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Old 07-01-2015, 12:09 PM
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Re: Someone asked me to bird-sit

In that situation I just wouldn't. Chances are thats time for you away from your own parrot, and it doesn't sound like you're close to the owner anyway - It's hard work bird sitting sometimes and so I only do it for those I know and know well!

Two extremes though - the flip side is I have my in-laws cockatoo here no worries. But I know the bird well (he lives next door) and my in-laws well, and they often do the same for me.
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Old 07-01-2015, 01:07 PM
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Re: Someone asked me to bird-sit

Since each situation is different, I'd just use your best judgement, and quarantine regardless. I would also 'feel' inclined to ask for blood tests for viruses, but then you risk the friend being completely insulted and not understanding where it is that you're coming from by asking that. Again, it's a judgement call with how comfortable you feel about this particular bird in your home.
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Old 07-01-2015, 01:59 PM
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Re: Someone asked me to bird-sit

I always start that conversation by saying "are you familiar with the 'big three' bird diseases? Well we have confirmed cases of two of them on the island and they are so contageus that your bird could literally get infected because you shop at the same grocery store as someone who has an aunt who has an infected bird, because they can be transmitted through feather dander. I know you are a super great bird owner, but I'm so scared for my flock right now that I just have to be really paranoid. I have friends who aren't even letting people come over to their houses right now! Anyway, getting the tests is super cheap and it would help set your mind at ease, too, plus birds should see the vet regularly anyway. I just don't let any birds into my house that have not been tested. If your tests come back clean though, I would love to!"

And yes we just had both a PBFD and Polyoma scares, and yes I was furious at how people disregarded the warnings and poopood us for suggesting testing...
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Old 07-01-2015, 06:26 PM
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Re: Someone asked me to bird-sit

Thank you everyone for your input. You've been very helpful to me in forming my emails in a way that would not offend her.

I haven't heard back since my last email, so I'm not sure if this will be happening anyways. It really would end up being a LOT more trouble for me than it's worth.
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Old 07-07-2015, 06:16 AM
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Re: Someone asked me to bird-sit

So, an update.

The more I talk to this lady, the more I get the feeling she is probably looking to actually rehome her tiel. She is super sweet and really cares about him, but she keeps talking about being worried that he isn't happy with her and writes me huge long letters in response to my simple questions. She also originally said 10 days, but suddenly she doesn't know how long she'll be gone..

The bird is a total seed junkie and refuses fresh food as well apparently. It's hard to say no but I'm worried I'm going to end up having a bird dropped off that won't be picked back up. Not that I don't want another bird right now, it's just that in order to purchase new toys, quarantine, disrupt my routine right now while I'm working 6 days a week in school and planning a wedding, I just feel like it may be too much of a risk in so many ways.

Thank you everyone for all of the advice on this issue.
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Re: Someone asked me to bird-sit

Erm good call. I agreed to sit a B&G for a friend....7 months ago. Guess who's still here :-)
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Old 07-07-2015, 12:05 PM
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Re: Someone asked me to bird-sit

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Erm good call. I agreed to sit a B&G for a friend....7 months ago. Guess who's still here :-)
Haha exactly what I'm afraid of! And I have such a soft spot for cockatiels I know I wouldn't be able to be angry about it :P
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Old 07-08-2015, 05:15 PM
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Re: Someone asked me to bird-sit

Quote: Originally Posted by Kyoto View Post
So, an update.

The more I talk to this lady, the more I get the feeling she is probably looking to actually rehome her tiel. She is super sweet and really cares about him, but she keeps talking about being worried that he isn't happy with her and writes me huge long letters in response to my simple questions. She also originally said 10 days, but suddenly she doesn't know how long she'll be gone..

The bird is a total seed junkie and refuses fresh food as well apparently. It's hard to say no but I'm worried I'm going to end up having a bird dropped off that won't be picked back up. Not that I don't want another bird right now, it's just that in order to purchase new toys, quarantine, disrupt my routine right now while I'm working 6 days a week in school and planning a wedding, I just feel like it may be too much of a risk in so many ways.

Thank you everyone for all of the advice on this issue.
I'm glad you made that call! But I just don't understand why people can't be upfront. It angers me that people just drop off their animal, and think, well that person is taking care of it for me for a week. Surely he can take care of it forever? Just because it's an extra, I don't know, a few hundred doesn't mean much, right?!

Uh, no. NO. It doesn't work like that, hun.
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