transferring to new owner

A friend of mine passed away and her sister wants me to take the amazon parrot. Im worried about how the bird will take it

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Oct 10, 2009
by: Linda

This is a very stressful time for all concerned and for the parrot it is extremely stressful and downright frightening!

Find out what bird has been eating, get his cage and ALL his toys, food and water dishes and find out as much as you can about what he was eating and little quirks he may have.Get as much information as you can about his history so you can take this to Avian vet when you take him in.

If bird has been eating an all seed diet, he will need to be changed over to a high quality pellet like Harrison's makes. Tracie carries the Harrisons out here, and your bird will eat the Lifetime Course Grind which comes in two types, Regular and Pepper Lifetime. They also make a Birdy Bread Mix that will help with the transition which will take some time, so do not get in a hurry with changes. You can go ahead and feed him what he is used to for a while and then start the change AFTER he has adjusted to his new home. Parrots go through a grieving process very similar to humans, and he will not be himself again until this period has passed. He will be afraid and missing his Mom, and he will not be as friendly as he will be later. You will need to take him in understanding that he just lost his Mom, and let him know he is safe and loved. Keep his cage clean, allow him to come out when you are there, and allow him some space to grieve and get used to you and your home. He is small, and you are large, and he will go through all the stages of grief. First is denial, and he's probably already through with that one. The next one is ANGER, and YOU AND YOUR FAMILY MAY BE A VERY LIKELY TARGET FOR THIS ANGER. He feels abandoned by his other family, and you will have to earn his trust. If you do not know much about birds, get busy learning everything you can about them. There is a wealth of information on the internet, and Tracie has books out here that are informative. YOU WILL NEED TO BE PATIENT WITH HIM, AND GIVE HIM A SAFE, CLEAN AND HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT IN WHICH TO LIVE AND GROW.

FIRST THING IS TO TAKE HIM TO AN AVIAN VET TO HAVE HIM CHECKED OUT TO MAKE SURE HE HAS NO HEALTH ISSUES. A sick bird will not eat, will not play and will not feel good. So, please find an Avian vet in your driving area and have him checked out complete with some bloodwork.

Keep us posted and feel free to write again as we are here to support each other in taking the best care of our birds. I have two Amazons, and love them dearly. You will grow attached to your new family member too, and he has the mental and emotional development of roughly a 4-5 year old child, and that may help you a great deal in learning to enjoy him. Be kind at all times, and also be firm in what he can and cannot do. If any behavioral problems arise, there are training materials out here to look into.

Many Blessings to You and Your Family,

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