While it is not impossible for parakeets and Quaker parrots to get along, you cannot simply put them in the same cage as and when. The Quaker will get very territorial and in the worst case may even kill the parakeet. If they are raised together they can bond, but even then it requires careful consideration.
Keeping different species of parrots together is very often fraught with all sorts of difficulties.
If they are not bonded and raised together from a young age, they are very likely to get territorial and aggressive to one another.
Even if they are raised together, there’s no guarantee their temperament will not change once they mature.
Let’s look further into this.
Can a Quaker and a Parakeet live together?
The simple answer is that parakeets and Quaker parrots cannot live together because they can both get territorial.
If your intention is to move a mature Quaker and a mature parakeet into the same cage, then categorically you should not do this.
Quaker parrots in particular can get very aggressive and territorial, and they are considerably larger than parakeets.
Thus, they can easily bully a parakeet and may well kill them.
It is not at all uncommon for larger parrots to kill smaller parrots if they are placed in the same cage.
The size difference will mean your parakeet feels very threatened at all times, and will thus be extremely stressed constantly.
Even if the Quaker didn’t physically attack it, this stress alone could certainly be enough to slowly kill the parakeet over a long period of time.
So, in general, there is really no way these two species can live together.
They will not get along, and both are highly territorial.
If they are used to having their own space, then they will not be happy about suddenly sharing it not only with another bird, but with a different species entirely.
Parrots are so varied and interesting in their species that it is perfectly natural to want to have multiple different species living together.
They live for such a long time that you may only be able to get one for a long time, and you may well not have enough space for more than one parrot to have its own room.
But the simple fact is that it is not a good idea to have different species living together.
One potential workaround, if you are willing to put the time in, is to get the two species you want from as young an age as possible, and bond them together before they mature.
They will be less aggressive and territorial at this young age, and may learn to be friends with one another.
Even then, though, they may well turn on each other later on when they mature.
And bonding them in this way requires a great deal of care and attention.
Do parakeets get along with other birds?
Parakeets certainly can get along with other birds in the right circumstances.
Parakeets have been successfully mixed with a lot of similarly sized species, like cockatiels, lorikeets and zebra finches.
Parakeets are certainly very social birds, and like company in general.
However, again, there are a number of caveats and it requires experience and care to be able to have parakeets living with other species.
The important point to mention, though, is the issue of size.
Parakeets are among the smallest species of domestically owned parrot.
Anything that is a lot larger than them will be safe to have around your parakeet.
Quaker parrots in particular can certainly kill smaller parrots like parakeets if they had the chance.
If you want to get another parrot for your parakeet, then ideally just another parakeet is the best way to go.
Even then, it’s best if you get both birds right away, and don’t let your parakeet get accustomed to living by itself.
Whether or not they take to a new friend in their home is entirely down to the individual, but you’ve got a much better chance if they’re raised together and the same species.
Do Quaker parrots get along with other birds?
Quaker parrots generally are more territorial than other species like parakeets, so it’s generally not a good idea to introduce a new parrot to their home once they are settled.
They are going to be more aggressive towards a bird they can easily bully, like a parakeet.
However, they’re not really going to get along very well with most other species.
Again, if raised together from the youngest possible age, you certainly do stand a greater chance of them getting along into adulthood.
But Quaker parrots are usually best kept alone, with you making sure you have plenty of free time to socialize and interact with them.
Parrots are social animals, though, so whether or not they can live alone is a big and important question.
Do parakeets need a friend?
Parakeets are birds that tend to live in very large flocks in the wild, so they are highly social animals.
Ideally, then, if you have one, you are either going to want to get it a friend when you first bring it home or make sure you have plenty of spare time to spend playing with it every day.
Many people underestimate just how much socializing parakeets need, and it can take a big toll.
The best way to address this is to get a pair of parakeets, and raise them together.
If not another parakeet, then another species like a cockatiel may work, but again, you’ll want to very carefully monitor their behavior as they get older.
Parakeets can live by themselves just fine, as long as they’ve got you to interact with basically whenever they want.
Keeping a single parrot happy is a full-time job!
Do Quaker parrots need a friend?
When it comes to Quaker parrots, they should also generally have a friend.
Again, though, this is best taken from their own species.
Unlike parakeets, Quaker parrots are much more territorial and can get very aggressive with birds of other species.
Your choices with a Quaker parrot are essentially the same.
Ideally, you should get a pair from the first point that you bring the Quaker home.
Get the two bonded and they should be happy for life.
If you only have the capacity for a single Quaker parrot, then you must be prepared to spend many hours every day interacting with your Quaker parrot.
A lonely Quaker parrot will be depressed, self-destructive, and may even die prematurely.
Don’t underestimate just how social these animals are.
They also live in large flocks in the wild, so you need to provide something like this for them in your home.
Can you have different species of parrots in the same cage?
The answer to this could be slightly different for virtually every kind of parrot, but in general it is not a good idea to have different species of parrot living in the same cage.
It’s largely a question of how they are brought up. Parrots raised together are a lot more likely to get on.
However, adult instincts are always at risk of kicking in.
It may be that they get on just fine as young birds, but become territorial with age.
It’s usually a better and safer idea simply to have a pair of the same species, raised together from a young age.
How do you bond a Quaker and a parakeet?
Bonding a Quaker and a parakeet is not easy, indeed you should not go into the task assuming it can definitely be done.
My advice would be not to try in the first place, as no matter how well they bond at this early age, they may later turn on each other.
If you are committed, though, get advice from a professional handler.
From the earliest possible age you will need to have the two birds together, and you may even have to hand-tame them yourself.
Rearing different species of parrots together is a very tricky endeavor, then.
If you move them in together when they are adults, it is extremely unlikely that they will get along.
Even if they are bonded from a very young age, there’s still always a chance that one of them may simply change their attitude as they mature.
While it seems very nice to have different species of parrot living together, the best advice, in general, is simply not to do this as in the worst case one parrot may end up dead.