Helping Your New Bird Adjust

Are you adopting a new bird? Good for you! The day your new pet comes home will be a big day for both you and your bird! However, going to a new home can be quite scary for our feathered friends, so you’ll want to take steps to make the transition easy on Polly. Below, a Tipp City, OH vet discusses helping your winged buddy settle in.

The Cage

Polly will need a nice, comfortable cage. Get the largest cage you can, and add some perches and suitable toys. Choosing the right spot for the birdcage is also important. Most birds are happiest when they can see, hear, and interact with their people, but don’t feel too exposed. A corner spot in a living room or family room is often ideal. (Note: don’t put your colorful pet in direct sunlight, or near vents, heaters, or fireplaces. Because cooking fumes are toxic to birds, your feathered pal should also be a good distance away from the kitchen.)

Bringing Polly Home

If you are getting a bigger parrot, you’ll need to get Polly a traveling case. For smaller birds, you can transport your pet in a carrier or a small box with air holes. Drape a cloth or towel over the top to make it darker and help your bird relax. Put the carrier on the floor, so it doesn’t move around. Never put your bird in the trunk: exhaust fumes are poisonous to birds!

Settling in

When you and your feathered buddy get home, just put Polly into her cage and let her relax. You may want to pet or play with your winged pal, but it’s really best to let her adjust first. You can talk to your bird in a gentle voice, but don’t try to grab or touch her just yet.

Making A Friend

Polly will need time out of her cage every day, but you don’t want to immediately let her out. (Note: be sure to do some birdproofing before letting your colorful friend out to play.) Just give your bird some time to adjust and get to know you. One way to do this is to sit beside her cage when you want to read or watch TV.

Do you have any questions or concerns about your bird’s health or care? Contact us, your local Tipp City, OH pet hospital, today!

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