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Old 06-04-2015, 06:58 PM
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Hi..
Next month, we need to be out of town for our son's wedding. We will be gone almost 4 full days. My sister will be staying at our house to care for our too many dogs and our budgies.
Soo... my sister is pretty much afraid of the budgies.
My question is:
Since we usually leave our birds out in 'their' room most of the day, and in the cages at night... should we?
- leave them out while we are gone?
- leave them in while we are gone? (they wouldn't be happy)

I think she can manage to clean the cage and provide food and water, but not much more. Our birds are not all hand tamed...

Advice is appreciated.

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Old 06-04-2015, 07:04 PM
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Judy,

Given that your sister is afraid of the birds, would she be able to handle having all of them out in the bird-safe room flying about when she goes in to clean up the cages and provide food and water?

Also, wouldn't you be concerned that somehow she might forget to close the door to that room or one of the budgies would escape into the other part of the house? This could be disasterous as your sister wouldn't be able to manage to get the bird back in the room and, as you said, there are multiple dogs in the house.

What about Cody trying to mate with Lemony, Oscarina and Ivy while you are away?
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Judy, as much as your birds are accustomed to normally being out of cage, I think you should be safe and keep them in their cage for the duration of your trip under your sister's care. I'm sure she'll do well in feeding and looking after them, but there are things that can go wrong if they're left out of cage that your sister may not be able to deal with on her own if she's not savy with handling them. I've also had people badysit my birds when I go on trips and the only responsibility I place on them is feeding my birds.
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Judy,

Given that your sister is afraid of the birds, would she be able to handle having all of them out in the bird-safe room flying about when she goes in to clean up the cages and provide food and water?

Also, wouldn't you be concerned that somehow she might forget to close the door to that room or one of the budgies would escape into the other part of the house? This could be disasterous as your sister wouldn't be able to manage to get the bird back in the room and, as you said, there are multiple dogs in the house.

What about Cody trying to mate with Lemony, Oscarina and Ivy while you are away?
Oh, FaeryBee... DETAILS!!! ..
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I agree with both Deb and Nick. They may not like it but it won't hurt them to stay in the cage. Considering the point Deb made about breeding, it may even be good to seperate them for that time frame...
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Judy, as much as your birds are accustomed to normally being out of cage, I think you should be safe and keep them in their cage for the duration of your trip under your sister's care. I'm sure she'll do well in feeding and looking after them, but there are things that can go wrong if they're left out of cage that your sister may not be able to deal with on her own if she's not savy with handling them. I've also had people badysit my birds when I go on trips and the only responsibility I place on them is feeding my birds.
Nick, Nick, Nick!! you are very nice to your birdysitters.. but are they your LITTLE SISTER??
Ha.. Seriously, I am listening to what you and Faerybee say. Makes sense.
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Old 06-04-2015, 08:18 PM
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Thank you all. Believe it or not, I kind of pushed all those practicalities out of my radar.. I DON'T want Cody romanticizing the ladies while I'm gone..
And Oscarlynn is overly bossy if left w/everybody else too long.
Will they really do ok being on 'lockdown' for that long?
I do want safety for everyone to be the top concern and I could see my sister flying out of the room with the flock right behind her.
I didn't mention I'd be working a little w/my sister before we leave. Cody even perched on her finger yesterday and she managed ok.


PS.. I kind of like the thought of my 'little' sister being just a little bit scared..
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Believe it or not, your flock will do just fine in "lockdown" for four days.

As you know, my birds get tons of out of cage time every day... unless I go visit my sister.

During the times I'm away, they are kept safely in their cages.
Sometimes this is for 4 days and sometimes longer !!
My husband gives them food and water and changes the papers in the cages.
(Well - he says he changes the papers...)

Do my birds "like" it? No.

But, you have to do what is best for the birds' health, well-being and safety... just like with children.

Sometimes that means privledges must be restricted for a certain period of time.
The birds survive just fine.
They are just as happy as can be when I return and they get to fly around and make up for lost time.

Now... how did I know as soon as I read your initial post that you were ignoring all the little "details" and pretending those simply didn't exsist.
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It is a big ask for anyone else to give your budgies the care and time that they are used to. I have experienced this when we went away on our holiday. I got my son to move into my house. I also left explicit written instructions regarding feeding , changing papers. health concerns e.t.c.
DOoyour birds put themselves to bed at night and you simply go in and say goodnight and cover, shut cages? If that is what you do then I would possibly think about allowing them to be out of their cages. BUT if they have to be coerced back into their cages that is a big ask for unexperienced others to have to undertake.
As much as you know they will not like being locked up, sometimes we have to think with our heads instead of our hearts regarding our fluff kids.
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Judy, I had to lock my birds up for 2 weeks once when I went on a long haul holiday. No, they didn't like it, but they were so pleased to see me on my return they forgot all about it, and went straight back to "business as usual"! I wonder if other owners experience the "someone else has been here" behaviour when you return? I am sure I do not imagine it, it's like they are trying to tell me that someone else has become part of their world in my absence, and they almost feel guilty about it and feel I have to know!
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