where are all the quaker lovers?????
Posted 16 May 2004 - 03:32 AM
Posted 16 May 2004 - 03:50 AM
Anyway, Tilde is a great little pest. He speaks a lot and very clearly. He is also the most argumentative bird in the house. He's currently shredding paper and decorating his happy hut. He keeps inviting me in. I think its all about "date rape" so I'm not gonna go there
Tilde is plagued with "little man syndrome" and as a result, has gotten injured 2 times in 4 years. He is currently suffering from a battle with the Eclectus. He lost one half of his upper mandible in that fight and its only now regrown to within a 1/4 of its correct length. Yet, he still takes on all comers. I think that Quakers are great, but don't recommend them to first time parrot owners. They can be a little handful if you don't interact with them on a daily basis. Still, I can't imagine life without one.
4 BG macws: Dreamer, The Fabulous Margarita, Mia and Sailor
1 Greenwing: Eenie
1 Severe Macaw: Chi Chi
1 Yellow Nape Amazon: Taco
1 Timneh African Grey: Radar
1 Quaker: Tilde
Posted 18 May 2004 - 10:01 PM
I love this bird. Me and him are the best of buddies.I love when she makes the kiss sound when I ask her for a kiss. She does about 8 different whistles and my tiels are beginning to pick them up. I truely wish that I would have gotten the quaker first. Not that I don't love my tiels but she is so much more fun
1 pied female tiel (pepper)
1 quaker (PeeWee)
Posted 21 May 2004 - 02:21 PM
I used to take Jassy quaker bird watching with me. She would yell to the wild quakers and talk to them. One day she saved me a good rap in the head. I was crouched behind some bushes taking pictures of sandhill cranes. Jassy was between my feet in her little travel cage when she jumped and went nuts. I looked up in time to see a large crane approaching from the rear who was intent on chasing me off the grounds. I was so involved in my camera without Jassy I would have been pecked. Sandhills are big birds with very big beaks. It would have hurt to say the least. I miss my little bird watching buddy so much.
Posted 09 July 2004 - 02:41 AM
My name is Amy and I'm from Sydney, Australia. My husband and I own two very darling Quakers, one male green named Charlie (picture attached - if this works) and a Blue female named Li'Lou. They are absolutely gorgeous. They are each 5 months old and very talented.
They step-up onto hands/arms/shoulders when asked, they are reasonably well toilet trained, they understand a lot of different commands and are generally very obediant, and between the two of them they can say "Hi"; "Hello"; "How you going?"; "What you doing"; "Step-Up"; and they both do my laugh so convincingly, it's hilarious.
They are such divine creatures. Charlie is vivacious, proud, bold, courageous, very playful and also a little jealous, Li'Lou is shy, extremely affectionate, loving and a little timid.
I often take them out with me. They are both clipped but I am still very careful with choice of location and I always make sure I have emergency supplies, food and water with me, as well as another handler. But they absolutely adore coming places on my shoulder. The sheer delight in their squeels is amasing.
At home they each have their own large cage but the doors are always open, with two large ladders leading down to a large playpen. They are allowed to roam our loungeroom also, but tend to stick to their play areas. And all of their areas are riddled with toys. They're spoilt rotten, my fids.
I've only had them for 3 months but already I can not imagine life without them. I could not even imagine going one day without them.
Posted 09 July 2004 - 03:12 AM
Yeah these Quakers sure are characters, aren't they. I just caught one in my backyard about 10 days ago and he has quite a personality. Noisey nippy little devil though. Seems like he is trying to say something so he is obviously someone's escaped pet unless he was just released into the wild by someone who could not deal with the chattering or nippiness anymore. I check the lost & found section of the local newspaper everyday but no one seems to care enough to put an ad in so I called a friend to give him to her as she has many others and many Sun Conures too so she doesn't mind all that squawking, which I do at this time in my life. However this lady has not showed up so I may just release this bird soon. There are tons of them flying around my area of S. Fla. so I'm sure he will take up with one of the already existing flocks and hopefully be happy flying free. He was around my neighborhood for about a week flying all over the place and would often just take off far into the distance until I lost sight of him before I eventually caught him in a live opossum/racoon type trap so I feel confident he will survive just fine out there. I'm a little worried though as sometimes these neighborhood cats are just so sneaky that all birds have to be wary.........
Posted 09 July 2004 - 04:15 AM
1 pied female tiel (pepper)
1 quaker (PeeWee)
Posted 09 July 2004 - 04:49 AM
So what do you have against this guy flying free with all the other Quakers in the area? I really hate to see him caged up and clipped in a small cage most likely and probably for the rest of his life at the mercy of some keeper that may just want a toy for entertainment. I'm not talking about you or your brother by the way but just in general.
