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Old 09-24-2011, 12:28 PM
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Hello all!

I will start off by saying, I don't currently own a budgie. We had a darling little fellow who died very suddenly last month, after only living with us for 3 weeks. It broke our hearts, and we've missed him so much.

We would like to get another bird, but we are concerned because we often go on little 3 or 4 day trips about 4 or 5 times throughout the year, and I've started to think about what we would do with our budgie during our vacation. I want to keep the bird's stress to a minimum, and make sure it has the care it needs.

We want to keep a solitary bird, so he/she will bond with us well, and we can (hopefully) teach it to talk. I work from home, and will pay a lot of attention to the bird throughout the day, so loneliness is not usually an issue. But, I'm afraid if we go on vacation and suddenly nobody was home with him/her all day, it might get sick and die.

I have two options for care while we are gone, and wanted to get some opinions on which would probably be better for our future bird:

First option: Budgie goes to my parent's house (in it's usual cage), where it will have human company most of the day that will talk and interact with it (they are retired and home during the day just like me, and like budgies very much), as well as changing papers/food/water daily. But, it would be a new environment (though the cage would be the same familiar one).

Second option: Budgie stays at our home, our neighbor (who has bird experience - 15 years as a large parrot owner) comes over once a day to change food/water/papers, but will not stay very long to chat/play with the bird. I would leave on the classical radio station for the budgie, but it would not get much human interaction for 3 or 4 days at a time.

I do not really want either my parents or my neighbor to attempt to take the budgie out of the cage for flight time, as they might not be able to get it back in the cage, or might make one of the many easy mistakes you can make that could cost the Budgie it's life.

So I guess my question is - is leaving home for another house (but having companionship) more stressful than being at home, but being mostly alone (except for the radio) for 3-4 days?

I am so worried about losing another budgie, I really want to do the best we can with this bird.

I know we could hire a pet sitter, but I still would not be comfortable with them letting the bird out to fly, so that would be about the same as the neighbor coming over.

If you have any other ideas or experience with leaving your budgie with another caregiver for a few days, please feel free to share! Thank you in advance for any help you can provide.


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Old 09-24-2011, 12:35 PM
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hi and i'm sooo sorry about your birdie, its so heartbreaking to lose our little friends no matter how long we have them

Ok so both options are good and you have thought this through well- i have done both myself.

I personally pefer to take my birds "on holiday" to my best friends house when i go away - i take thier cage and thier toys and normally after an hour they settle in nicely, just be wary of where you put the cage (ensure there is a wall behind for thier contentment). My best freind loves having them and her fella plays the guitar to them, which Honey LOVES.

However as my best friend has only recently had a baby she felt it not right to look after my birds and that she worried so another time i left them at home for a long weekend and had another friend come in every day and check on them, change food and water. I also left radio on for them and a night light, but in all honestly i think they really missed the company.

so therefore if i can i would take them and the cage to a friends for a holiday - after the first time they shouldn't get so upset and get used to the holiday.

I hope my thoughts help and i look forward to photos of your new birdie x
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I am really sorry for the loss of your budgie!

If you getting a tame budgie which is alone as well, with no other budgie friend, than he should be with humans all the time.

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I would take the option with your parents where the bird will not be alone.
Budgies cope quite well with being in a different place.

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I agree that if you have the option of taking your budgie to your parents' home while you are on vacation, that would probably be the least stressful for the bird.

I'm sorry for the loss of your other little birdie and hope to see pictures of the one you plan to get in the near future.
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Thank you all for your responses, you've really helped me a lot. We will definitely take our new budgie to my parent's house when we go on a trip. My dad is already looking forward to having a little visitor.
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First of all, we are all sad for your previous budgie

If I was the one choosing, I would go with your neighbor, that way, your budgie is in it's usual enviroment, and an enviroment you know well, just in case something might happen... Not very descriptive, but I think you know what I mean
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But to think of it, your budgie might do better if your neighbor or a few neighbors played with him/her at least a few times a day.
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If I was the one choosing, I would go with your neighbor, that way, your budgie is in it's usual enviroment...
Budgies actually enjoy a little vacation change of scenery and her parents will pay more attention than the neighbors would.
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But, if you can take the bird with you, you can do that too! Interestingly, there are a lot of no-pets places that will take birds - they really only mean no dogs and no cats but birds and snakes and lizards are just fine.
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