Cage placement for new Pionus
Posted 28 March 2010 - 01:13 AM
I'm new to the board and I've been reading some of the posts about bringing a new pionus home. It seems that a lot of them are quite shy and take a while before they choose to come out of their cage. I'll be getting a baby female BH sometime in the next 6 weeks and had planned on having the same set-up I have for our cockatiels: a large cage in our bedroom and another in the living-room. We have cats, and although they're pretty good about ignoring the birds, they're still cats and I don't trust them. So, overnight and on the days that I work ( 3/7) we keep the birds in our bedroom where we can lock the kitties out - it's also a bright, south-facing room with a great view. Anytime we're home, the 'tiels are mostly out of their cage, but we keep another flight cage in the living room for times when it's not safe for them to be out (they're flighted). I'd planned on doing the same set-up with our new bird, but if she's hesitant to come out of her cage at first would it be better to temporarily put one of her cages in another downstairs room with a closed door? The room is close to the living room, but its not where most of the activity is. Or, should I keep her in the bedroom at first, and when she's comfortable coming out of her cage, start bringing her down to the living-room? I know this sounds kind of complicated but I want to traumatize her as little as possible, and at the same time let her get used to the activity in the house.
Posted 28 March 2010 - 11:22 PM
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True quarantine cannot be achieved by housing a new bird in the same building as the established birds if the air supply is at all shared. This also means air exchange that you create moving through the room the bird is in, and out. The amount of particulate debris from birds on your person even with minimal contact is astronomical.
However, there are ways to lessen the chance of cross-contamination. Closing off the vents is one, adding a towel to the floor blocking the doorway is another. Scrupulous cleaning daily is also something to do, and most importantly, different clothing and a complete wash before exiting to your established birds. You won't get a 100% quarantine but it's better than nothing. The best quarantine is in a different place entirely though.
As for length of time? 30 days isn't even worth the effort unless you've tested your birds thoroughly. 90-120 days is best and even then, it's not 'the best' unless you get the bird cultured and retested once a month.
That said, any Q helps!
One of my biggest beefs is not quarantining the established birds from a new baby, but a new baby from the established birds! I cannot tell you how many times I've heard people complain their new baby had 'something' and of COURSE the baby brought it! I ask if they'd had their birds vet checked recently. "Well, no!" They do and find their birds are riddled with disease or infection that's been well-established.
I always tell my buyers that this is why most aviaries only have a 3 day guarantee - not because they're worried about their babies and hoping to 'beat the deadline', but because after 3 days, something can establish in the baby from the existing pets. I always tell my buyers to get their birds cultured and checked before bringing in a new baby.
With that quoted (thanks Tina), Congratulations. I think in a year Nacho may want to see pictures of her.
Wawa - Black Capped, Pepper - Cherry Head (missing:sniff:), Nacho - Blue Headed Pionus, Poppy - Congo African Grey, Cooter - Catahoula Dog,
Andre - Daddy, Hollyhawk - Mama
Still hoping Terra's Rocky and our Pepper come home!
Posted 30 March 2010 - 02:39 AM
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