should you get your quaker a friend

we have a green quaker about four years old, who was raised by us from almost birth. She does not talk non stop but did have a large vocabulary andd would sing row your boat, call our dog, say her name, ect.

recently we had a friend who could no longer care for her green quaker so she gave him/her to us. He/she is around a one or two years old. The two do not fight but they do not seem to want to make friends either.

also, our first quaker never talks anymore.
they have only been together for 3 days but neither of them does much but make noise now.

Is this normal?
will they get better or should we keep just one. I thought ours would enjoy having a friend but now I do not know.

Before we make the new quaker a permanent addition, I just wondered.

PS. Is there anyway to make even a rough assumption of the sex of the birds? Also, the new bird is constantly ruffling his feathers and wiggling his tail. What does this mean?

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Mar 21, 2009
Quaker pal
by: Anonymous

I just went through the same thing with my 2 quakers.. I had Jade and adopted Buddy beginning of February. They tolerate each other, but are not friendly. I had hopes of them living in the same cage, but that is not going to happen.

I have the cages side by side, and they enjoy watching each other and calling to each other, but that is as far as it goes. I am definately keeping both as I enjoy them both very much, but they are not bonding as I had hoped.

Jade is an excellent talker, but has done less since Buddy arrived. I find if I give Jade her one on one time with me, she will talk as before. But, quakers are very flock oriented and it is not surprizing they prefer to call to each other instead of "talk human."

I have one male and one female so even "spring fever" has not helped with their bonding.
And please be aware, if your quakers do bond to each other, you may not be able to handle them and they may only want to be with each other. Their bonding can be a mixed blessing.
Good luck and please keep us posted.
Mary Ann

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