Hello Quaker Peeps,
We adopted a young Quaker a week ago from a local parrot rescue. The Quaker, Piccolo, is estimated to be 1.5 years old. Piccolo, has never... to anyone's knowledge, been abused. This Quaker's sex has not yet been discovered.
Piccolo has a strong preference for men it seems. Piccolo really liked the parrot rescuer's son, the veterinarian (also a man), and took an instant liking to my husband, not so with me.
I have a couple of questions for all of you experienced Quaker people out there.
Does a Quaker's gender predispose it to prefer the opposite sex?
Is a lone Quaker attempting to establish some sort of substitute pair bond with the opposite sex human?
Will the bird's preference for my husband create future aggression towards me?
(I refer to Piccolo as "she" but this is not yet confirmed)
Whenever my husband is around the bird, it bobs its head enthusiastically, nibbles at his fingers, or grooms his ears and can be easily touched and petted by him. The first hour she was in our home, he left the room and she flew down the hall after him.
When I am alone with the bird she tolerates me, sometimes tries to bite me (not hard) but will let me touch her some and scratch under her wings or over her forehead as long as I approach her thoughtfully. She willing steps up for both of us, will take nibbles of foods from both of us, and sometimes I get a head bob out of her, though not like my husband does. It is obvious that she adores him. She does not like me to touch her much if she is with my husband.
I am destined to be her primary care giver, chef, trainer and housekeeper, not my husband. I will be spending more time with Piccolo than my husband. The entire point of getting a bird was based on very fond memories of little parakeets that I have bonded with a various times of my life. After all 28 years is a long time to be just "tolerated."
Should I be concerned with her favorite person preference and how she will relate to me in the years to come? She has warmed up towards me since last Sunday, but if she is destined to remain luke warm towards me, I may not keep her. I am concerned her favoritism could pose a behavioral issue in the years to come.
Thank you all in advance!
Edited by sylphwood, 22 September 2013 - 07:05 PM.