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Old 06-30-2015, 10:57 AM
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Someone asked me to bird-sit

Hello everyone,
A friend of a friend is leaving town for 10 days, and like me she wants someone who would let her bird out and spend time with it while she is gone. It's a cockatiel, so how could I say no :P I believe he will be coming to stay at my house, but still need to confirm this.

I was just wondering if I should treat this as if I was quarantining or should I give him and Kyo the opportunity to see each other? We do have cats so my only real safe options for them would be to either keep one of them in my bedroom or to cage them both in kyo's room with separate times out of the cage.

What do you folks think is the best way to go about this?
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Old 06-30-2015, 11:05 AM
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Re: Someone asked me to bird-sit

I have a standard answer for bird sitting. "Sure, but first your bird needs a gram stain and to be tested for PBFD, Polyoma, and Psittacosis." I then explains that Avian BioTech can do the disease testing for around $20/test, and the grams gain costs about $40 at a well bird vet visit. Anyone who doesn't value the health of my flock enough to understand why I want this needs to find a different bird sitter.

When the bird is in my home they do not share play stands, etc, with my birds, and I do not put them in my bird room. I also don't have them out of the cages together because they don't know each other.

Not staying that's what you should do, it's just what I do.
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Old 06-30-2015, 11:14 AM
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Re: Someone asked me to bird-sit

The best way is to treat it as a quarantine situation if you know nothing about the birds health.
That being said, I wouldn't worry about anything - I'm not saying you shouldn't, only that I wouldn't.

I've noticed here that when someone mentions quarantining a bird, they get told how important it is and they get all kinds of advice on the subject. But if someone brings home a new bird and almost immediately posts pictures of it with their existing bird to show how well the two get along with each other, nobody says a word about quarantine, they just gush at how wonderful the new bird is.
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Re: Someone asked me to bird-sit

Quote: Originally Posted by Rockford View Post
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I've noticed here that when someone mentions quarantining a bird, they get told how important it is and they get all kinds of advice on the subject. But if someone brings home a new bird and almost immediately posts pictures of it with their existing bird to show how well the two get along with each other, nobody says a word about quarantine, they just gush at how wonderful the new bird is.
You clearly miss a whole lot of threads/posts if you are under that impression.
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Old 06-30-2015, 11:22 AM
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Re: Someone asked me to bird-sit

I agree, we usually mention something.
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Old 06-30-2015, 11:26 AM
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Re: Someone asked me to bird-sit

Thanks for the advice. I'll keep the bird away from Kyo and keep it in our bedroom.
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Old 06-30-2015, 11:45 AM
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Re: Someone asked me to bird-sit

I should also mention there are birds I will never sit because I don't trust them to be healthy, no matter what the vet says. I only sit if I have seen the home.
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Old 06-30-2015, 11:46 AM
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Re: Someone asked me to bird-sit

I'd use common sense. How close is the friend? How long have they had their bird? Do they take their bird to regular AV appointments? I mean, come on, if this is one of your best friends who has a 15 year old bird they've had since a baby that sees the vet annually and is in perfect health, it isn't really a risk. A "friend" you barely know who has a bird they got 6 months ago who looks ratty and sickly, that's a different story. Just my .02
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Re: Someone asked me to bird-sit

I'm going to TRY to convince them to let me go to their house, but again I've only had an initial inquiry so waiting for a response right now.
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Old 07-01-2015, 05:40 AM
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Re: Someone asked me to bird-sit

Well, the good news is she is happy to get him vet checked. The bad news is she will not have me come to her house to take care of him because she doesn't think he'd get enough attention. I don't think she understands that even if he comes here he's going to have to spend time locked in a room to stay safe from my husband'so cats. I'll see where it goes from here. I might put hubby on cockatiel duty if this ends up actually happening.

This girl is a friend of a friend. So not willing to take any risks at all.
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