New Home Acclimation
I am seeking advice on how to safely acclimate our family’s 26 year old double yellow headed Amazon, Jasper, to my home. He has lived with my parents since they first adopted him in 1993 (I was 19 at the time). My mother, Jasper’s primary caregiver, passed away 5 years ago. My dad has cared for him since, but at 71 years old, he’s ready to pass on that responsibility. Having had a parrot myself in the past and loving Jasper as a family member, I gladly agreed to adopt him into my family! That said, I want to make this a smooth transition for Jasper. He is a pretty carefree and resilient parrot, having made many moves in his life thus far and has even survived my parents’ home burning to the ground! Obviously, I want to give him the best care possible. My questions are these: 1) He desperately needs to be groomed before coming to my home. My plan is to pick him up from my dad’s home, drive an hour and a half to the avian vet for a grooming, then onto my home, 10 minutes away. Would this be too stressful to begin with? Or should I delay the vet visit until he is used to my home? His wings aren’t clipped and I will not be able to let him out of his cage (getting him out of the cage to get him to the vet is gonna be a struggle already!) because….2) Jasper hasn’t been handled in over a decade, is rarely let out of his cage and bites at fingers when approached. How soon can I begin the step up training? I want him to get used to being handled by me. 3) I am excited to provide new toys and food. How soon is too soon? I suppose my overarching question is how do I acclimate him to my home in the most peaceful way. I am excited to begin training him, providing him with new toys and new food experiences, but I don’t want to stress him out by beginning these things too soon. Could you provide advice on this, please?