Linda Rose Forney   503.460.7908

What to Expect when you bring baby home


  You will find in your packet:
*Instructions General information on care of your new bird*Feed packet
*Cuttle Bone*Hand feeding formula and syringe*Hatch Certificate with band attached
*DNA Certificate when applicable


            PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO CALL OR EMAIL ME IF YOU SHOULD HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS ABOUT YOUR NEW BABY.  IN GENERAL IT MAY TAKE UP TO TWO WEEKS FOR BABY TO FEEL SETTLED AND COMFORTABLE.  BIRDS ARE NOT LIKE CATS AND DOGS AND CAN BE MORE SUSPICIOUS OF NEW SURROUNDINGS. ALSO UNDERSTAND THAT MOST BIRDS WILL GO THROUGH MATURATION STAGES JUST LIKE OTHER BABY SPECIES. SOME MATURE QUICKLY, SOME MORE SLOWLY. BABY MAY RUN FROM YOUR HAND, FLY TO THE FLOOR, AND ACT FRIGHTENED.  PATIENCE AND UNDERSTANDING WORKING THROUGH THESE GROWING MONTHS FOR BABY IS ESSENTIAL FOR A GOOD START IN LIFE. ALSO UNDERSTANDING THAT THESE STAGES OF GROWTH ARE PERFECTLY NORMAL WILL HELP YOU NOT FEEL SO ANXIOUS WHEN WORKING WITH YOUR NEW BABY.

*Before opening your crate be prepared.

*Unless otherwise specified by the new owner, all birds will arrive with clipped wings.
*Have cage, food and fresh water ready for birds
*Be aware that baby will be frightened and may fly out of container when opened
*Even with clipped wings, please understand that birds can still fly fast and high when frightened

Information about how to care for your new baby

Food

Start baby off with food he is used to eating which has been included in his packet. Otherwise baby may not eat the new food. After several days mix in the food you will feed him about half and half until you have him weaned over to your food
My babies have been introduced to kale, cooked yams, boiled eggs, apple chunks, bananas, and cornbread. Spray millet is an excellent food to help baby begin eating if he seems too frightened to go to dish.
Baby is used to open dish water containers. If you want to use a water bottle, introduce this to baby along with water dish

Settling in

Allow baby several days to settle in a low stress/traffic area. Some babies like to be held right away, some do not. If baby acts scared it is best to let him settle in slowly. After all, you will have your new friend for many years and there is plenty of time to build a relationship. Please DO communicate with baby by sitting near his cage, sticking treats through his cage bars, and offer up tender words of comfort. It is not recommended to simply leave baby completely alone during this settling in process.
Watch to make sure baby is eating. He should start eating and drinking almost right away especially if you have millet ready for him in his cage. If baby seems really frightened it is just fine to cover cage with front of cage uncovered for added privacy.
If baby does not eat that day, it is all right to offer hand feeding formula as sometimes the stress of a move puts babies back into a hand feeding mode.  Before doing this please contact me for further instructions. This rarely happens, but it is good to be prepared in case this should happen.  No eating is NOT acceptable and should be addressed quickly. If your baby arrives in the evening, he should be up and eating by the next morning. You may not see baby drinking, but usually there will be food debris in the water that shows he has taken in water.
Offer baby spray millet and kale to help stimulate his appetite.

Don’t be surprised

**Baby may nip and not want to be held
Baby may appear nervous, scared, and insecure
*Baby may move away from you to the farthest side of the cage

(This is especially true with Linnies)
*Or baby may not exhibit any of these behaviors


Each bird is an individual and will respond in different ways to the stress of the move.
In general expect two weeks to settle in, and try not to press baby too much to interact with

you until he appears settled in. Believe it or not, you will be able to tell when this happens.

Also it takes at least two days just for baby to calm down after a major move in his life. Please keep in mind that you will have baby for many years to come, and Rome wasn't built in a day!

PATIENCE~UNDERSTANDING~TIME~GROWING UP

WILL COVER A MULTITUDE OF CONCERNS.