a new bird has just come home

worrierqueenie

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hello,

I've just got back with my caique and put her into her cage. She went in quite easily. I've put the cover on, leaving the front panel raised but put it so that it hides a couple of perches out of sight. She has water & the food that the breeder has been feeding her - seeds and some fruit, which I know will need to be changed to be more nutritious.
It also said not to make eye contact either.

She's making some little noise, almost whistles, and it is very hard not to react to them. It also seems a bit hard not to make some eye contact ocassionally but if it's the best thing for her then I'll not do so.

Could anyone add any advice to this?

I'll be asking a lot of questions so I hope that you won't get fed up with me :)
 

Wendy Cooper-Wolfe

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Hello and welcome, you must be really excited to have your new friend home. I am not one of the experienced members here and there are many others will l am sure will soon advise more but it sounds as though you are taking things gently and not stressing her. Little whistles are great and she will appreciate you talking gently to her to reassure her.
You can search forums on this site and hopefully find some information but we are a patient bunch and happy to answer questions. 😀
What is her name? I hope we hear more about her soon, and when you feel she will be OK with it would liked to see some photos.
 

worrierqueenie

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Hello and welcome, you must be really excited to have your new friend home. I am not one of the experienced members here and there are many others will l am sure will soon advise more but it sounds as though you are taking things gently and not stressing her. Little whistles are great and she will appreciate you talking gently to her to reassure her.
You can search forums on this site and hopefully find some information but we are a patient bunch and happy to answer questions. 😀
What is her name? I hope we hear more about her soon, and when you feel she will be OK with it would liked to see some photos.
thank you.

I still haven't decided on a name & when I told the breeder we'd arrived safely he said he thought that it's a he!!! when I thought it would be a she.
I'm a bit confused but hopefully he isn't :D

I'm talking quietly and he's responding. I did think it wasn't the best thing to do to not look at him or speak to him - it would drive me nuts, so that's why I asked.

I'm going to keep him quiet for a couple of days and then take it from there.
 

Michael Reynolds

Regular Member
Its good to glance at your bird and say its name and quietly talk, but you should not stare or shout just sit near her and read a book out aloud, try not to make sudden moves and always try to keep your hands lower than your bird.. leaving the bird with no interaction at all will not make your bird fill more secure and also will not help to get to know his new home or yourself. you need to observe that she is eating and drinking, No bird likes to be ignored but also needs to fill safe and secure
 

Roz

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Regular Member
Just wondering why you can’t make eye contact with her? Is she not used to humans? Reinforce the behaviours you want to see more of. If you want her to whistle answer her. Personally I’d be answering her. I think do what comes naturally to you. 😊 Bet you are going to be an excellent birdie mum!

Agree about keeping the food exactly the same as she has been used to short term so there aren’t too many immediate changes.
 

worrierqueenie

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Just wondering why you can’t make eye contact with her? Is she not used to humans? Reinforce the behaviours you want to see more of. If you want her to whistle answer her. Personally I’d be answering her. I think do what comes naturally to you. 😊 Bet you are going to be an excellent birdie mum!

Agree about keeping the food exactly the same as she has been used to short term so there aren’t too many immediate changes.
It was a video I saw and the person, who runs an animal rescue sanctuary, said this was the best way to help them settle in. I wasn't sure about this - I thought it was extreme - so that's why I asked. When I read Wendy'd post I started to talk and try to whistle :D It made sense to me so thank you for reassuring me about that.
Going to try my best to be a good mum - reading and asking lots of questions with some worrying from time to time.
 

worrierqueenie

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As mentioned I would also talk to her and sometimes whistle back, otherwise she will feel completely isolated.
Thank you - I thought that it wasn't the best thing but I wanted to make sure about it. I'm a first time parrot owner so I want to do the best I can for him. (The breeder just told me it was a he when I thought it was a she.)
 

Roz

Elected Forum Trainer
Regular Member
Avoiding direct eye contact can certainly help a fearful or aggressive bird settle in. If this bird is already used to humans eye contact shouldn’t be a problem. An unblinking stare is not a good idea as that’s what predators do when stalking their prey. But normal eye contact shouldn’t be a problem. Take your cue from the bird. If eye contact sends him hiding behind a toy or breathing more heavily then drop your gaze.

He will probably be quiet and still as he is in a new cage, new surroundings with new people. Bear in mind that he may also be grieving the loss of his old flock. A bird who has lost its flock is in a dangerous position in the wild. He’ll do his best not to draw attention to himself. Some birds recover quicker than others. Just show him kindness, speak softly and move slowly and predictably so that he realises you are safe. Try to keep his routine the same every day to begin with. Routines make a bird feel safe as they know what to expect.

It’s great you are doing as much research as possible!
 
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