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Old 02-12-2018, 09:50 AM
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Well the first of the Blue Throat eggs have begun hatching over the past few days (near 20 eggs over 3 nests) so far 4 of them have come out of their shells.

The panic regarding time spent out of the house has taken me now. Suddenly my social life has taken a boon and I began going out more. Mostly on a friday or saturday night but now I'm wracked with the thoughts that I really don't have the time for a bird of any sort. Sure I'm guaranteed at least 2 our 3 week nights to be home by 5:30 but then the other nights I won't be home until gone 7. Weekends are hit and miss. Sometimes I have nothing to do and could easily stay in from Friday night until Monday morning, but then I could have a Saturday like I had this week where I left the house at 8AM and didn't come home until nearing 10. I just don't know if I can do it, but then I keep thinking last year I was prepared, so why not now? Especially as I have infinitely more knowledge than I did.

I'm really starting to plague myself with this decision. If only a parrot was okay on 8 hours sleep
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Old 02-12-2018, 10:10 AM
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Re: Overthinking

I totally understand your worry and thoughts on this. As life goes on it will continue to change, there will always be an ebb and flow to your social life and how often you're home, some weeks you'll be a social butterfly and be out and about then the next few you'll be more home-bound. It really comes down to making your parrot part of that, too. When you go out you could bring your parrot with you sometimes, of course you can't bring a parrot into a bar but if you're going out on a walk/ hanging with friends you could possibly bring your bird, too! just like when people bring their dogs on walks and such.

You can have both a social life and a happy parrot! Obviously you'll want to try to balance it out as much as you can, invite people over and invite them to play with your bird, etc. and try to integrate your parrot into your schedule and the changes in it. Parrots can adapt but they like to be with you, so just be mindful that things do happen, we can't be with them all the time, because life, but you can make small changes to get him out and about with you and learn to balance both social life and home life.
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Old 02-12-2018, 11:18 AM
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Re: Overthinking

Just a couple of quick thoughts;

1) lights on a timer and dark curtains could let you adjust your birds schedule. Also, most birds ARE fine on 8 hours a day of darkness, itís just that sometimes they need the extra darkness to manage hormones.

2) have you considered acquiring a SAME SEX pair of the same or similar species? If you acquire them both as babies and handle them both together constantly, there should be no problem and you wonít have a lonely bird


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Old 02-12-2018, 11:20 AM
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Re: Overthinking

I have been a dog owner all my adult life. Those 2 walks per day, the getting home in time, the choosing destinations that could accommodate him too all became a natural part of life. Before Christmas my dog died and I miss him like an ache in the side but if I'm honest I am relieved that I no longer have the 2 walks no matter the weather or my health. So much as I want a dog I know I can no longer give the commitment..

Only you know if the companionship outweighs the commitment. Perhaps this moment in time is when your life will be in transition and you need to wait and see if there is space for another feathered friend.
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Old 02-12-2018, 12:31 PM
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Re: Overthinking

I also think it's possible you'll want to go out less if you have your parrot. Not out of obligation but out of wanting to be with your birdie! I do go out quite a bit but I often think to myself about going out with friends but then sometimes I'm like "naaaaa cuddles time is better" and cheaper. So I think you'll be fair to yourself and your bird, get out of your head!
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Old 02-12-2018, 12:34 PM
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Re: Overthinking

hold up... 8 hours is fine? That changes SO MUCH Everything I read said 10-12 but I guess that's assuming hormones

To be perfectly honest I'm not a massive fan of drinking constantly anyway as I spend WAY too much so I can do with cutting down a bit. Looks like we've settled in for every couple saturdays anyway and the once a month Friday club night but hey Uber exists for a reason right?

Maybe this is do-able, I'll just need to get my hands on a radio
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Old 02-12-2018, 12:54 PM
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Re: Overthinking

When I leave the house for 2 hours of more I ALWAYS put on cartoons for my birds and make sure they can see the screen also. They live it and when I get back (even if at times it might be 6 or more hours now and then) they're in such a good mood because they didn't feel as board and alone. I have done the same with cartoons off and there is clearly a difference in attitude. That could be something to help.out! I also have this cool foraging wheel toy with little doors on it that I have in each of their cages and I fill it with some treats everytime I know I'll be gone longer than 2 hours because it gives them something to look forward to and something to do that takes a while to work out and keep them occupied. I also take them in the shower and give them a soak while I'm getting ready to go out because it takes like an hour or so for them to dry and while they're drying they do t even really do a whole lot so that soaks up (haha) part of the time I'm gone too! They love a good soaking once a day anyways.
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Old 02-12-2018, 01:02 PM
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Re: Overthinking

on another note I wonder how the breeder is finding time right now. There's going to be around 40+ baby birds all being hand-fed once they've all hatched! Of all different species (mainly conures)
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Old 02-12-2018, 01:05 PM
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Wow! I know Iíll never be feeding that many babies at a time! I find 10-12 to be my limit!


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Old 02-12-2018, 01:13 PM
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Re: Overthinking

I believe he has a few people working with him so that should cut down the feedings but whew, all hands on deck. Pretty much all his breeding pairs decided to lay some eggs within a few days of each other!
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