By Father Don
There are certain basics that apply in nearly every situation. It is important not to give the bird too much attention when they first become a part of your family. This is especially important if the bird has a rough time of it recently. Dazed and confused by the move, the new surroundings, the new people, a change in diet and a new schedule, they need time to get their bearings. It is even worse if they do not have their original cage with them, no matter how bad that cage may have been. It is often a good idea to leave the cage door open and just go about your business as would normally without making a fuss. If they show any interest in you then respond to it but be careful not to move too fast.
There’s one other reason but you should avoid spending too much time with a new bird. A parrot will expect you to give them the same amount of time as when you first brought them into the home. Unfortunately, most people spend a large amount of time with the bird the first few weeks it is in their home and then begin going back to the daily routine of their lives. This leaves the bird feeling, at the very least, left out. This is not the beginning of a good relationship. Buildup to spending as much time with the bird and you plan to spend with that each day for the rest of its life. That being said, most birds require at least 2 hours of attention today and more time playing by themselves. If you can’t do that you shouldn’t have a bird. No one wants a biting, screaming companion; and no bird enjoys screaming and biting. We know normal bird behavior from biologists who have done fieldwork.
There are many aspects to bringing a new bird into your home. The two mentioned above: leaving the cage door open and giving them a proper amount of attention are important. It will save you much grief if you keep them in mind. Also be aware that each bird is a study of one and that you may need to modify some guidelines depending on the bird in your care. Be careful though and take action with care, the early days in your relationship are the foundation of the future.
Love and understanding are two tools best used when a new bird comes into your home. With those who your guide you cannot fail.