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Bird’s First Day Home

Expecting your new bird home?

So after putting a lot of thought and research to it, you have decided on your Perfect Match. And it’s time to bring your new feathered friend home.

 

Adding a New member to the family can be pretty exciting for us. However, to our pets, moving day is probably one of the most stressful days these animals have to go through. So, as a responsible companion, we should do our best to ease this transitional phase as much as we can to our beloved pets.
And making them feel at home, is a bit different when it comes to birds.

When dealing with cats and dogs, whose ancestors have been new Bird first day home_Petsoholictamed for millions of generations, is one thing. But with birds… It’s a whole different story. And chances of anxiety are even higher if the bird’s adopted or have been mistreated before.

These first few days with your bird are very important in establishing your relationship. And thus, we have to be prepared beforehand.

I. Preparations:

1. Bird Proof your home/ bird’s room:

I can’t stress enough how important it is to bird proof your home or your bird’s room. If you just try to google how much stories and accidents birds owners tell. You would know why this is extremely crucial for your birds safety.

Some plants are toxic to birds, so make sure you do your research and remove any toxic plants.

Make sure all windows are closed. And make sure to close your lovebirds-pettsoholic_Bird's first day homecurtains to avoid crashing accidents. Because birds brains cannot comprehend the concept of “Glass walls” on their own.

Make sure the stove, fans, air conditioners and any machine that could potentially harm your bird is off and far away from the bird’s room.

Don’t use any air fresheners, bugs sprays, perfumes, toxic fumes, or basically anything that could potentially harm our respiratory system as “humans” for even 1% around your birds.
Because, their respiratory systems are extremely sensitive, and many of these things could not just harm them, but may actually kill your birds.

Remove any Electrical wires, sharp objects, mirrors, and any other object that birds could chew on or crash into and harm themselves.

Remove any wooden item you care about. Birds, and more specifically parrots just love to chew things. And their favorite choice is always wood. So remove any wooden or basically any item that you really care for away from your birds, and make sure you place several chewing toys for them instead.

 

2. Preparing the Cage:

Assuming you have already done your research, chose your matching bird, and the proper cage size for him. Now the first thing you need to do is; to prepare the cage your bird is going to be settling in.
Buy the right food, perches, bird stand and toys for your bird’s specific breed, and have them ready inside the cage.

It’s important to; ask the previous owner or the bird’s shop about his diet. Because sudden changes could cause digestive problems and even more stress. However, you can always change up your bird’s diet slowly if you think his current diet is not very healthy for him.

 

 3. Cage Placement:

No matter what type of bird you’re bringing home, there are certain common rules to placing their cages.
Now where should you place the cage?

‣ Ideally, you should place the cage in a room where the family spends most of their time. However, if you have a toddler or another pet, then you should place the cage in a quieter room specially for the first few days until the bird is less anxious and starts to get to know and trust you enough. Then you can move the cage.

‣ Place the cage on a higher ground.
Birds are prey animals. So in the wild they tend to feel safer standing at the highest points of the trees, where no animals could reach them, and they can see everything. The closer they are to the ground, the more stressed and vulnerable they can feel. So place the cage at the highest place you can.

Place the cage against a wall.
At least one side of the cage should be leaning to a wall. This will automatically give the birds a less space to be examining for predators. Which will make them less stressful.

Don’t place the cage in the kitchen. Even though, this is a popular choice to many people. However, birds respiratory system is very sensitive and all the fumes from the stove, cooking and cleaning materials can be very harmful to your birds. Needless to say, the  number of dangerous things that are placed in there like; knives and other sharp objects.

Don’t place the cage in a balcony or outdoors, unless you are sitting there with them. Because again, parrots are  animals, and placing a cage in such places can attract a lot of predators like hawks, eagles, cats and so many others. And the bird being in a cage, cannot defend himself or even fly away, will probably be eaten.

II. Settling in:

It’s important to Remember that, Birds are prey animals. And the way you approach your bird will decide whether he should see you as an enemy, or a flock member.

1. The Ride Home:

As humans, our first instinct to comfort things is to interact and talk to them.

Don’t talk to your bird on the ride home. Warning on Google Android 8.0

After meeting your bird for the first time, place him in his travel cage, get him in your car and drive home.
Don’t talk to him on the ride home, and don’t try to calm him down with your voice, or to tell him how excited you are to take him home.

I know you’re probably gonna wanna talk to your bird, but It’s very important to remember again how much he is traumatized right now.And this will probably be the first time he’s hearing your voice.
So, don’t let their brain link your voice to stressful emotion, and later on, every-time he hear your voice, his brain will give him the same signals it gave him under stress.

You always want to create positive mind links between you and your bird.

Personally, when I bring home a new bird, I like turning on some soft soothing music in a very low volume, close the windows, and drive home.

 

2. Arriving Home:

It’s very important to avoid any enthusiastic, loud voices and sudden movements with or around the bird when he arrives home.

Place him in his new cage, and try not to hold him if possible. Just open the travel cage door in-front of his main cage, and let him fly in on his own.
It’s very important from the first day, to let your bird know that he is not going to be forced into anything.

