Bringing Your Parakeet Home

There are several things to consider before you leave the pet store or breeder facility. You will want to have everything set up at home and ready for your bird. Don’t wait until you walk in your door with your new companion before you get your home ready for him. Plan ahead.


The breeder or pet store clerk will place your bird in a cardboard box with holes for traveling. If you are going to be in your car for less than an hour, there is no need to provide food or water. If the trip home will take longer, scatter some seed on the floor of the box and provide firm, moist fruit for a water source.

If the weather is cold, you will want to have your car running and warm so the bird is not cold for any length of time. Never put a bird in the trunk of your car.

When you arrive home, introduce your bird to his new environment and start spending quality time with your new friend. It’s important to spend time with your parakeet during the first couple of weeks. That’s when you’ll be establishing your relationship and becoming a flock.

His First Few Days Home

Your new parakeet will be understandably scared and shy of his new home and you. Try to minimize any loud noises or sudden movements during this time. Give him a few days to acclimate himself to his surroundings. Visit him frequently and make soothing, friendly sounds. After a couple of days, he should settle down and not jump from perch to perch or squawk when you approach.