Have you been considering getting a pet bird? If so, you may want to think about giving a rescued bird a second chance at happiness and a new forever home. Since January is Adopt A Rescued Bird month, this would be a great time to do it. Here, a Scottsdale, AZ vet discusses adopting a new feathered pal.

Finding Adoptable Birds

There are actually quite a few places where you can find local birds that are available for adoption. Your animal shelter is a good place to start. You can also try various online marketplaces.

Things To Consider

Adopting a bird is a lifetime commitment, so it’s important to think things through first. If Polly has come from a situation where she was neglected, she may be wary, and could have some bad habits. Make sure you have the time and patience to help your pet overcome any anxiety or behavioral issues she has. Also, do some research on your winged friend’s breed. Caring for a Macaw is very different from caring for a finch!

Getting Ready

Before you bring your new pet home, you’ll need to go shopping. First and foremost, your bird will need a great cage. Different types of birds have different cage type and size requirements, so don’t go shopping before you know for sure what kind of bird you’re getting. Polly will also need toys, perches, and dishes. Set the cage up in a quiet corner where she can see and hear you without feeling too exposed. Next, you’ll need to do some birdproofing. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Settling In

Birds are very emotional, and can be very distraught by major changes, such as getting a new owner. Your new pet will need time to get used to you. One way to help Polly get settled in is to simply spend time near her cage. Pull up a comfy chair and make that your spot for reading or watching television. Never try to grab your bird: this can be really scary for our feathered pals! If you have to reach into her cage, be slow and gentle. See if she will hop onto your finger. Talking softly to your winged friend and offering her toys and treats will help her feel safe.

Do you have questions about bird care? Contact us, your Scottsdale, AZ vet clinic, today!