‣ Don’t try to hold him as soon as you come home, or place your fingers through his cage.
I know how much you will want to hold your bird, and give him lots and lots of kisses… And you will get there, just not yet.

‣ Talk to him in soothing calm voice, sing and read to him. Let him hear and learn your voice and let him see you.
Allow him to get to know you from a distance, and slowly move closer and closer as your relationship evolves.
Respect your bird’s boundaries so you don’t break the circle of trust between you.

‣ Moreover, sometimes a bird will refuse to eat on his/her first day because they’re very nervous. But that’s okay. So don’t panic, Just comfort him, give him some space and let him settle in.

 

Interacting with the bird – The First couple of days:

For the next few day, let him see you going about, talk to him, and talk in-front of him. Yet,  give him some space to see you and your family.

NEVER approach your bird from behind, or take him by surprise. But rather, approach him from the front and don’t look directly into his/her eyes.

At this point, the bird is getting to know you and understand your routines and behaviors, just as you are getting to know his. So open his cage door, and just go about with your life.

Change his food and water regularly while talking to him in  a calm voice and observing his body language.

The Most Important thing in any relationship is trust. Gain your Bird’s trust, and you get a long, happy life with an amazing, and affectionate Companion…

However, depending on your bird’s personality and the bird’s breed, let him go by his own pace, and your relationship with him will evolve one day at a time.

 

Never take it personally

Birds are very smart and moody. And it’s totally normal to have a certain progress with your birds, but then someone makes a mistake, and tomorrow his back to stage 1 in your relationship.
So just give it time, depending on where he came from, how he was treated before and some other genetic details…

Some birds would take a few days to tame, while other may take up to a year or more. Just be patient and give them a lot of your time, and lots and lots of unconditional love. 

 

If you found this article helpful, You May Also like:

Most Popular Parrot Breeds
Budgies Care 101
Cockatiels Care 101
11 Things to consider before choosing your first pet

 

Hope you found that useful.. I’ll See you next time ✌️

14 replies on “Bird’s First Day Home”

So, the second day pf getting my parakeet. I got him last night. Je has bee. Covered up ever since. Do I uncover it?? A little or all the way. Last night i peeked and he was frozen on his perch i read that was a sign of stress. I also read that they need plenty of sun and I dont want to deprive him of that… what do i do?

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Hi Dorothy, Hope you’re doing well…
Well first of all congratulations on your new feathered friend.. Hope you enjoy an amazing life together.. 🙂
And regarding your question, Of course you should remove the cover immediately… And yes let him enjoy the sunlight…
Birds cage should only be covered at sleep time if they don’t have a room of their own where you can close the lights off… keeping him covered all the time may even do the opposite and actually stress him out more…

It’s normal for your new bird to be scared… try to make him more relaxed by placing the cage as I mentioned in the article in a safe spot, as high in the room as you can because birds feel safer at higher places and have one of the sides of the cage against a wall. And don’t put your fingers in the cage and don’t try to hold him or anything like that, just give him some space and let him get used to the new environment. You can sit near the cage and let him observe you and hear your voice. And when you approach the cage be very gentle and change his food and water while talking to him… and use the tips I wrote in the article, he will get more comfortable by time… and the more you interact with him the more he will learn to trust you…
Hope that was helpful and if you have any more questions please let me know..

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Thanks for this article, I brought home my new brown head parrot.
Your article as given me the first orientation about birds.

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Hi..
Well Birds take time to get used to their new environment, and depending on whether they were hand tamed or not also plays a huge role in how fast they can get used to their new companion. However, what you can do to help them get a little bit calmer is to simple give them their space, while letting them see you and observe you. so you can sit near the cage, talk to them without looking in their eyes. Let them see you change their food and water. And if they are more used to people then you can also start opening the cage for them (but never forcing them either in or out). Put variety of foods so they can choose from.
Don’t put your fingers inside the cage… and day by day they will start being calmer and the more you interact with them the more they will start trusting you… and Depending on your bird’s personality will determine how much progress you can do with your birds in a short time..

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Hi..
You should really go check her out at the vet and immediately separate her from the rest of your birds in case she has something contagious… hope she’s doing better 🙏

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Hi we’re expecting our four month Quaker next week we have got his new cage ready and waiting for him.Hes hand tame so do we leave him alone no touching him but sitting talking to him quietly if he seems settled the next day should I just open his cage to see if he wants to explore or should I make sure he comes to me for a few days before giving him this opinion.
Thank you for your times

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Hi… Sorry for the late reply… please send me your questions on my Instagram or Facebook accounts for faster reply…
And yesss definitely open the door, but in a closed room to make sure he doesn’t hurt himself to explore for the first time… Always follow your birds instinct… :))

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Thanks! I made the mistake to talk to him, and to hold him to put him in his cage :/ I just hope he can trust me… I’m worried also because he didn’t eat yet, and I know he’s hungry :/
But he already preened, and grinded hia beak for a while… I trust he’s feeling comfy (not totally, but at least he calmed down)…
Thanks again! I’m keeping this article in my favourites bar!

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