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Old 05-20-2015, 08:48 AM
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We are going away on Friday evening and returning on Tuesday. The budgies are going to stay alone at home but an acquaintance of ours will check in with them to make sure they are ok and to change their water and food. I'm going to leave the vet's number with him but also, if required, we are just about 3h away so can drive back in case there are problems. I thought that might be preferable to putting them through a car journey (well, we'd have to catch them first and they hate being handled) and then them having to get used to a new environment for just a few days.

I'm planning to completely fill up their two seed dishes (large) and two smaller ones (with seeds as well as I don't want to leave veggies in the cage for that long).

They are used to being alone during the day as both my husband and me work, they are only semi tame and seem to be very happy in each other's company (they probably prefer it to our company) so I hope it should be ok.

Also, their cage is fairly large with enough space to fly and currently they rarely venture outside the cage anyway (something I'm still working on...).

Initially, I used to keep the radio on for them during the day but they don't seem to like constant background noise (even if it's at the lowest volume).

I'm planning to leave the window blinds open so they get light during the day but I'm a bit worried about street light entering from outside making it too bright for them at night. Someone on here suggested that I cover a part of their cage so if they want they can sleep in a darker spot. I'm planning to cover one half of their cage with a cloth while we are away. Does that sound like a good idea? I will probably start doing that today to see how they will react.

Does that sound ok? Is there anything else I need to do or think about?

How often should the acquaintance visit? Would every second day be enough?


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Old 05-20-2015, 10:10 AM
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I would have them visit each day, as circumstances may change very quickly
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I think partial cover is a good idea, easy to tuck themselves away if they feel like it. Recommend you pin the cover to the cage with steel safety pins - just takes a bit of chewing and pulling and off it comes!

I would suggest also leaving a radio on softly, but make sure it's a station that closes at midnight! I also agree a daily visit is preferable, and better in the morning if possible - water can so easily get clogged with feathers or fouled.

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I think covering is a good idea partially, and as long as they are able, I recommend they come every other day at least, every day preferably.
As for water, I think you should get at least one water bottle so that in case they spill their water or something happens and they aren't there, they will still have water. I'm sure they'll be fine for a couple days! Especially since someone's coming to look in on them. If this reassures you, I once left my little girl at home alone for a week--(it's a long story, but I did it with every possible precaution and it was a one-time thing) and she was fine!
Cross at me for leaving her, but fine
I'm sure you're little ones can't wait for you to be back and have fun on your little getaway!
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Old 05-20-2015, 08:43 PM
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Having just come back from a week long holiday I know how you are feeling. I had two people watching out for my birds. One with no real bird knowledge but who was able to come in change water/food and check their general well being. Another who came in a couple of times during the week, an experienced breeder, to check on the breedng pairs and be on call if the first person noticed anything. We were also in Skype contact with the first person, so I was able to see my babies were okay. I do think you need to have someone check in daily rather than every second day if at all possible.

I don't know what diet you birds are on, but here is what I give my guys when I away. They get big tonic and mix seed bells, seed and crumbles (small pellets) mixed in a hoppper style feeder, a shallow dish filled with oats and a dry egg food mix. All these are in quantities that will easily last them the period I am away.

I then have a small supply of dehydrated vegetables that can be given to the birds by the person who is watching them. If you don't have a dehydrator, you can do these easily enough yourself in your oven on its lowest temp. Dehydrated vege is great as it retains all the nutrients and can easily last a day, in our climate, without spoiling. I would do a check on how well it lasts in your area before going ahead with this though, as I would imagine humidity levels would effect the longevity.

Lastly, I use water bottles or a number of smaller water silo's and always put in a water dish. This way they have water for hydration and one for playing. As these can be emptied quickly by the later, it also makes me feel better having an extra one in the cage.

Hope that helps, and enjoy your trip.
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Plug in timers are very cheap and you could plug light's and tv or radio into them and set to come on and off at your discretion. I use them everyday in my bird room lighting setup....
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Plug in timers are very cheap and you could plug light's and tv or radio into them and set to come on and off at your discretion. I use them everyday in my bird room lighting setup....
You beat me to it. Even cheap times can be set to different times during the day, so you can have the radio (or lights) come on for short times.

Add several things of water (the bottles) and keep them out of the sun. Use similar ones to hold extra seeds.
Budgies hull their seeds and produce a layer of emptiness in the bowls. I am sure they can dig through it to get to the seeds, but hey.

I also get those treat stick for the cage. It used to be they lasted several days, but these days, the birds mow them down in no more than 2. I had them, just in case my husband forgot to refill the seed trays, as backup (he never forgets those! he lives to spoil his animals: 'When's the last time those birds had millet?!')
If you normally cover them up, by all means cover the cage half way. I do that in the Winter, when I am afraid it might be drafty. I don't cover the birds up over night other wise. and actually leave a nightlight on for them (and we have irregular hours) but generally speaking, after a certain time, light or not, the room they are in is quiet.
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Some good ideas here.
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I purchased a pet cam that Is linked to my phone so I can see and hear the birds every time I go out.

I use a white fleece blanket it to cover my birds every night. If I go away for a day or two I cover half of the cage in the blanket. The cam has night vision so I can see the birds at night time too. Anything longer than two days I have someone come and take care of them.
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