When bringing a new budgie into your flock, it’s critical to plan for a quarantine period before allowing your birds to meet. As discussed in our article on the topic, there are several good reasons to quarantine your incoming budgie. Most importantly, the practice helps safeguard the health of both your current flock and your new arrival.
But what exactly does a quarantine entail? What rules should you follow? Our quick checklist below will walk you through the basics of quarantine for a new budgie.
1.) Keep your new bird in a separate room.
It’s critical to maintain physical separation between your new budgie and your existing flock. This keeps your flock from being exposed to the droppings, feathers, and dust from your new parrot, which could all potentially carry and transmit disease.
2.) Use only designated equipment.
Be sure to use clean bowls, toys, perches and a cage for your new parrot. While this might seem obvious, it’s best to be on guard against mistakes. For example, if both your new bird and existing flock are using similar-looking food and water dishes, be careful not to mix them up. Your new parrot’s items shouldn’t mingle with those from your existing flock during quarantine.
3.) Wash your hands.
Always wash your hands between working with your existing and new parrot to prevent carrying contaminants between them. And with that said…
4.) Always handle your existing flock first!
This way, if you accidentally didn’t wash your hands well or have something on your shirt, you will be bringing contaminants from your existing “clean” flock to your new bird, not the other way around, which is more dangerous.
5.) Observe for signs of illness.
Watch your new parrot carefully for any signs of illness. Remember, your incoming bird is probably nervous around you, so they’ll likely try to conceal any indicators they’re unwell. Observe them carefully, and note down anything unusual so you can bring it up at your upcoming new bird exam with your avian vet.
6.) Maintain quarantine for at least 30 days.
30 days is generally enough time to make sure your new budgie has no apparent illness and to get them seen by an avian vet for their new bird exam. New members of The Budgie Academy flock are quarantined for 45 days to reduce risk even further.
If you haven’t already done so, check out our article on why we quarantine to get a run-down on this important practice. Also, if your incoming flock member seems nervous in their new home, read our piece on things you can do with a fearful budgie to help them settle in!