So several of you know already, but I am planning on bringing home a Jenday from my pet store that has been there for about 4 years now (he'll be five by the time I get him) and who recently had his mate accidentally sold. He's a bit of a mess. He is physically healthy and not a plucker, but he is extremely timid and wary of people, shakes when you approach him, etc. He will bite if pushed too far, and was very possessive of his mate. I've been visiting him a few times a week for about a year now, bringing him treats and talking to him. The store staff have noticed an improvement in his behavior and he now even tolerates the occasional scritch. Progress
I'm going to continue working with him and then bring him home when the time is right (when I graduate uni and can dedicate a few months home with him). I currently have two budgies. I'm wondering what I can do to prepare for this addition.
My current plan is to keep him in a quiet room where the two of us can work together away from the other birds and my roommates. He is stressed by the commotion of the pet store and I want to give him ample time to feel comfortable before moving him in with the other birds (he and my birds will all be individually checked by my avian vet so I'm not worried about quarantine).
I have installed soundproof foam against the wall we share with a neighbour. They've told me they're totally fine with a parrot, but I know how loud jendays are. The foam will not block him out completely, but it muffled my brother's heavy metal band, which measured 110 decibels from two rooms over. I've measured this guys scream and he's about 80-90, so I think the foam will probably help a little.
I have bought him a good sized nightlight, since he's never been in the dark at night, just the slightly dimmer lights of the pet store. He's coming with his cage, toys, and food. I'm planning to keep the radio on for him when I'm away, and possibly the TV once he's more comfortable. He'll be out of any drafts and such, but will be able to see out the window somewhat.
He has already met my budgies once and was very interested in them, probably because my budgies immediately started flirting with him
My goal is to try and make his transition as trauma-free as possible and I'm willing to make any accommodations for him that I need to. I'm young (~30), but I understand the responsibility and devotion required by parrots and I want to do everything in my power to better this guy's life. He won't be coming home for awhile yet, so I have lots of time to make sure I'm totally prepared and everything is perfect for him. What would make this transition easier for him and what can I expect for the first few months from a slightly traumatized conure?
*Sorry long post!