The Ultimate New Bird Owners Handbook – Practical Parrot Care Guide
by Pet Qwerks Toys on April 30, 2020
For all pets, moving to a new home can be a very traumatic experience, but for pet birds, the experience is usually more traumatizing. However, if you carefully set up your new pet birds cage and environment properly, it will be much easier for your new bird to adjust to its new home.
Practical Parrot Care Guide
1. Cage Rules
The very first thing that you should before bringing your new pet bird home is to find the perfect location for its cage. Large parrot cages provide optimal living conditions for parrots of all sizes. Make sure that you do not place the cage in an area that does not have an overabundance of activity.
Although you want to make sure your new pet bird doesn’t feel like he is being neglected, you also do not want him to feel nervous because of all the bustle or feel too alone by putting him in some unused room by himself.
Try to find the ideal place within your home where he can still interact with you, but where there won’t be constant loud noises or lots of sudden movements that can
continually startle him.
2. Quarantine Rules
If you already have another pet bird, it would be best to quarantine him for at least thirty days. This is because you want to make sure that your new bird does not carry in infectious diseases that your current pet bird can catch.
When you quarantine your bird, it is best to keep him in a room in another part of your house. Make sure to keep both of your birds’ food and water dishes separate and do not interchange them even after washing.
If you have a house that has a central air conditioning system, you may have difficulty being able to ensure a true quarantine, as these kinds of air conditioning systems employ air duct systems that will carry air from one room to other rooms in the house.
3. Get a Check-Up
It is a good idea to take your new pet bird to an Avian Vet for a Well Bird Check-Up as soon as you can. The Avian Veterinarian will be able to make sure that your new bird is completely free of any visibly contagious diseases, worms or bacterial
This is even more important in cases where you have a hand-fed baby bird, the reason being is that if the bird wasn’t properly hand-fed, it is at a higher risk for having a bacterial infection.
4. Eating Habits
Keep an eye on your new bird’s eating habits during his initial adjustment period. If you notice that your bird doesn’t seem to be eating at all during the first 24 hours, you should try and offer him some spray millet.
If you just brought home a newly weaned baby bird and he is not eating and is also making various squeaking noises, it is possible your new baby bird has regressed a bit and will, therefore, need to be hand-fed.
After the first 24 hours have passed, you should try to interact with your new pet bird as often as you can. However, be careful not to overdo it and stress your bird out.
At first, you should only try to work with him for 10 minutes at a time and no more. If he continually flies away and you notice yourself having to chase and catch him, gently place him back in his cage for a while until he calms down.
Remember, that each time you chase and catch your bird it stresses him out, which is something that you do not want to do.
Parrot Training No-Nos!
Even though there are times that your parrot behaves in such a way that will make you angry, there are a few parrot rules to remember when responding:
- Never hit your parrot! Parrots are extremely fragile creatures and even the slightest bit of force will cause severe injury and possibly even death. Also, physically abusing a parrot can lead to psychological problems, and can promote more aggression and viciousness in your parrot.
- Never hold a grudge. Parrots are very intelligent and sensitive creatures. If you do have to show your disapproval with your parrot’s behavior, make sure the lesson is short and sweet. Prolonged negative attention can cause undue emotional stress for your parrot.
- Never compromise your parrot’s health. Punishing a bird by withholding its food is never the right way to deal with any behavior problem. Not only is that cruel, but it could also cause serious physical and emotional damage to your parrot.
Instead, it is best to respond properly to your parrot’s naughtiness. Therefore you should keep the following steps in mind:
- Use the ‘step up’ command and make your parrot step up onto your hand and hold him at eye level.
- Be as animated as possible. Parrots are quite capable of picking up on facial expressions and will quickly get the idea as long as your body language expresses your dislike for his actions.
- Be sure to speak softly and sternly. Try to use a tone of voice that is low and not too loud.
- Once you are finished, put your parrot back into his cage or perch for a time out. Wait a few minutes and then go back and interact playfully with him so that he will know that you are no longer upset with him and that he is now being a good bird.
Just like with humans, parrots are individuals, and some may catch on quicker than others might. Try not to become discouraged if your parrot’s behavior doesn’t start to change immediately.
Remember, that if you are consistent with your training methods, then your parrot will soon learn what is expected of him.
By just having patience, and showing your parrot lots of TLC, your parrot will be acting like an angel in no time.
Hey, I’m Amy and I’m in love with my Pets! I have a diverse variety, including 2 cats, 1 dog, 3 rabbits, 2 guinea pigs, a rat, and a beautiful macaw. I love writing about everything pet-related and spend as much time as I can sharing my personal experiences on my blog. UltimatePetHub.com