- Jul 16, 2020
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INTRODUCING A NEW BIRD INTO THE FLOCK
Getting more birds seems like it will be an enjoyable experience. Nevertheless, you need to follow proper guidelines before doing so. After all, simply throwing the new bird into the existing flock’s case can get it killed instantly. Older birds might not accept her, or they may just ignore her.
At the same time, when getting a new pet bird, take her to a vet for a check-up. This will ensure that she is healthy and doesn’t pose a risk to your birds at home.
In this article, I will educate you on how to introduce your existing birds to a new one so that they accept one another and possibly mate.
Introduce them Gradually
If you expect your birds to mingle instantly, you should understand that such a thing is impossible. It would help if you did it very gradually. Put the new bird in a separate cage in the same room as the other older birds with all essentials. The essentials will include things like water, food, and toys.
This allows your previous birds to get used to the new member without any dangers. Eventually, the birds will start forming a bond with one another.
Put the Cages Near to One Another
In the next stage, you need to put both cages near one another or right next to one another. Notice if the birds are welcoming each other or feel annoyed to be close. In case the birds do not feel comfortable near one another, keep the cages at a distance again.
Major signs of stress and annoyance in birds include picking feathers, loud vocalizing, the aggressive flapping of wings, squawking, and pecking. If you notice any other unusual behavior, separate the birds.
Change the Room
If your birds are not mingling at all, the room might be the problem. Therefore, you need to switch your birds’ rooms and see if both the birds mingle. However, please do it for a brief time and keep an eye on both the birds. If they start mingling, then you can place them in the same case. However, if they still act out, you will have to put them in separate rooms.
Make the Birds play with a Common Toy or in the Same Place
Letting your birds out the cage seems like the best option in case your birds are not mingling. First, decide which bird is calmer. Then, let her out first so she can play with the toy. Later, when she gets comfortable, let the other bird out and see if they start mingling with others. Let it happen naturally. Do not try to force the situation on either bird.
Stay at the Place you are introducing your Birds at
You need to be there with your birds at the time both birds are meeting one another as it can induce stress in the birds. It can happen even if the birds are in different cages.
It would help if you tried to get your birds to know one another. Therefore, making your birds stay in one cage for a little while will help them establish a connection. Therefore, you should place the new bird in the old flock’s cage for a little while.
When the new bird is in an older birds’ cage, make sure you are there to keep an eye on any conflicts. Keep eyes on events like birds squawking, biting, screaming, the birds pulling and tugging on their feathers and skin. When you see such behavior, remove both the new bird from the cage.
All birds have different temperaments and personalities. If your birds don’t develop a friendly relationship, you cannot force it. You need to mind your bird’s decisions and not force the relationship on them.
The new or older birds might have something different in their behaviors, which they both cannot tolerate. The behavior might be triggering and not noticeable to you. In this case, and you need to place the birds in different cages and respect their wishes. You can get a new bird to introduce it to the flock.
Introducing your older birds to the new ones can seem daunting. However, you need to be calm through the process, as after some time, the birds will get used to one another and be friends.