If I knew you or your brother personally and was somehow assured that you would not clip him and that you would keep him in a huge outdoor avairy or flight cage with one or more of his own kind, then I probably would give to either of you in a heartbeat.
IMO, any bird that has a GREAT chance of living fairly safe & FREE should be given that chance. If it were any other species I would most probably have a different view as it would be much more difficult if not nearly impossible to survive in the wild around here. I'm still thinking on what to do. I put him outside today in a large flight until I make up my mind. That lady friend still may come for him although I'm somewhat hesitant about giving to her because she too has just too many birds IMO and a husband that can be quite a pain in the butt most of the time.
I'm probably about 3-4 hour drive from your bro. btw.........
Posted 09 July 2004 - 05:40 AM
is the bird easy to handle? Does it seem tame? If it is indeed a tame bird then releasing it into the wild can actually kill it. Hand reared birds only last so long before they just die in the wild, due to the wild birds attacking them (especially other Quakers - they are very territorial with their family groups) and they also don't know how to find food, etc. So better to play it safe and make sure it's wild before releasing it.
Just a suggestion!
Posted 09 July 2004 - 06:02 AM
As I have already said, it had been flying around here for a week before I caught it. Even disappeared for a couple of days. It is not slim or thin at all. Actually kinda chunky. Does bite and would not stay on one's finger etc. but does seem to try and talk a bit. I felt the pelvic area today and it definitely seems to be a male. It has no marks on it and is in perfect feather and none of the many cats around my neighborhood caught it in a weeks time so it seems pretty smart and must know how to find food. All these other Quakers I see flying around, I'm sure all escaped from someone at one time or another and blended into already established groups, except for the wild born ones of course. I just hate to see a bird that has a good chance to survive out there free, being kept prisoner for the rest of its life.........Decisions, decisions???
Posted 09 July 2004 - 01:07 PM
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Posted 10 July 2004 - 02:34 AM
I vote for letting the bird go and seeing if he heads out or if he keeps coming back.
Many people trap and or steal baby quakers right out of nests in the wild
to sell. This is not uncommon in Florida and other southern states where Quakers have evolved into large colonies.
For all you know, that bird might be one of the stolen wild birds that someone thought they wanted for a "pet". They probably got tired of it, or disgusted because it wasn't easy to "tame into a pet", and let it go again.
It seems to be able to handle itself out in the big wide (free) world of feral birds, so IMO I think it would be best to release him again.
I totally understand how some people might feel differently, but I am practical enough to realize that sometimes human intervention is not always the best choice, yanno?
So I support your decision to set him free if that's what you do....
Posted 10 July 2004 - 02:38 AM
Because of the lories flight feathers being curled, the owner did not clip them as the bird couldn't fly anyway, though he tried to so much. One day, when a pair of wild scalies were near by, he took off. Most of his feathers are pretty normal now as it is, so it's hard to pick him out from the flock or pair of scalies in the area. The bird will have no problem living in the wild with the wild scalies as they have accepted him, and can show him where to go for food, even though he was captive bred. The people on the board are happy that he is atleast around other scalies, too.
Now if these birds didn't have any to join up to see where food was and such, nor could find food, then there is a major problem, though plenty of birds have learned to find food on their own... Captive parrots shouldn't just be "released", though this scaly was not. Joel would be releasing the quaker back into territory where other quakers are, and its quite possible that they would get along, I mean, think about the area that they have... Though if this bird was indeed a pet, then it's quite possible that someone may be missing him, and Joel just can't seem to get in contact with the former owners.
I'm pretty much 50/50 here if the bird may once have been a pet, and it has already learned to quite possibly survive in the wild. There are other quakers around it, however, if there wasn't, then I'd be leaning more on the side of not letting him go... Joel is pretty smart so I'm just going to trust him in the decision that he makes.
Posted 10 July 2004 - 02:56 AM
Uhmm, Monica? What? I think you're making a good point in there somewhere, but i guess i'm old and i got lost? What are scalies? Are there feral lorikeets where you live? Are they one and the same? De-confuse an old woman, would ya?
Posted 10 July 2004 - 05:38 AM
Here are a couple pics of a few scalies so that you know what they look like...
Posted 10 July 2004 - 09:14 AM
Posted 10 July 2004 - 07:12 PM
I did just find an article on some scalies that get PBFD. It talks about wild scalies getting the disease and giving it to their offspring... Not a good thing for what people believe that they are doing, but here is the link...
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