I have given up on finding someone reliable even at my vets office to house sit and bird sit for a few days. If I cut my days away down to 3 days and leave enough food and water with music on, just thinking... has anyone done this ? I desperately need a couple of days away after a catastophic year, of divorce and family deaths including a young sucide but I can't worry constantly about my babies. The only other option is boarding at my vets office in a smaller cage with other animals. desperately seeking input.
We have gone away just one day and come back the next. Chy was OK with that. However, I wouldn't want to go away for longer without having our friends come over each day to change her food and water. Chy says that she makes soup. I can't risk her having dirty water by leaving her longer.
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Thank you Haz, and Beakertrout, much thought has gone into this for my best buddies. As we do with our children we put them first. I can not leave them for even one day, my imagination would run wild, there would be no peace. Something will work out for the 3 of us.
It is difficult. I once had to get a neighbour to come in when we were away for a couple of nights. She had no experience of birds so I had to simplify things to a certain extent. For water I used a Bird Butler water bottle which attached to the side of the cage and they lick a valve to release the water. The first time I put it in Monty leaked all the water out, thinking it was a good new toy but after that they used it as normal and I was surprised that they had adapted to it so quickly. You can top it up from the outside of the cage.
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I would also go with the vet option. When we go out of town, Sheeba gets boarded at the vet. The last time I had someone watch my previous grey, Manfred, at home, he got sick and eventually passed away. I'm not sure if that was the cause, but I still feel terribly guilty about it. Plus, Sheeba is not a bird that will let someone come in and change her food and water, she is more than likely to bite them and get out of her cage and not go back in without a lot of drama.
The only downside of staying at the vets, are the cockatiel squeals Sheeba picks up.
Depending on where you want to go you might bring them along. We tend to go mostly on local trips and Ruby has no problems at all in the car; seems quite content. We have a travel cage that's a pretty good size - not as big as the one at home but plenty adequate for the car and wherever we're staying. Finding a bird-friendly BnB, hotel, etc. is the only challenge but generally not a big issue.
If you really have to board I agree with the vet option. There's really not a big downside since obviously they're plenty well equipped to deal with any situations that arise. I would also worry leaving them alone, even with a WebCam and an "emergency" option.
We did have something similar to Thomas though, but it was with a screeching Cockatoo who was in the same room with Ruby during her boarding. It took her a month to stop replicating her "roommate's" annoying noises once she got home haha!