I have the best parakeet in the world, but I've started to travel for work more often, and Bert always goes to pet sitters. I always feel bad sending her to different sitters because I know it's stressful for her (and expensive for me). Sometimes I have to be out of town for months at a time so I've been looking for a great bird sitter, someone who truly loves birds and would give Bert the best life possible when I'm not around to take care of her. My friends think I should just give Bert away but I will NEVER do that. Bert is the most special pet I've ever had in my life.
Anyway, the one woman who was interested in taking Bert while I'm gone has 20 parakeets, and let's them fly free during the day, and puts them all in a flock cage at night. This would be a totally different life for Bert. One part of me thinks Bert would be so happy with a little flock of friends, but the other part of me believes she might be too overwhelmed and stressed out. I know it's in their nature to be part of a flock, but I'm still hesitant about it.
Bert used to have a partner but I couldn't keep them in the same cage because Bert was pretty aggressive sometimes!
I also have to mention Bert has been sick in the past (for a long period of time, I'm guessing two years) but is doing 100% better now. She shows none of the same symptoms that concerned me in the past. I'm going to have her checked out before joining the flock obviously, but I wanted to see if any of you thought that was still risky.
Is there any way you can find someone else care for Bert when you are away?
It sounds to me as if she would be better off as a single companion bird to an individual who will give her lots of love and attention and is willing to get health care for her should the need arise when you are gone.
Given Bert's background, I doubt she will adjust well to the stress of going from being a solo budgie to suddenly part of such a large flock.
Stress can trigger health problems in budgies so it would be risky for her on more than one count.
As you indicate this would be taking place whenever you travel, I definitely would not consider it to be a good choice for Bert's health and well-being.
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After quarantine we introduce new comers to a couple of the main flock that are well balanced and friendly to teach the new guy the ropes in a flight cage where we can watch. If they get along and pass the flight proficiency test
we give all birds in our soft net, We let then fly in the flight at the same time we reintroduce the original birds from the flock and again watch for a week or so for any dust ups. All birds are liable to be submissive at first but can then be frisky when they feel comfortable. We make sure the new comers fit and there are no pulling feathers as well as several feeding /water stations available. At the end of a week check the weight of the new birds for any major changes
+-. Try to check at least once a month for every bird to catch any abnormal changes. This is a very early sign of illness- " +-" plus condition of droppings.
The stress of a new flight is highly suspect and should be started with probiotics and electrolytes in drinking water or on soft food to strengthen immune system.. I think it would be better in a one to one visit a pet sitter.
Or get another budgie companion to provide company. Introducing to a new flock that is going on and off may be too much. Blessings, Jo Ann