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New Bird At Home


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Your New Bird At Home

 

Owning a pet bird is a many year commitment. In some cases it is a longer amount of time than raising a child. Please review the below information before bringing your new parrotlet home. We also recommend reading our Parrotlet information page and doing internet searches on your computer for bird care. The internet is full of great care instructions. Remember that your new family member will be naturally shy and scared at first. Even handfed babies are naturally hand shy after being shipped to a new home. As soon as you get home with your baby bird you will want to open the shipping box - slowly- in a private room with little to no noise. You will have to catch the baby in order to remove it from the shipping box in most cases. Gently move the baby into its new playpen or cage. Watch the baby very closely for the first day to make sure it finds the food and water.

PLEASE READ THIS WHOLE PAGE - IT COULD SAVE YOUR BIRDS LIFE

 
* Remember to re-read your new bird guarantee on the day of arrival as some items are on time schedules.
 
The International Parrotlet Society's
Recommended Minimum Standards For Care of Parrotlets   ( Also a good guide for Budgies, Linnies and Cockatiels )
(Read the flyer provided by the Parrotlet Society for care Info)
 
* Feed your bird a healthy, varied diet on a daily basis including pellets, vegetables, beans, grains, fruits, seeds and nuts.
* Clean water should always be available. Change water at least once daily.
* Learn what foods should be avoided such as salt, sugar, chocolate, avocados and alcohol.
* Secure the services of a veterinarian certified in or experienced with avian clients.
* A well-bird examination and annual check ups are highly recommended.
* Quarantine any new bird(s) coming into your home for at least 45 days if another bird(s) is already present.
* Have nails, beaks and flight feathers trimmed when needed.
* Keep your bird away from smoke, toxic plants and fumes.
* Give your bird exercise opportunities and time out of its cage daily.
* Never leave birds unsupervised with children or other pets.
* Never take your birds outside unless they are in a cage. Even a small bird with clipped wings can still fly.
* When traveling with your bird in a car, always make sure the seatbelt is securely fastened around the cage.
* Provide a cage large enough to contain many toys and perches to allow your bird ample room to exercise. A recommended MINIMUM is 18" wide x 18" deep x 24" high. Maximum bar spacing is 1/2". (small birds) Larger birds and have larger cages.
* Provide enrichment items and rotate them on a regular basis to alleviate boredom. Also, check them often to make sure they are not damaged and are safe.
* Clean cage, perches and toys regularly and change cage papers daily. Food and water dishes should also be cleaned daily.
 
Let Your Bird Rest
When you first bring your bird home and put him in his new cage he will be afraid and timid about his new surroundings. Give him plenty of time by himself to get familiar with his cage. He/she may be too shy to eat with you, your family, your neighbors, your other pets walking up and staring at him/her in the cage. THE FIRST DAY HOME, LET HIM REST & EAT IN PEACE AND QUIET! Be sure that he finds his food and water. Start giving him attention AFTER you notice his food has been disturbed and is he/she is eating.
 
DO NOT CHANGE DIET RIGHT AWAY!
Your new bird should initially be fed a healthy cockatiel diet with pellets, or a budgie diet for the budgies. If you decide to change the diet, do it gradually! Young birds have been known to starve to death because their diet was switched overnight and they did not eat the new food. Have plenty of millet available. If he doesn't explore the cage to find his food, put the millet and water close to where he perches most. If he becomes fluffed up and not eating, contact your avian vet immediately.
FOOD: In order to assure that all of my customers will have access to the same kind of seed (food) I am currently weaning all of my babies onto Wild Harvest Cockatiel Mix or Budgie Mix. This seed is available at all Wal-Mart Stores. If possible pick up a bag of the advanced nutrition Wild Harvest. If not available the standard mix will be ok to start. Also pick up a small bottle of liquid bird vitamins made by 8 in 1. This is also available at Wal-Mart in the bird department. Follow the instructions and call or email me with any questions you may have.  Contact Page or phone 727-493-4816
 
Bird Toys
Birds love to play and should be given a lot of toys. Things that move such as swings and hanging toys are favorites. They also like things made from natural materials such as wood, leather and raw hide. Birds can be taught to stay on playpens and baskets. This will allow your pet more freedom as well as more time with you as he is more mobile and easy to move around.
 
A Birds Time Out of Cage
The next few days, only take him out to play with him for about 15 minutes at a time. Let him settle into his new home. Then make sure to give your new bird time out of its cage daily. He is depending on you to be his companion for his entire lifetime. Play with, provide toys and exercise outlets, share affection with your feathered friend daily. Pet birds require one on one time with their owners. It doesn't have to be a long period of time but it must be consistent. If you are gone all day, take a minute for a little play time before you leave. When you get home they'll be happy to see you and content to sit on your shoulder to watch TV or work on your computer.
 
