Going on vacation for two weeks soon after getting budgie - will he be traumatized?
So I just got a new baby budgie (about 6 weeks old) on Saturday. I had my name on a waiting list for a hand raised one for months and he came up. Unfortunately, the timing isn't great as I had already scheduled a two week vacation in two weeks.
This budgie has been hand raised since birth by the bird store I bought him from and he isn't scared of hands or fingers at all. I've taken him out a bunch of times since he came home and he will run away when I put my hand in the cage but once I get him out he will contently sit on my finger for long periods of time as well as my boyfriend's. He is still adjusting to his new cage and toys, the first couple of days he would only stay in one spot at the top of his ladder but he recently started exploring the cage and going on his swing and other perches.
I plan to continue taking him out of the cage when I get home and playing with him (I bought a budgie playground for him as well) at least a couple of hours a night for the next two weeks. The first week of my vacation my boyfriend will be home and he is going to do the same thing. The second week my boyfriend is joining me, so we are sending him to the bird store we bought him at as they have agreed they will keep taking him out with a budgie trainer every day to make sure he stays tame (the same budgie trainer who tamed him).
I'm just worried being sent back to such a different environment after he just got settled into our house will traumatize him and that when I come back he will have forgotten about me and no longer want to sit on my finger. Our home is very quiet and the bird store is extremely loud with lots of squawking parrots and people constantly in and out of the store. But I don't want to leave him with a pet sitter because I want someone to continue to work on his hand training. Will he be okay?
Assuming that he's fully weaned from hand-feeding, I think this would be fine, as opposed to having a pet sitter "look in on him". In his own cage at the bird store he'll be getting some individual attention and good care. When you get home, I'd give him a few days of down time to readjust to being where it's more quiet and a constantly familiar face. Just because he's been hand raised doesn't mean that you can push him along faster during training, but he's more likely to bond with you more quickly.
Be consistent in giving him attention and remember that they have their own individual personalities which will continue to emerge as they mature