The following info is intended for my customers so that they may know what to expect when their babies come home.
We have raised your baby to be comfortable with people. They recognize people as safe and nurturing. Please know that when they go home to you they are taken away from their siblings, friends, and me. Most babies handle this very well. The first night can be a little unsettling to them, but after a good nights rest they seem to forget their life with us very quickly. Just be aware that their first night will be unsettling to them. You will see that they have some trouble settling in for the night. They will call for their siblings and me, and they will keep moving from one area of the cage to the other looking for us. Just talk to your baby reasurringly and let them know everything will be ok. Babies know that they can trust us humans because I have been gentle and comforting to them. You will be the only human they see in their new home and they will look to you for their comfort on this first night. This is the perfect time to start bonding with your baby. They have no one else to turn to, so they will quickly start bonding with you.
If your baby comes home to you on a Delta Flight he may be a little stressed from the flight and being carried around from the airplane to the pick up location. I usually suggest using the drive home from the airport to help get your bird used to the sound of your voice. You can talk to your baby while you drive and scratch their heads through the carrier door. This will get them used to you and they will realize they can trust you. Once you get home I suggest you take things slowly and remain as calm as possible. Open the carrier door and let your baby see you and with a little gentle persuasion I am sure they will come right out to investigate things. As I said, keep things calm and relaxed. Follow your baby's body language. If your baby wants to play, explore, or snuggle, then that is great. Some babies are a little nervous and you will notice that they are trying to get away from you or they keep turning their back to you. If your baby is doing this, it may be best to put them in their cage and sit close by and watch and talk to your baby. This will give them the safety of the cage to learn about their new family and their new home. This makes some birds feel safer. Before long they will be begging to come out of the cage.
If you are coming to my home to pick up your baby you will already have started bonding with your baby. When you get home with your baby follow the same info I suggest if the baby comes home on a Delta Flight. Stay calm and relaxed and follow your baby's body language.
I like to mention that we do not have young children, dogs, or cats in our home. You baby has never seen a dog or cat and probably not seen a child. So, please take these introductions slowly. A dog, cat, or child can never be trusted with your baby, so please supervise carefully.
If is very important for the first week or two to monitor how your baby is eating and drinking. I have been sending babies home to families for over 20 years, and I am very careful about the weaning process. I do not rush the weaning process. I keep my babies well past the time that they stop asking for baby food to make sure they are accustom to eating on their own and their weights have been steady for a period of time. I do not consider a baby weaned when it stops asking for baby food. I consider a baby weaned when it is eating enough food on it's own to actually gain back some of it's weight lost during fledgeing and keep it's weight steady. Before your baby goes home I will let you know what their weight is in Grams. When your baby comes home you should weigh your baby daily to make sure they are eating. Food missing from the food bowl does not necesarily mean they have eaten the food. Parrots drop 60% of their food. You must check their weight daily to make sure they are eating enough food. Please note that Gram scales can be purchased at any big box store in the kitchen isle or in the shipping supply isle. Here is a special scale designed for birds which has an attached perch. For myself, I just use a postage type scale and I put a heavy food bowl on the top and sit the bird on the edge of the bowl. I also suggest a product called Avi Bios by Avitech. This product is similar to us eating yogurt. It puts good bacteria in a birds system which helps fight off any bad bacteria that may develop because of the stress of changing homes.
Your bird has been fed Zupreem Natural pellets in Cockatiel size, fresh vegetables, sprouts, and seed. I offer my own sprout mix and I mix in fresh vegetables. Fresh raw vegetables are best, frozen is ok, but canned vegetables should never be fed. It is better to feed vegetables over fruit, but fresh fruit in moderation is fine. A bowl of sprouts / veggies is fed to the babies in the morning and late afternoon. They also have a bowl of pellets and seeds mixed together in their cage at all times. I also offer both a water bowl and a water bottle. I will discuss with each parent individually what foods your particular baby enjoys most. I also have more info on my web page here explaining how I feed my babies.
Please monitor how much food and water your baby is eating very closely. There should be available food and water in their cage 24/7. Please also make sure that your bird knows where the food and water is in the cage. Make sure they have a comfortable perch to sit on in front of their food and water and make sure that there is nothing near the food and water that could scare your baby.
If your baby is coming home to you fully flighted you will want to make sure the room they are in is parrot proofed for a flying bird. There will be some collisions on the first few fly arounds. But, just be calm and they will figure out where the boundaries are. You can read this info for more thoughts on flight safety.
Please make sure to read our Health Guarantee. When setting up your health check, please make sure you are taking your baby to an Avian Veterinarian. You can search for one in your area at this link. Please be aware that there are some Vets that have good experience treating birds who are not on the AAV list in the link provided. A good source for finding a competent Vet who is knowledgeable in Avian care is to contact a local Bird Club in your area. They can help you find a vet in your area.
If you have other pet birds in your home please be aware of quarantine procedures. Your Avian vet can help you decide how to quarantine and if it is necesary in your home.
I will be checking in on your baby after he comes home to you. I would appreciate it if you would get back to me and let me know how things are going!! I worry about each baby when they leave here and I look forward to hearing the fun the new families are having with their new baby!! I am always here to help you if you have any questions or concerns, or if you just want to tell me a story about your baby!! I am available to you today, tomorrow and 10+ years down the road!!