As I've been reading through a lot of the new posts of new bird owners lately I saw one thing in common, "is my bird scared" I hope this information will help the newcomers who are unsure if thier bird is scared, or sick. I know when I was doing my research before I finally got my 1st bird. things like this helped me alot, If i wouldn't of read online one day that when a new bird comes home it normally doesn't move for a day or 2, i would of thought my bird was ill or something. So I hope these tips help out as much as they've helped me out.
When you bring home a new bird it will be very scared for a while (some times just a day or 2 other times longer), it won't always eat as soon as you bring it home, so it's a good idea to have millet beside where it is perching at the most. and it is always best to offer the same food it's been eating at it's previous "home" So if you can't see in the food dishes or don't see food dishes, or you are not sure what brand of food it is eating just by looking at it, Ask , if you see no food dishes at all just millet - still ask a lot of places feed the birds millet during operating hours, and give them their normal food after the store has closed.
Signs of a Scared/ Stressed bird (some of the more common signs)
Staying in one place for hours on end (even days)
shaking/trembling when you get close, or from a distance
not eating or drinking
frantically flying around the cage
It is best to put the food/water dishes by where the bird perches at the most.
Also you may think the bird you just got became tame in the few hours you have had it, because it steps up on your finger (sometimes it is - but if you got it from a pet shop that the people do not handle the birds - this is highly unlikely) it is actually scared stiff - Some birds fly off frantically and crash in to everything *, others will stand on your finger or hand but not move, and if you look closely you can see it is trembling (not always though) this is another sign of a scared bird.
your new bird will fly around your home frantically when out of the cage (or when it escapes from the carrying box while you are trying to put it in the cage)
A lot of people are against wing clipping I know this - but it is really in your birds best interest to get the wings clipped - they do grow back just like when we get a hair cut . You don't want them cut so short they can't even fly around once they're up on something high and take off and dive bomb to the ground - this will cause injury you want them to be able to glide and have a nice safe landing.
I've clipped all my birds wings, and none of them have ever been hurt with clipped wings, BUT when they haven't had clipped wings I've had one break a small piece of her cere off in the center from crashing into a covered window too many times, and I just recently had a baby budgie get his beak broken from crashing into a window when he was realeased from the cage for the very first time. (he is just about completly healed now and is fine)
Do not throw your at the bird - give the bird time to settle into his/her new envrioment
Start out slowly, by speaking to him/her from a distance, then gradually work up to sitting beside the cage, talking to him/her, Reading a book out loud, and once he/she seems comfortable enough with this routine, Slowly start putting your hand in the cage and just let it sit there, while you talk/ read
let the bird explore your hand, climb all over it, nibble on it, Do not touch the bird or move your hand while it is investing , this will scare it off.
Once your bird is compeltly comfortable with your hand in the cage and climbing on your hand, then you can slowly start to touch him/her while he's close to you, hold out one finger and see if he/she will hop on if so just sit there like that for a few moments Don't think "alright he's perching on my finger he's tame now" and go to yank your hand out of the cage this will scare him,
you have to be very very very patient with new birds. this is the key!
Another thing to do to get them used to your hands being in the cage and get used to you (keep in mind not all tips work because all birds are different what works for one may not work for another)
Talk to the bird before you put your hand in the cage to change the food/water/clean the cage, tell him/her what you are going to be doing, Also do this the entire time your hands on in the cage.
Also try your best to do things at the same time every day Birds love routine, So if you feed your bird today at say 9 A.M do it tomorrow at 9 A.M and the next day and so forth. I know there are times you won't be able to do it at the same time every day, But try your best.
if you're sceduale changes make sure you slowly change the birds schedule to coinside with your daily activities.
and again DO NOT RUSH traning/ bonding/TAMING - this only makes the bird more scared of you and in the long run defeats the entire purpose.
Remember : Patience is the key to a happy, Tame, trained bird!
I just started typing and it just all kinda flowed out I prob. could of put more but my mind was starting to wonder. So i thought before i got all the way off track. I'd end it while it still made sense