Did you know that January is Adopt A Rescued Bird Month? Are you thinking about getting a little feathered buddy? If so, that’s great! Read on as a local Scottsdale, AZ vet offers tips on helping Polly settle in.

Getting Ready

Before you bring your new pet home, make sure you have everything ready for her. Getting a big, comfy cage is very important. The cage will be your biggest investment, so it’s definitely something to splurge on. Different kinds of birds need different types of cages. For instance, finches need more horizontal space, as they tend to fly across their cages instead of climbing up them. Ask your vet for specific recommendations.

Adjustment Time

If your cute pet has had bad experiences in the past, it may take time for you to gain her trust. Your winged pal may also need to recuperate from the stress of being in a strange environment. When you first bring Polly home, give her a few days to adjust to her new surroundings before handling her. You can offer your pet toys and treats, but don’t force her to interact with you. Building trust is more important for now.


It may be tempting to want to hold your adorable pet, but be very careful handling her. Never reach into her cage and grab your pet: this can be very scary for a little bird, and may make your winged pal afraid of you. If you reach your hand into the cage, move slowly, talk to Polly in a soothing tone, and encourage her to hop onto your finger.

Letting Polly Get Used To You

As your bird is adjusting, you want her to think of you as a friendly, non-threatening presence. Talk to your pet in a quiet tone, and offer her fresh food, toys, and water. You can also let Polly get used to you just by spending time near her cage, perhaps reading or watching TV.

Veterinary Care

One of the first things you’ll want to do is schedule a veterinary appointment. You’ll want to get an idea of your pet’s health, and address any medical issues Polly may be facing. This is also a great time to get advice on your bird’s diet and care needs.

Do you have questions about your bird’s health or care? Contact us, your Scottsdale, AZ animal hospital, today!