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Old 06-27-2015, 06:22 PM
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I am moving out of my parents' house into an apartment by myself on July 18. I feel like my bird Fiona will be very lonely during the day when I'm at work for 8 hours. Right now, my mom stays home and we have dogs and a cat so there's plenty of activity to keep her occupied. I'm worried she's going to become depressed if I keep her alone for 8 hours a day.

I plan to keep the radio on for her while I'm gone (I already do this), but is that enough?

She is coming along quite nicely with her training, she steps up pretty well if I'm holding millet, and she isn't afraid of my hand without millet. She won't necessarily step up, but she'll put a foot on my finger and nibble/taste away at my finger which I find so cute. Anyway, since we aren't exactly bonded as it is, and I don't spend more than an hour directly interacting with her every day (since there's not much to do other than feed her and just leave my hand in the cage)... is it cruel to leave her alone for such long periods of time? After and before work I will most certainly be in the same room as her, talking to her and such (since it's a one bedroom apartment - not many options!), but 8 hours each day seems like a lot to me...

I would love to get her more tame before getting a companion for her.

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Depending on the amount of time you devote to Fiona when you are at home she should be just fine by herself. Talking to her when you are there, sitting next to her cage and reading out loud when you study will help her feel she is important to you.

Has she learned to play with her toys to enterain herself yet?

If, after a couple of weeks she seems to you to be lonely, you can always re-evalutate your decision at that time.
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Depending on the amount of time you devote to Fiona when you are at home she should be just fine by herself. Talking to her when you are there, sitting next to her cage and reading out loud when you study will help her feel she is important to you.

Has she learned to play with her toys to enterain herself yet?

If, after a couple of weeks she seems to you to be lonely, you can always re-evalutate your decision at that time.
Good advice. I'll take it one step at a time.

She does play with her toys! It's so cute. And when I move she's moving into a huge flight cage I have in storage right now, so there will be plenty of toys to choose from.

I'll make an effort to talk to her more. I do sing out loud a lot when music is playing and talk to her when I'm in near her cage, but I could definitely talk to her more. A lot of the time I just sit there reading or on my computer.
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It's excellent that Fiona will be moving into a bigger cage when you move.

Giving her as much room as possible and a variety of toys to play with will help stimulate her interest and keep her from getting bored.

I know how easy it is not to talk when you are on the computer. When you read outloud or say the words as you type them will help her feel more engaged with you.
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It's excellent that Fiona will be moving into a bigger cage when you move.

Giving her as much room as possible and a variety of toys to play with will help stimulate her interest and keep her from getting bored.

I know how easy it is not to talk when you are on the computer. When you read outloud or say the words as you type them will help her feel more engaged with you.
I have so many toys left over from when I had birds a few years ago... they'll be in constant rotation lol. Some may just need a bit of a cleaning first
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Sounds like you have an excellent plan. Be sure to let us know how things go and we love photos... hint hint.. like of Fiona in her new mansion!!
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Sounds like you have an excellent plan. Be sure to let us know how things go and we love photos... hint hint.. like of Fiona in her new mansion!!
I'll definitely post some pics once she's all set up in there
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Several of our birds like to take turn sitting on the computer screen or key board or my shoulder just hanging out and watching the screen or Singing and telling me all about the birdy world. Bowing and dancing around and exploring or snuggling down for a nap. We have birdy TV you tube with all the neat budgie and other birds to watch. Apollo loves to talk to Indi as well.Apollo also likes to fly in place on my fingers and swing back and forth and sing to me as well. Apollo love to stand on just the key I want to type so we have fun finding ways to redirect his attention like a millet spray nibble or taking a drink of water from a people glass very carefully so he does not spill. We also have little flat dishes for him to drink from. He really thinks he is hot stuff to sit on my hand and very carefully take a sip of water. or have his little spoon taste of plain grits when he joins me for breakfast. So it is just the little things that you allow a little space for your birdy to join you While you do other things as well. It is just leaving little spaces in the routine. This will help increase your bonding before another budgie joins the family. Blessings on your new adventure. Jo Ann
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8 hours a day should be fine when there are toys for Fiona to play with and the radio to listen to. My little Jakob is alone 8-9 hours most weekdays when I'm in work. I let hour out of the cage the minute I get home, and then she gets plenty of attention. If I'm on the laptop, I allow her to sit on the monitor. Even if I don't talk all the time, she looks at everything I do. It makes her feel included. There's lots you can do to bond with her more, so see how it goes - and I'm sure we'll all be waiting for pictures
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I'm glad you're thinking of what's good for Fiona, you obviously care about her very much.

You've been given great advice which I agree with also. I have a lovebird on his own in a big cage and I spend heaps of time with him when I get home and he's one little happy chappy! He does have the budgies for company in the cage next to him but if Fiona is occupied/busy, has room as others have said and then has time with you she should be a fine Fiona

I also had a hand tamed budgie on his own for most of the day, and he was such a great friend when I was at home, but also very happy on his own.

If it doesn't work out and Fiona is the type of bird the needs company you can consider getting another birdie down the track. I'd see how she goes first on her own though.

Keep us posted on how she goes.
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