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Preparing for the Arrival of Your Pet Bird

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How can you best welcome your pet bird into your home? What preparations should you make to ensure that your feathered friend adapts easily to its new environment? Here are some tips to help you:

Table of Contents

  • Preparing the cage for your pet bird
  • Assisting its adaptation to the new environment
  • The first few days

Preparing the cage for your pet bird

The first step in acquiring a pet bird is making the decision to do so. The second step involves choosing the bird (its species, the number of individuals, etc.). The next step is to ensure that all the necessary conditions are met to minimize any disturbance when the animal discovers its new home. In other words, it’s about preparing for the arrival of your pet bird.

If you plan to keep your pet bird in a cage, an aviary, or dedicate an entire room to it, providing more space for it to spread its wings, fly, or climb will contribute to its well-being. However, this choice depends on the size of the bird, its species, and the number of birds.

The shape and configuration of the cage or aviary are also important criteria. For example, taller models are preferred for parrots, as they tend to climb. On the other hand, passerine birds will require a wider cage to enable them to make horizontal flights.

Consider the number of birds you plan to accommodate, both now and in the future. The worst scenario would be to have an overcrowded cage, as it would facilitate the spread of diseases and expose the birds to stress.

Don’t forget to thoroughly clean the cage and its accessories before placing your pet bird(s) in it. Rinse it thoroughly to remove any traces of cleaning products, as they may be toxic to your animal. The same applies to feeders, waterers, perches, shelters, bath tubs, nests, and other accessories inside the cage.

Assisting its adaptation to the new environment

Upon the arrival of your bird at home, you need to carefully place it in its new cage. Avoid any sudden movements, as the animal is already stressed from the journey and leaving its initial environment, and it should avoid any additional trauma. As a precaution, close all doors and windows in the room where the cage is located.

Fill the waterers and feeders before the bird’s arrival to avoid unnecessary disturbance. During the first few days, it needs maximum calmness to adjust to this completely unfamiliar environment, including the place itself, as well as the sounds and lights.

If you have other animals at home, keep them away from the bird as they may increase its stress. It’s best to isolate the bird during the initial days.

Preparing for the Arrival of Your Pet Bird

The first few days

Gradually, your pet bird will become more familiar with its new surroundings. Allow it time to acclimate and reassure it with your presence, without being too intrusive.

Take the bird to the veterinarian for a complete examination and take the opportunity to gather advice from the specialist.

At home, once the bird has become tame and trust has been established (which obviously takes more than just a few days), you can let it out of its cage more often. However, never let it fly unsupervised in a closed room, as there is a risk of accidents involving small objects that can be swallowed, electrical appliances, or toxic ornamental plants.

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- Mahatma Gandhi

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”

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