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Tips For Adopting A Rescued Bird

January is Adopt A Rescued Bird Month! If you’re considering bringing a new pet bird into your home, this is a great time to do so. Of course, adopting any animal is a huge commitment, and not something to take lightly. Read on as a Glendale, AZ vet offers some advice on adopting a rescued bird.

Pick Your Bird Before You Shop

Picking the right size cage, toys, and perches is very important. The last thing you want to do is buy a cage, only to find out that it’s too small for your feathered friend.

Start Small

If you’ve never had a bird before, you may want to start with one that’s smaller and easy to care for, like a budgie. Larger birds can be a handful. Rescued birds also may have behavioral issues, or they may be very frightened.

Do Breed Specific Research

Different types of birds have very different needs. A finch, for example, needs a cage that is more horizontal, while parrots need cages with vertical space. Do some research into Polly’s specific breed.

Be Ready To Birdproof

Polly will need daily time out of her cage. However, you’ll have to make your home safe for her first by doing some birdproofing. The average household is full of hazards that can endanger your little pet! Ask your vet for more information.

Don’t Expect Perfection

Birds can make wonderful pets, but they aren’t perfect. You may find that the parrot you adopted has a penchant for swearing, or screams loudly when he’s scared. Never yell at or punish Polly for misbehaving. Use gentle, positive techniques to correct bad petiquette.

Find A Good Vet

One of the first things you’ll want to do is find a vet that is experienced with treating our feathered friends. Polly will need a full exam. You’ll also want to get specific advice on her care regimen.

Let Love Grow

Going to a new home is a huge change for Polly. She’ll need time to adjust and settle in. Making sure she feels safe and comfortable in her cage is very important! Don’t try to handle your pet right away: just hang out near her cage, talk to her, and offer toys and treats.

Please reach out to us, your Glendale, AZ veterinary clinic, for all of your bird’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!

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