birds tend to be much more socialized, however, it is important to consider that consistent time and socialization will be part of your Quaker's care throughout its lifetime.
Quakers tend to be very active and are notoriously good eaters. Dietary offerings should be broad to include the best nutritional sources for your bird. They can also be quite territorial, this coupled with their high activity level should be considered when providing an appropriately large play space with lots of safe items to stimulate your Quaker's high energy level. In spite of their small to medium size, ample and spacious housing is necessary for these birds.
Quakers can be aggressive and vocal! Depending on their upbringing (hand raised vs un handled) they may or may not be appropriate for families with small children.
Whether you acquire your Quaker from a breeder, pet store or rescue, please plan to schedule an exam to discuss proper care, diet and most appropriate considerations for your new feathered family member. What can you expect on a vet visit? The doctor will examine your bird and assess any obvious health problems. At that time, we will be able to make appropriate recommendations for diet and overall care. Establishing a relationship with your bird's veterinarian can be a valuable factor in your Quaker's health, wellbeing and longevity.
Call our office today to schedule an appointment. At that time we can also offer you valuable tips on safe and low stress transport. We can't wait to see you!