by Heike Ewing Ott
Is it possible that a breeding pair of Quaker Parrots will remain friendly as pets? Or will they become too aggressive once paired up with a mate? This is another question that frequently comes up. The following article discusses the possibility of Quaker Parrots being kept as both breeders and pets.
I would like to know if you think that breeder birds can come out of their cage to play and still breed?
I have not tried this because all of my breeders are fully flighted and it isn’t safe to let them out. I don’t know if you would get fertile eggs from a clipped pair – normally the male uses his wings for balance during the mating act.
Once they laid eggs, they would have to be confined to the cage until the chicks are pulled (in my opinion), but as long as there are no eggs I don’t think it would matter one way or the other. As I said, though, I think your problem is going to be getting fertile eggs out of a clipped male, and if you don’t clip him then IMO it’s not safe to let him out of the cage.
The other thing that occurs to me is that breeding pairs often become aggressively protective of their “territory”. If you extend their territory to being the whole room and not just the cage, you may create a situation where the birds become agitated and aggressive any time anyone (avian or human) enters the room, and that could be dangerous for you and for any other birds that are kept in that room.
Sorry I didn’t have a more positive response for you. 🙁
Note from Shelly: Since this article was originally written, I have found that Quaker pairs are able to successfully produce fertile eggs even if their wings are clipped. In addition, my personal experience with my two pairs suggest that it is unlikely that the females will remain friendly enough to be pets. However, I can still easily handle one of the males. So I think it’s possible that a breeding male may remain friendly enough to continue a relationship with its owner, although this seems much less likely for females.