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Old 07-15-2014, 07:45 PM
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Exclamation Tent Camping and Conures?

So, my family and I are going tent camping in a nice campsite in California. It's a well established campground, and we are taking tents. Now, my conure hasn't really been in a tent many times, but that's the least of my worries. He's gone many places and is trustful of me, so hikes aren't a concern. My biggest concern is leaving him at home. My parents don't want to take him and they just want to leave him at home! We are leaving mid Friday, and coming back late Sunday. I do NOT feel comfortable leaving him, as I fear he will eat all of his food at once and ruin his water that he likes to bathe in and make birdy soup, making the water undrinkable. We have no one to look after him except an irresponsible neighbor who my parents don't feel comfortable letting in our house because they will probably leave a door unlocked. So what do I do? I have a travel cage that I could take him in and he will be warm... How do I tell my parents I don't feel comfortable leaving him? Please give good points, as my dad is one to debate with! (and my parents don't get birds) HELP!
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Old 07-15-2014, 08:13 PM
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Re: Tent Camping and Conures?

This probably won't be popular with a lot of people here, but I have left Larry (my green cheek) for a couple of days with no problems and only when there is no other option. I live in a rural area with no close neighbors or family. 2 days max. I have left on a friday and returned on the following sunday. And yes, I worry about him while I'm gone. If I were to go any longer than your specified timeframe I would board him, but even that would be over an hours drive for me. I have done this several times with my green cheek as well as in the past with my parakeets. So please no 'squawking' about my method Any ideas for improvement are welcome.
Here is how I set up his cage.
There is a large bowl of water attached very near the top of the inside of the cage.
There are 2 covered (tubular type) water dispensers placed near the top and mid-level of the cage (next to but not under perches).
There is a covered water dispenser at the bottom of the cage, in case something happens and he is injured and cannot climb.
I have 3 food bowls, one with pellets, the other two with his dry food combinations.
I leave on the classical radio station which has talking at night (this could be on a timer but I don't).
Carefully thought-out toys, sturdy wood to chew, cuttlebone.
I place his cage near a window with blinds cracked at half-way so that it's light during the day.
Half of the cage is covered with a sheet (no strings) the two open sides near the window.
Room temp comfortable.
I don't think I've left anything out.
I don't do this very often, but I personally don't see a problem with leaving him for such a short period of time and as I have stated it works for me. He is not a very LARGE bird.
I think that a larger bird would create a series of other concerns
I also feel personally, that it would be more dangerous taking the bird on an outdoor trip away from his safe-haven cage
I mean, come on, we all have lives and people do leave their pets once in a while. Unless of course you have a zoo
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Re: Tent Camping and Conures?

Dear Dad,

My bird is my pet, like a dog - he gets lonely by himself and it is mean to leave him home.
My bird is well trained, he won't make a problem.
What is more "outdoorsy" than a pet bird? Um, nothing! Haha
If we leave the bird at home, he could become sick from poop water, etc, potentially causing us thousands of dollars in vet bills, and perhaps not surviving. He could get somehow injured as he tries to break out of his cage because we are not there.

And most of all - he is my friend, my family member, I love him. I wont have fun on the camping trip if he has to stay at home, I will spend the whole time worrying about him!

Now that all of that is said - what is your plan for keeping your bird safe while camping?
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Re: Tent Camping and Conures?

Quote: Originally Posted by SilverSage View Post
Dear Dad,

My bird is my pet, like a dog - he gets lonely by himself and it is mean to leave him home.
My bird is well trained, he won't make a problem.
What is more "outdoorsy" than a pet bird? Um, nothing! Haha
If we leave the bird at home, he could become sick from poop water, etc, potentially causing us thousands of dollars in vet bills, and perhaps not surviving. He could get somehow injured as he tries to break out of his cage because we are not there.

And most of all - he is my friend, my family member, I love him. I wont have fun on the camping trip if he has to stay at home, I will spend the whole time worrying about him!

Now that all of that is said - what is your plan for keeping your bird safe while camping?
My bird will stay with me the whole time I won't take him out of my site! Also, I will have my own tent. Thanks so much I will try to talk to him!
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