Bringing Your New Bird Home

Have you decided to adopt a bird? Good for you! Our feathered friends can make wonderful pets. Polly is cute, colorful, and lots of fun to watch. Being in a new environment can be very stressful for birds, however, so you’ll want to take some steps to help your adorable new pet settle in. In this article, a Tipp City, OH vet offers some tips on bringing your bird home.

Supplies

Make sure you have everything ready for your new pet. The most important piece of equipment you’ll need to get is a birdcage, of course. Different types of birds need different styles and sizes of birdcages, so be sure to do your research. Providing a great cage is one of the best things you can do for your new pet, so get the biggest cage you can possibly afford. In addition to the cage, you’ll need perches and toys. Be sure to get the correct sizes and styles for your specific bird. You’ll also need to get food and dishes for your winged pal. Ask your vet for specific nutritional advice.

Setting Up The Birdcage

Choosing the right location for Polly’s cage is very important. Your feathered friend will become sad and lonely if she’s isolated in a back room, but she won’t be comfortable if she’s surrounded by commotion, either. Your bird will probably be most comfortable in a quiet corner, where she can still see and hear you. Setting some non-toxic plants around Polly’s cage may also help your bird feel more comfortable.

Helping Polly Adjust

When you bring Polly home, put her in her cage, and let her be. You’ll need to feed your feathered buddy, and clean her cage, but otherwise, give her a few days to adjust before you attempt to interact with her. To let Polly get used to you, sit beside her cage and talk to her gently.

Birdproofing

You’ll need to do some birdproofing before you let Polly out to play. Ceiling fans; mirrors and windows; drapes and blinds; wires and cords; water, such as a filled sink or open toilet; small objects; sharp items; and fumes are all dangerous to birds. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Do you have questions or concerns about your bird’s health, diet, or care? We are here to help! Contact us, your local Tipp City, OH animal clinic, today!

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