Every January is "Adopt a Parrot Month," but in actuality, there is a need to rehome parrots every day. Thousands of parrots across the US need homes, many abandoned because of lack of knowledge of parrot needs. Some simply outlived their human companions.
are you ready for a parrot?
Parrots are social creatures that need and deserve special homes. Research parrots and their behavior thoroughly to decide whether a parrot is right for your home.
Read internet forums, message boards, articles, or books. Speak with several parrot parents and/or to an avian veterinarian.
Although parrots can be fussy about the humans they live with, parrots bond naturally in the wild, so they crave that closeness that bonding brings.
Most parrots need a lot of attention, as well as special care and habitat maintenance. An understanding of parrot behavior is vital to a successful relationship and understanding body language is key .
decided a parrot is right for you?
Congratulations! Make sure you have all the essentials you need so you're prepared when you bring your bird home.
Ask for a well-bird check from your avian veterinarian as soon as possible after you get your bird.
If you have other birds, keep the new bird as far from your other bird(s) as possible, preferably in a different building (or a different room with the door closed). Most avian veterinarians suggest a quarantine period of 30 to 90 days, since some illnesses do not become apparent for a month or more.
Once the quarantine period is over, you can have the new bird in the same room with your existing bird(s).
Initially, have birds in their own cages in the same room, which lets them get comfortable with each other while in their own territory.
When the birds are used to each other, a play gym is a great, neutral way to introduce bird-to-bird interaction.
note: Use caution with birds that are not similar in size, show jealously or aggression, or exhibit signs of stress. Step back and try again, but even more slowly. You will be able to tell by your birds' reactions when they are comfortable with each other.
Wait until the bird is comfortable in her surroundings and with the other birds, then introduce her slowly to other family members and pets of other species.
When you have everyone involved in calm, easy introductions, it will help your new parrot to be an active, happy part of your family.
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