Ask Lafeber


June 22, 2020


I have a blue female and green male Quakers they are a year old they mate every day for about 2 months no eggs yet but they have become very mean and they were very tame before they started matting I don’t know if I should keep them apart or just let them stay together.


Hi Kathy,

Regardless of whether you want to allow them to breed, you need to separate them for now – place them in different rooms if necessary. They are much too young to be allowed to breed. Captive bred parrots will become sexually mature at a much earlier age than in the wild. However, they are not “grown up” enough to be breeding. For quakers, the birds need to be closer to three years old. Young birds generally make a lot of mistakes and can develop bad breeding habits that prevent them from being good breeders. And for females, a young bird is at a much higher risk of becoming egg bound. Both birds need more time to physically and mentally develop.

The reason they are not as tame is because they are bonding with each other. Parrots have flock mates they hang out with until they choose a mate. Once a pair is bonded, other parrots are viewed as rivals. So your birds prefer each other over humans, which is natural. However as I said, these two need to be split up for a couple of years. Once they have been separated, they should go back to being tame. They will do better as pets if they can’t see each other. You also need to be careful about hormonal triggers. When you pet them, limit scratches to the head and neck – when you pet them on the body, it triggers hormones because only a mate would be allowed to do that. Do not give them anything to shred – especially the female. Also no nest or bird tents, boxes or anything they might view as a nest. Only breeding birds need a nest. We recently hosted two webinars on hormonal parrots that you might want to view. I’ll post the links below.

When they are older, if you do decide to breed them, this will mean you will lose them as pets you can handle. Once they are breeders, they won’t be tame at all, and they will need privacy during breeding season. There are a lot of supplies you will need as well as diet requirements for them, also. But you have plenty of time to research breeding and decide about that.

Webinar: “Spring Is In the Air: How To Deal With Your Pet Bird’s Hormonal Behavior!”

Webinar: “Pet Birds & Hormonal Behavior: Part 2!”

Thank you for asking Lafeber,



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