Warm Temperature
Your baby is used to cuddling up against his siblings at night. Make sure his cage is placed in a warm area and cover him at night. Do not expose him to drafts.
 
Molting is Natural
Most small birds have their first molt at about 4 to 5 months of age. This is a stressful time. He might be a little irritable and look a bit ragged in appearance. Be patient with your new pet. He will probably like being misted with warm water more often at this time.
 
Biting or Nipping Phase
Sometimes young birds go through a nippy phase. To deter this behavior, say NO firmly. Never physically punish your bird. Your bird will enjoy sitting on your shoulder and having the back of his neck rubbed. He will become your best friend. Be patient during the training process.
 
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VERY IMPORTANT INFORMATION
A few examples of what can be dangerous or even cause sudden death
 

 Please take the time to read this list - it may take you 10 or 15 minuets to go over it completely. But it will be worth your time. It is a good idea to share this information with anyone you know who has a bird. This is just a small list of a few things to be on the lookout for. I know it is hard sometimes to believe that some of the simple things listed below can cause the death of a bird, But it does happen. Please be aware of everything.
 

Sudden unexplained death can be caused from any of the things listed below.

 
Carpet Cleaners:
A man cleans his carpet and the fumes kill his bird and his cat.
 
Self-Cleaning Ovens:  & Oven Spray On Cleaners
A Silent Killer of Birds - Heat Generated PTFE Fumes
 
Non-Stick Cooking Pans:  Teflon
 (even when not over-heated, still dangerous)
It has been reported that overheated oil on the stovetop can be as lethal to birds as overheated teflon.
 
Electric Heaters:
Small Electric Heaters - Some small electric heaters put off a fume that can kill your birds. When the heating elements get hot they release a chemical fume. Be careful of this if you use small heaters in the winter time.
 
Bug Spray - Flea Spray:
Birds are very sensitive to fumes. If you have recently had your home sprayed or fogged for bugs or even if you are using flea spray on your dog or cat keep your birds away or in an untreated area for two weeks.
 
Dehydration:
Being introduced to a new home can be stressful to a bird. They sometimes stop drinking water. A bird may survive a couple of days with little or no food - However it can not survive much more than 24 hours without water. Make sure you visually see your bird drinking. If you are not sure or have not seen your bird take a drink of water you will want to show him where the water dish is. Get your fingers wet and wipe his beak, put his foot in the water or even take an eye dropper and put a drop or two in his mouth. If your bird is eating that does not mean it is drinking - Make sure to watch it closely for the first day or two and give it water by hand if necessary if you don't see it drinking after 6 to 12 hours.
 
Cage Death - Night Frights:
Leave a light on at night. Birds do not see well in the night. If they are in a new home and something scares them it can cause sudden death. The birds sometimes break their necks or bones when trying to get away in the dark. This is something to take very seriously. Leave a light on for the bird. This is one of the top 3 over night sudden death issues with pet birds in a new home.
 
Household Cleaning Agents:
Many common disinfectants and household cleaning agents release fumes that can be toxic and cause sudden death to birds. Chlorine bleach, phenols and ammonia can all have dangerous vapors that can cause irritation, toxicosis and even sudden death in pet birds. Common household aerosol products, such as perfume, deodorant and hairspray, can cause respiratory problems in birds or if in close proximity or direct exposure even sudden death. Cleaning products such as carpet cleaners or carpet fresheners, upholstery cleaners or air fresheners, or any similar cleaning product can be quite deadly to your bird. Remember, lung damage from a toxic substance can be instantaneous and is irreversible!
 
Electric Air Fresheners & Candles:
Some electric air fresheners such as glade plug-in can be dangerous or even cause sudden death with birds. Also some candles can cause sudden death. Make sure everything is bird and pet safe or don't use it. If you are not sure about something look it up on the internet.
 
Toxic Foods or Plants:
There are many foods which can be very toxic to our birds. Chocolate, metabolite theobromide, is very toxic to both animals and birds. If you are not sure about something look it up on the internet to be safe.
 
Cold or Heat Exposure:
 Although our exotic birds live naturally in warm, tropical climates, they cannot tolerate excessive cold or heat suddenly. Many birds can tolerate summer heat or winter cold but it has to be accumulated slowly over a period of weeks or months. Any drastic temperature changes can cause sickness or death.
 
NOTE:
Any product that states it is "safe" for animals, does NOT mean it is necessarily safe for birds. Birds are very different from dogs and cats.
 
 

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