January is Adopt a Rescued Bird Month! If you’ve been considering adopting a bird, this is a perfect time to do it. There are plenty of very sweet little fluff balls out there who desperately need loving homes. A local McHenry, IL veterinarian offers some advice on adopting a rescued bird in this article.
Things To Consider
Birds are all unique, and many of their traits vary drastically from breed to breed. For instance, some types of parrots can be very loud, while other birds barely make noise at all. However, Polly does need lots of care to thrive, so you’ll need to have time for her. You’ll also want to consider any other pets you have. If you have three cats, your home may not be the best place for a bird.
Choosing Your Bird
Rescue organizations often have quite a few birds available. If you’ve never had a bird before, we recommend choosing one that’s docile and easy to care for. (Budgies are a very popular choice.) Of course, if you’ve fallen in love with a swearing parrot that desperately needs a home, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t proceed. Just make sure you know what you’re getting into! Do lots of research, and expect a learning curve. No matter what kind of bird you pick, you’ll need a great avian vet, one who can advise you on your feathered buddy’s health and care needs. Keep in mind that many rescued birds are coming out of bad situations. Your new pet may have some behavioral and/or health issues, and may need extra care. Ask lots of questions, and spend time with Polly before deciding.
Helping Polly Adjust
Birds can form very strong bonds with their humans. However, that friendship doesn’t necessarily form overnight. Polly will need time to settle in and get used to her new surroundings. It may take your winged pal a while to feel safe, especially if she came from a bad situation. Don’t force attention on her, and definitely don’t try to grab her. Work on winning her trust. Just spending time with her and talking to her can go a long way here. Try to set things up so you have a comfy spot for reading or watching TV near her cage.
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