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Preparing Your Household

It is important to think through where your baby bird is going to spend a majority of its waking hours and where it will sleep. With a large bird that has a lot of beak power such as a macaw or large cockatoo, this becomes a very significant decision. Macaws and cockatoos like to be where they can interact with the members of the family on a regular basis and this is the ideal space for them to be in. They also need to be able to sleep 10 to 12 hours a night and need a quiet place to be at night. An ideal space would be one where they can't do significant damage with their beaks and yet can be part of their human flock's activities. All members of the household need to be involved in welcoming the baby parrot to its new home. A well-socialized parrot can be handled by more than one person and is a joy to be with. For that reason each person who is involved in the parrots' care needs to handle it on a daily basis. Setting up dependable playtimes that your baby can look forward to and feel secure about will prevent future behavioral problems such as over-dependency, excessive screaming or feather plucking. Parrots can be taught to play independently if they have a balance of nurturing, interactive attention (20 minutes to 1 hour once or twice a day) that they can count on.

Other Birds in the Household

If you have other birds in your household, they will need time to adjust to a new cage and a possible relocation of their own cage prior to bringing your baby home. Upon the baby bird's arrival, it is very important to recognize and maintain the hierarchy already established among your other birds. Birds are very sensitive to hierarchy and need reassurances that your new baby has not displaced them. Always feed and clean the older birds first and do not promote the dominance of your new baby over all the other birds.

Dogs and Cats

Usually dogs and cats that are well fed and well behaved, know their place in the family, and have a reliable routine tend to be very accepting of a new bird. If your animals hunt for food or just for fun, they may not adjust so well to a bird joining your household and your bird could very well be injured or worse, killed. Assessing your dog and/or cat's temperament is therefore essential and needs to be added into the equation.