Treatment Type: Lifestyle Practices
Rated for: Budgerigar
Mandeville, Louisiana, United States
Posted Jan. 20, 2019
Since I have adopted several older or rescue birds over the years, I maybe take stress reduction for granted. Calming the bird, letting the bird have a look around the place, etc. is a pretty natural process. The vet check and the actual travel to the new home may seem quite stressful to the bird, but I follow up with 30 days of "quarantine." This gives you the opportunity to observe and work with your new bird one on one, as well as allowing additional time for any health problems to crop up. The quarantine area should be a quiet, uncluttered area where you can work with your bird, or, at times, maybe just work on other things or read a book while the bird observes you from nearby. Don't force yourself on the newcomer. Keep the active training sessions short, a few minutes at a time, and let a lot of the time just be hanging out. It goes a long way toward getting the new relationship off to a good start.