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How to Help Pet Birds Bond

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Do you want to socialize your new pet bird? Birds are social creatures that are used to being part of a flock. That's why they love hanging out with you!

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Do you want to socialize your new pet bird? Birds are social creatures that are used to being part of a flock. That's why they love hanging out with you!

Birds are social creatures that are used to being part of a flock. That's why most pet birds enjoy interacting with you and your family. Our tips for socializing your bird will help you develop mutual trust and strengthen your bond. Depending on the species, your pet bird will want to either bond with you or bond with a mate of the same species. Never house different species of birds together. If your bird's early-human interaction has been limited, he may need more time to adjust to being handled by you. Start by talking to your bird while he's in his habitat and use a soft, calm happy voice. If he's shy at first, speak to him from a distance, slowly moving closer to the habitat as he begins to feel more comfortable. This may take a few days or even weeks, follow your bird's lead, and don't try to rush this trust-building process. Build his trust by spending short periods of time with him. Increase to spending at least one hour each day interacting with him. You'll soon discover activities he likes. For example, you could train your bird to talk, take cues, or mimic whistles. Teach him to step on your finger or his perch and spend time playing games like fetch or peekaboo. You can also listen to music or watch TV together. When Introducing your bird to new people, act as his go-between. Let your bird observe visitors. Tell them to keep their noise level down and not to make quick movements. Keep the situation under control if kids are present so your bird doesn't get scared. If he enjoys sitting on your arm or hand, show him that other people are nice to be around. Although it can be done, socializing your pet bird with other pets in your home could cause him potential harm. Even a dog's bark or a cat's meow could be stressful for your bird. Keep his habitat in a dog or cat proof place where it can't be tipped over. Socializing your bird is an ongoing process, but one that will bring you and your feathered friend years of happiness. For more tips, seek advice from a veterinarian that specializes in birds.