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Quaker Con’s

Some of the not so loveable Quaker Features

Yes it is true – Owning a Quaker parrot is not always perfect sailing!

Quakers have A LOT of character and they are not shy in voicing their opinions even when it is not wanted.

It is important to know that Quakers can be mean. Pluto certainly can! He may be adorable most of the time but there are certain things we are not allowed to say or do that have repercussions should we fail to abide by HIS rules.

Biting Parrot

If Pluto is not happy about something he can bite. It hurts too. We try not to react but hey when blood is streaming from your finger it is hard to not say anything, and thus Pluto has learnt to say “ah ah ahhhh”, “don’t bite me” or “don’t hurt me”, “Better be a good boy” and “be careful”. Sometimes if we are lucky enough we will get a warning where he will say one of these before he is about to bite. Other times he is quite angry about the situation and will just bite and bite hard.

When we learn something we say or do that upsets him, we try to avoid this situation. The other important element is to try to learn to read their moods. Pluto can get grumpy just like us – best to stay clear.

Things you can do if your bird bites you

If your bird does bite you it is best to “push” into the bite rather than pull away. This not only confuses them and they are likely to let go but it also reduces the possible injury.

The other tip is if the bird is on your hand when it bites, slightly move your hand up and down to make them unbalanced. This will generally make them let go, and then you can attempt to attract their attention with something else.

There is a lot of information – some free and some not free – about remedies to stop biting birds and of course advice on how to make sure it doesn’t happen in the first place.

Controlling Parrot

Pluto likes to think that he is the head of the household and that if he screams for attention we will come running. That scream can become very annoying.

We have learnt this attention seeking scream/call and if we know that he has his food and water and we have given him ample attention we attempt to distract him by calling out to him rather than running over to him or yelling back at him.

Since we work from home he will often try and gain our attention. Sometimes we do have to resort to placing him in another area of the house, usually our bedroom where he sleeps at night. This room looks out into our outdoor living space so he can still speak to us but we can mute him a little when talking on the phone!

It is important to do what is called “Hop Ups or Step Ups” where you place the parrot on a stick or finger and have the parrot hop up to the next stick or finger, over and over by placing the object just in front of their belly/chest. This should be done on a regular basis – daily if possible – to show that you are the head of the flock.

Bad Behaviour

It is hard and we fail often, but it is important to try not to react to bad behaviour. Quakers are just like little children trying to get your attention. If they do something bad that you react to, they learn “hey if I do this, this will happen, I’ll do it again”. If you continue to react, they will continue to display bad behaviour.

Instead, try to counteract the behaviour with something positive. Bring something else to their attention. Play a game like Peek-a-boo or something they have learnt that you can quickly do. Something that you can get excited about. Then reward them for the “good” behaviour with a lot of excitement. Soon they should learn that if I am good I get “good” attention.

Noise levels

Quakers can be noisy! Usually this occurs at certain times throughout the day. If you can set a period of time each day that could be titled “The Screaming Session” this can help reduce other noisy times. The Screaming Session could be a time when you have loud music on and muck around with your Quaker, yelling and getting excited giving them the opportunity to get it out of their system.

We found after Pluto learned a few words he would practice them more than call out – however he does squawk for our attention and he is stubborn so will squawk for a long time. We may just call out to let him know where we are or as mentioned earlier may have to move him to a quiet room.