In just under 3 weeks, I'll be leaving Princess Jakob with a friend for a week so I can go off on holidays. My friend had a budgie in the past and has minded Jakob once before. Jakob will be allowed out of the cage at my friend's place, and she'll get plenty of attention.
So all in all, not a big deal...
There's just the challenge that I need to prepare her for this. Jakob and I have been spending a lot of time together in recent months I and have had to focus a lot of attention on Jakob.
When I was in hospital (she was minded in my own home) she started chewing on her feathers again. The first few days I was home she wouldn't leave my side and barely said a peep. She wouldn't eat either. She's back to normal again in that regard, but with me here all the time, I wonder what it'll be like when I leave her to go away for a week? I try to ensure I leave home several times a day right now so that she has to spend some time alone in the cage. She's not happy with that, but we do it anyway. It's not quite the same as me being in work for 8-9 hours, but it's the best I can do.
Should I consider treats to simply spoil her a bit when I'm away? New toys? New branches? Or do I just leave things the way they are and hope for the best?
Just so you can see my princess is OK, here she is having a nap on her favourite branch. She likes to lie down and cuddle her little head against the branch