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Old 10-26-2011, 06:20 PM
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Re: Give my bird up or have a lonely bird for a month?

I agree with everyone else, Keep Them! the trauma of rehoming them would be much greater than having them lonely for a short time. When we go away I always have one or two of my kids friends stay over and while they are not all confident at handling Puffin they are company for him and he loves the attention. One of the girls was terrified of him when we first got him and now she is one of the few who can get him out of his cage without me being there and he loves playing with her.
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Old 10-26-2011, 08:41 PM
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Re: Give my bird up or have a lonely bird for a month?

I've got to agree with most posts I've read. 6 weeks is a small portion of your birds lives. If you love them and provide them with a good home, then please don't consider giving them to anyone else.
I had a bird offered to me that I couldn't take.....it went through 8 homes before it came back to a friend of mine 2 years later. Luckily, that friend has had her (she's a little lovebird hybrid) for over 9 years now.
Just an example of what can happen.
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Old 10-26-2011, 08:50 PM
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Re: Give my bird up or have a lonely bird for a month?

I'd say keep them! I like what other people said about seeing if a friend can come over and visit them too, but even if not, don't worry too much. They are only with other parrots in the wild, and they are capable of keeping each other company! :-)
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Old 10-27-2011, 07:06 PM
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Re: Give my bird up or have a lonely bird for a month?

Thanks everyone. I am going to keep them. I think I just needed to hear that I'm not some evil person now that im not giving them their normal amount of attention. I would miss them a lot once everything slows down and I know my amazon would not do well with a big change. Ive also convinced a friend to stop by the one day a week I'm gone from 6am-midnight to change their water and talk to them. Thanks all
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Old 11-01-2011, 02:22 PM
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Re: Give my bird up or have a lonely bird for a month?

Ozzy, this sounds rather primative but try leaving the TV on when u leave the house for him. I let Hahnzel watch HGTV and stuff like that, and keep it clean, don't want a cussing bird!
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Old 11-01-2011, 02:42 PM
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Re: Give my bird up or have a lonely bird for a month?

Oh I am so happy to hear you decided to keep your bird! Phew!

I keep trying to tell people, birds are more resilient then people give them credit for. My schedule recently changed to with a job promotion. I don't get near the time with our birds that I used to have. But they've adjusted nicely. And I still get them out most nights of the week, it's just later then they were used to. They don't seem to mind, they LOVE to be up past "curfew"

Again, so glad you decided to keep him.

Just an FYI also. I have a friend who took in a dear friends macaw when hard times struck him. He didn't want to give up his bird and my friend said, hey no worries, I love birds! Paco and I will get a long great, I'll take him until you are back on your feet. And she did and it was a win/win for both of them. A couple times Paco's owner got the chance to stop in for dinner and to see Paco and check on his well being and when things got better and he got his own place again. Paco and him were reunited and still live happily every after.

I know this doesn't happen for everyone, but it's just a thought I had for you, perhaps you know a friend or relative you could keep in mind who'd be happy to temporarily care for your bird, should things go astray for a long term scenario.

But a month? No way...a year...yea I'd probably be thinking of someone to help me out.

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Re: Give my bird up or have a lonely bird for a month?

Great news! And I agree with the TV-- or radio-- being left on or them. Classical music or jazz perhaps? good luck with your program!
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Old 11-01-2011, 02:55 PM
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Re: Give my bird up or have a lonely bird for a month?

I agree with the others who have suggested to keep.
Just make sure that you have plenty of toys available.
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Old 11-01-2011, 02:57 PM
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Re: Give my bird up or have a lonely bird for a month?

Yes and leave the television or some music on while you're out.
We leave the classical music station on for ours.
They love it. Haha.
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