Hi darwin I just brought home a parakeet and I was wondering what I should do with him on his first day to make him more comfortable with me! Any suggestions?
(I’M GOING TO IGNORE THE FACT THAT THIS IS PROBABLY A BUDGIE.)
It is always very important to give your new bird some space for a while so that he can adjust to his new home and environment. I recommend providing him with lots of toys and easily accessible food and water, and then not getting him out of his cage for around a week. During that week, talk softly to him, be around him a lot and make it a positive experience for him - don’t stick your fingers in the cage or startle him in any way, if you can help it. Make sure he gets plenty of sleep by covering him up when he looks like he’s ready to go to bed (generally 7-9 PM for a lot of birds) and uncovering him at a decent hour in the morning.
It’s very important to begin establishing a routine with your bird as soon as possible. Birds (and other pets) love routine! It makes us feel like we’re part of a working system, and it’s comfortable. Put your parakeet to bed at the same time every night and uncover him at the same time every morning. Make sure he gets lots of healthy treats (fresh fruits and veggies) daily, and remove anything from the environment that is unnecessarily stressing him out. You’ll learn to read your bird’s body language if you pay attention, which is a very valuable skill!
Good luck with your new buddy! Let us know how it goes.
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