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?