Happy New Year! Are you considering adopting a bird in 2022? January just happens to be Adopt A Rescued Bird Month, so this is a perfect time to bring Polly into your home. In this article from Arapahoe Animal Hospital, a Boulder, CO vet offers some advice on adopting a rescued bird.
Be Prepared To Commit
Adopting any pet is a lifelong commitment. Make sure that you’re prepared to care for Polly for the rest of her life. Keep in mind that some birds live a very, very long time. Check into your potential pet’s expected lifespan.
Give Polly Time
It can take birds a while to settle in and feel safe in a new environment. Give your pet plenty of time to adjust before you try to handle her. Don’t try to grab your bird. That may frighten Polly, and could make her wary of you. Slow and steady is the way to go.
Make Friends Slowly
Birds get very, very attached to their humans, but that special bond doesn’t grow overnight. If Polly was with her former owner for a long time, it will probably take her a while to learn to trust you. Don’t rush things! At first, just sit beside your new pet’s cage, and talk to her in a gentle, friendly tone.
This one is a must! Birds are curious, playful, and fragile, which can be a deadly combination. Play it safe, and address anything that could be dangerous. That includes small or sharp objects, ropes and cords, toxic plants, fans, and window coverings. Ask your vet for specific recommendations.
Do Breed Research
Polly’s breed will play a huge role in her specific care requirements. A finch and a parrot need different foods, cages, toys, and treats! Take some time to read about your winged pal’s specific breed. This is a good idea even for those who have already had pet birds. There’s always more to learn!
Find A Good Avian Vet
Unfortunately, rescued birds sometimes have health problems, often due to neglect or abuse. Even if Polly appears to be in good shape, it’s important to have her examined. This is also a great time to get some feedback on your feathered friend’s diet and care needs.
Do you have questions about bird care? Contact us here at Arapahoe Animal Hospital, your local Boulder, CO animal clinic, today!