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Re: New Environment

Posted by barb on 10/03/05
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    On 10/03/05, Jude wrote:
    > After 14 years my beautiful white and sky blue
    > parakeet "salt" passed away - I cried for days. I got a
    > new one yesterday. It is petrified, and does not even move
    > around. I feel so bad for him (Romeo)any advice on how to
    > make him know it is going to be ok?
    *GIVE HIM TIME *******
    When you bring your new parakeet home, he may feel very
    nervous and frightened. Give him time to adapt to you and his
    new surroundings. Don't let him out for the first few days,
    until he becomes comfortable with you being near him, or it
    may be difficult to get near him if you want to get him back
    in the cage.
    For his first few days, don't try to reach into the cage to
    pet him or grab him- only to change his food and water, and
    do it quickly. Don't make loud noises or sudden movements
    around him. Do try to spend time around him throughout the
    day. Sit near the cage, talk to him softly, sing to him, and
    let him become used to your presence. "MAKE CONTACT"
    Once your parakeet has become familiar with you, you can
    begin opening the cage door a few times a day and putting
    your hand inside. At first he might fly around and cling to
    the sides, trying to get away from him. Show him you are not
    a threat by not chasing him around. Don't try to grab him or
    touch him; just put your hand in there, perhaps holding a
    treat such as some fruit, or a honey seed stick. Don't leave
    treats in the cage at first- feed him his seeds, but only
    offer treats from your own hands until you have formed a bond
    and he'll come to you without them.
    If the treat entices him, he may come close to your hand, or
    on it, in attempts to get it. If he grows bold enough to make
    this move, let him. If your bird is too shy to make the first
    move toward you, you can start moving toward him. After a few
    days of putting your hand in the cage, he should settle down
    and stop bouncing off the walls when your hand is there. Move
    your hand slowly toward him and extend a finger to him, and
    brush up against the lower part of his breast. Try to
    encourage him to perch on your finger telling to step up!
    When he does begin perching on your finger, you may want to
    present him with a little treat (if you haven't already). Let
    him sit there for a few minutes while talking to him sweetly.
    Do this several times a day. When he seems comfortable with
    perching on your finger, begin slowly bringing him out of the
    cage.
    THIS IS WHAT SOMEONE SENT ME WHEN I FIRST GOT MY PARAKEET AND
    IT HELPED GREATLY!!
    GOOD LUCK AND GOD BLESS
    BARB (PERCHES MOM) :)