A change in attitude for a QP

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A change in attitude for a QP

Post by Cliff Stut » Mon, 03 Apr 1995 05:00:00



     Handel, my quaker, went through a radical personality change as he
reached maturity. He was less than 1 YO when he all of a sudden decided
he liked me and only me. Prior to this, he loved being handled by my
husband and children, and then he began biting them. Not nipping,
either! There was nothing on their part to cause this, but there are a
few reasons why this sort of thing can happen.
     1- Some birds are one-person birds. They will eventually bond and
develop a trusting relationship with one person only.
     2- Sometimes, a breeder will wait too long to pull a baby for
handfeeding. In some birds, this can result in a bird who is tame, but
not really imprinted on humans. These birds often become less friendly
as they mature. Some breeders do this because they mistake the ages of
the chicks, others do it because they are lazy and want to wait until
the chicks need to be fed less often
     3- Sometimes, a chick will be sold as handfed, when they really
have received little or none of the nurturing care this involves. There
are alot of creepos in the animal business, and many times a
disreputable breeder/seller will simply keep some chicks in a brooder
and spoon or syringe food into them every couple of hours without
handling them, talking to them, or socializing them in any way.
     Before buying a bird, it is a good idea to check the breeder/seller
out. Ask for the names of people who have bought from them before,
especially those who have bought the breed you are considering. Watch
the person interact with the birds in their care, and examine the
environment itself. Are the cages clean, and water and food fresh? Not
every person in the small animal business is in it for the love of the
animals. It is worth the extra effort to take your time and check it out
thoroughly.
                                            Good luck,
                                                    Bobbie