As soon as your Quaker Parrot reaches 12 weeks of age their individual personality starts to form. This is a crucial time for you to start training your Quaker Parrot (if you haven’t already) to be sociable within your family unit and learn how to follow your rules.
If you wait too long before you start their basic training, then your Quaker will become dominating and biting the members of your family that it hasn’t bonded too, while they attempt to pick your bird up.
Quaker Parrots are psychologically hard wired to become the boss of their family unit, and will retaliate with a bite if you try and force them to do something they don’t want to do.
The idea, is to not try and force them to do things they don’t want to do, but to enforce positive behavior with treats.
Parrots have 2 methods of dealing with a situation if the y feel threatened. Fight or flight, they will mostly choose flight to escape if they can, but if they are cornered with no escape they will bite.
Quaker Parrots are ferociously territorial and will defend their cage without fear. Just as in the wild a Quaker parrots protects their roost and nesting area, from intruders, they will naturally do the same in their cage in your living room and they will protect the cage perimeters ferociously.
Tip: Moving their cage to different areas in the room can make your Quaker less cage dominant. Rotate toys each week and change positions of perches too will make a big difference.
Of course we think we’re doing the best for our parrot by being nice to them! giving them lots of toys to play with and providing them with best food that’s available. Then we are left wondering why? When you put your hand
in the cage of a perfectly tame Quaker they suddenly lunge and bite your hand.
And when you eventually get your parrot out of their cage their personality miraculously changes to a soft and cuddly loving tame bird again with no sign of biting. This is because you have taken them away from their cage and they have no need to protect their new environment.
Training Your Quaker Parrot.
As soon as you get your Quaker Parrot you should be training it to step up and to Ladder. Laddering is continuously stepping up. The way to do laddering is to get your bird to step up on your hand then put your other hand in front the hand with the bird on, a little higher than the first, when the bird steps up onto the second hand then lower the second hand and put the first hand in front of the second hand a little higher for your bird to step up.
Your Quaker will keep stepping up because it always wants to be higher. Rewarding positive behavior Stepping up and laddering. The method we use to train our baby parrots is to use their favourite fruit or veg. We eliminate this item from their daily diet and use it for treats when training each day. They get excited and want to come out and learn new tricks so they can have some of their favourite food.
To get the best results when training your Quaker you should take them to a different room out of sight of their cage to train them. This takes the edge off their confident attitude and helps them concentrate on the training you’re giving them.
When Quaker parrots live in the wild they spend most of the day flying around foraging for food this is a stark contrast to your parrot’s routine in your home.
To divert your Quaker Parrots Territorial Cage Behavior and Biting you could provide 2 cages and a play gym.
The first cage would be a small cage for your Quaker to slee in, you could provide 1 toy inside the cage, the second cage would be a lot larger this would be their day cage.
They can stay in this cage while you are not at home, inside this cage you would provide toys that encourage your Quaker to forage for food this would stimulate their behavior inthe wild. Your Quaker would use the play gym while you are at home under your supervision.