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Welcome Home Bird

Eight tips to help your new bird feel at home

By Chris Davis

African grey parrot, bird adoption, bird rescue, bird behavior
When you adopt a bird, take into consideration that it may, at first, be confused and frightened in its new home. Courtesy Daniella Slanina, CA

These simple hints will help your adoptee feel comfortable in its new home:

1. Your new companion bird will be confused, frightened and probably sad to leave its old home. This is normal. Respect your bird’s feelings and be loving, compassionate and patient.

2. Explain to your new bird that it is now living with you and that you want it to be happy in its new home. Talk clearly and slowly, while making eye contact. Keep hand and body motions small and close to keep from frightening the bird.

3. If there is a pre-existing bird, gradually make the proper arrangements and introductions.

4. Place the new bird’s cage out of the path of heavy traffic but where it can watch household activities.

5. Offer familiar healthy foods and toys, in addition to those you plan to convert your new bird to, if they are different. 

6. Initially, keep the bird’s schedule and habits, such as covering its cage at night, etc., close to its original ones, making changes slowly and over a period of time.

7. Chat with your new bird frequently, explaining activities and objects as you go along.

8. Love your new bird for what it is, and not for what you want it to be

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Great article
valerie, glen oaks, NY
Posted: 5/2/2011 9:23:49 PM
What a great article. I love #8.
JoJo, Cedar Falls, IA
Posted: 12/15/2008 6:09:19 PM
I think this article pretty much says it all. I just got a white eyed conure and he is taking awhile to get used to the new enviornment but I am not rushing him. I give him oranges like he always loved and I leave his door open for awhile incase he wants to go on an adventure to spread his wings
Lyndon, Newark, NJ
Posted: 3/24/2008 10:25:55 PM
I think it is great you are telling the readers to
explain the new home situation to the bird-did not think they could understand but we aquired a m2 for
xmas from a great grandmother who could no longer care for it. I think telling the bird we loved it and would give it a forever home helped it a-just quickly. Never would have believed speaking to a bird would have such an affect but it does help.
holly, spfld, MA
Posted: 3/21/2008 4:14:37 PM
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