What Species of Parrots Make the Best Pets?

Let’s start with parrots falling under a definite no. 

Kea for one. The New Zealand Alpine parrot lives in the snowy mountains and is really smart but extremely destructive.

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Should I Get a Quaker, Ringneck, or Conure?
Happy father and daughter choosing pretty bird for keeping in pet shop

Should I Get a Quaker, Ringneck, or Conure?

Kayla writes to ask:


I’m stuck between getting a conure or a quaker (ok maybe an Indian ringneck too), and could really use advice on what current owners think.


I’m hoping to find a best friend who wants to be involved, cuddly, silly, and maybe even say a few words eventually.


I mostly don’t want one who screams and screeches all day.


Is a quaker on the right track?



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Why is My Quaker Parrot Becoming More Antisocial?

Eva W. relates:

I have an 8-year-old female Quaker parrot who is becoming more and more antisocial as she ages.

I have had her since she was a baby.

She was always very skeptical of new things and situations which is probably good.

But there was not a lot of curiosity in her behavior.

She never wanted to step up on my hand.

She bites me any chance she gets even though I am her chosen person. (more…)

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In Response to “Do You Serve Your Pet Bird Chop?”

Sherry L. comments:

Yes, my birds are fed ‘chop’ (Arlo the grey, calls it ‘bobbity’) This is a new term for what I have done for 28+ years.

Chop is chopped veg, grains, and sometimes, a tiny bit of seed sprinkled on top or a bit of walnut, or something.

I used to cut the vegetables larger because Arlo was pretty accepting of lots of things, and I didn’t have a food processor.

I also (now) feed Arlo a pelleted diet, along with the chop.

She also gets a small amount of fruit, and sometimes about an inch square of chicken breast (baked) or some steamed scallop (yum).


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Why Has One of My 2 Quakers Gotten Bitey?

Carolyn L. writes


I have two Quakers, one green one blue Zachary and Felix.


Zach is about 7 and Felix is a sweet 2 yr old.


They are in separate cages because Zachary has gotten very nasty and attacks little Felix.


Zach bites everything and everyone!


Felix loves me and nibbles but not to hurt.


How can I get Zach to stop the biting so I can get them together?


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How Did Another Rescue Bird Find Us?

We just rescued another bird and I drove 794 miles less than I did for the last one.

Of our bird-related calls, most are people seeking to acquire a “new bird”.

We will always refer them to the closest bird rescue in their area.

Yesterday (2/11/20) we got a call from a woman in Cedar Lake about 6 miles from our new place in Lowell.

(Talk about a bird rescue near me)


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