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The First Few Days
A Guide to the settling in period for you and your new bird...

The first few days with your new bird can be a bit unsettling. It takes time to get used to new surroundings and new people. Here are a few tips to keep in mind after you bring your new friend home.

TIPS

If possible bring home something the bird is used to. The more security the better. For starters, you can bring your bird home in his old cage, since he is used to it, and in a few months introduce him or her to the new cage. This will help reduce the stress. It never hurts to have two cages. You can keep one at a babysitters or one in your family room or basement.

Get the parrot's new cage ready before you bring your bird home. It's nice to have it setup with all the toys, food, water bowls and perches ahead of time.



Place the cage in a location where your bird can be near the day and evening activities of your household, but allowed to have his own time if needed. He likes to see what is going on and feel like he or she is a part of the family.

For the first day or two let your parrot stay in his cage and explore his or her new home. Talk to him and show your interest in becoming good friends.

Start right away with a pattern (feed at the same time, play at the same time). Don't give your bird any more attention in the beginning than you are able to give him in the future. If you give too much attention now it may be hard to keep this level up later, and this could result in an unhappy bird.

Make sure you put some food in the cage that the bird is familiar with. It is okay to change the diet of a bird once she or he is used to their surroundings. Wait a month or two before making any changes. And remember that too many changes at once can cause unnecessary stress.

When you are playing with your bird, return him to his cage at regular intervals (e.g. hourly) to give him a chance to eat, drink and go to the bathroom. Give the bird some space as the bird may feel uncomfortable doing these things in front of you right away.

Watch for watery droppings. This is common when birds are put under stress. However this should stop within a day or two. If the droppings continue to be watery then contact your avian vet or your breeder, as it is possible that the bird may have an infection or undue stress.

The most important thing to remember is that it will take time for your new friend to settle into his or her new environment and keeping stress levels to a minimum will help a lot. This is an exciting time for both you and your parrot. Start out slow and steady and you will be rewarded in the future with a happier bird.

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