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Old 06-14-2018, 08:06 PM
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Question Soon to be bird owner, I need help

Hi everyone! My name is Parker, and after months and months of research and begging, I've found out that I'm going to get a bird for my birthday this Monday!

This is great and all, but I'm having some trouble figuring out the timing of it all. About a week after my birthday, me and my family are going to be out of the house for a week. Then after that I have two more weeks until we leave again for a few days. My original plan was to get the bird in the time between the two trips and then let my friend (who owns a budgie) care for it for the few days I'm gone. But I really want to get the bird as soon as possible. Would it be ok for me to get the bird before the two trips, leave it at my friend's house, come back, leave it again? Or should I wait?
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Old 06-14-2018, 08:10 PM
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Re: Soon to be bird owner, I need help

You aren't going to like the answers you will be getting.

You need to be able to dedicate your time and energy to your new friend.
He/she can't be something you can put on a shelf when it's not convenient for you.

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Re: Soon to be bird owner, I need help

Wait! Think of the confusion for th poor fid!
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Old 06-14-2018, 08:25 PM
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Re: Soon to be bird owner, I need help

The timing of the trips are out of your control. I don't think it will hurt your bird if he stays at your friends house. People take trips all the time and they board their birds.
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Re: Soon to be bird owner, I need help

Along with the posts above I agree wholeheartedly that maybe waiting after the trips would be the best for the sake of the bird. When you first get a bird the new environment, people, sights, and smells are all different which causes quite a bit of stress on their little bodies.
If you truly cannot wait, I would get the bird AFTER the first trip as that is the longest time away from home. The more time you are able to be around the bird at home is better. But congratulations and Happy Birthday!
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Re: Soon to be bird owner, I need help

Thank you for helping out. I'm sorry if it came across like I'm the type of owner to abandon my bird or neglect it. I have done lots of research and I plan to give my bird lots and lots of attention. I was just wondering how soon it is possible to get the bird without harming it and damaging its chances of forming a bond with me. Thanks again for the response!
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Re: Soon to be bird owner, I need help

Thank you so much for the help!
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Re: Soon to be bird owner, I need help

That is what I was worried about, I wasn't sure if it would hurt the bird to stay somewhere else so soon after adoption. Thanks!
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Re: Soon to be bird owner, I need help

Why do you HAVE to get this bird on your birthday? Why not wait until all your traveling is done and you are back home when you are done traveling? It's not really fair to adopt a new bid and expect it to be okay with you leaving for several weeks after you get it.

If you are under 21 and still live at home with your parents, I highly recommend you wait to get a bird until you have a stable income of your own, are done with all schooling and are not traveling. So many times I see students/teenagers excited to get a companion parrot, they do but with such a hectic life (traveling, friends, outside avtivities, school, work, etc.) your life is changing and shifting SO much that it really isn't fair to throw a bird into that equation unless you know you will be at home every single day, for at least a few hours to play with your bird.

Pets of any kind in general don't do well with being brought to different houses to be watched by strangers. If you can't be there every single day to care for your pet, then don't get one.
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Re: Soon to be bird owner, I need help

It's probably best that you get your new friend after your trips.
A new pet, a bird especially, is quite a lot of responsibility. They need companionship and interaction, so leaving them alone as soon as you get them won't be good for them.
Get everything set up, go on your trips and hen you're back and not likely to leave them alone for days t a time, that's when I'd go ahead and get your new friend.

I agree with the user above, if you're young a bird may not be the best kind of pet.
I'm not going to say "no, definitely not". I don't know what kind of person you are, you may be a great match for a parrot, but if you have a hectic lifestyle and tend to be away a lot it isn't the best choice.
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