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Old 04-29-2014, 01:46 PM
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do you think it's safe?

hello, i've posted here before, but i have more questions.

i am a sophomore in high school and have begun thinking about college. my lovebird is a documented esa (emotional support animal) so i can bring it with me to college if i want. i would want to go to a west coast school but not california (too many earthquakes) like willamette or something. but i don't know if it's safe for my bird. there are lots of dangers and my bird is sometimes loud. basically, i want to know if you all think it's a good idea.

my parents aren't so sure that i should bring it. but i really love it and it makes me feel so much better. my bird really does help me.

i'd appreciate any thoughts.
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Old 04-29-2014, 02:12 PM
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Re: do you think it's safe?

How about you go there for a few weeks first and check out the dangers,ask your neighbors or roommate if you have one ,whether or not they would mind.
After that you could decide if you want to bring them.
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Old 04-29-2014, 02:24 PM
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Re: do you think it's safe?

Hello,

Well I guess everything in life comes down to weighing your options

Where would the bird be better off?
What would the birds quality of life be like if you left it at home?
Would you live in a dorm or a private residence?

Is it more important to have the bird with you for emotional support or more important to protect the bird?

At least you have time to think about it AND in that time you may grow and not need the bird for emotional support as much

(even though we all LOVE our birds like they were our children )

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Old 04-29-2014, 03:35 PM
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Re: do you think it's safe?

I think it's great your lovebird is an ESA . Like others have suggested, scope out the area first and figure out what your living conditions are going to be like. If you're going to live in the dorms, I wouldn't recommend a bird because the possibilities of being harmed through smoke, perfume, and harsh chemical cleaners that they use is likely.

Living off campus isn't always "ideal", but it gives you far more freedom and control over your living environment and lifestyle. If you could live in a condo, apartment, or house that is smoke-free and well ventilated, I'd say go ahead and bring her/him. I've been living off campus going on four years now, and there were some places I stayed that I would never have a bird in. Now that I have Avery, I'm very cautious about where I stay. I used to live in a dingy house in the basement room, and the mold was so bad I ended up with minor respiratory problems until I moved out ! My roommates also didn't believe in fully removing non-stick cookware despite having budgies themselves, so I decided against having a bird then. Now that I live with my boyfriend we have far more freedom over our living environment and all is safe and dandy for my baby !

With all that being said, you have to consider the possibility of living with other people who will not understand or respect your bird if you can't afford to live on your own. They may use harsh cleaners, wear strong cologne or perfume, burn their food to a crisp using non-stick cleaners or use the auto-clean function on their oven, or even ask you to get rid of your bird versus move out if they don't like the noise. Just try to scope out where you'll live and what the rules are there. Then you can start weighing your options
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Old 04-30-2014, 04:02 AM
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Re: do you think it's safe?

Hi! My lovebird is an E.S.A. too.

I do agree with everyone else. Though I haven't gone yet, I think college visits would really help you figure out what's there. Have you done some sort of virtual room tour? Some websites even tell you what is in each dorm (is there an oven? counter space? a sink?), I believe.

A few colleges require first-year students to live on campus, so if you're worried about your bird, you might have to leave it behind for the first year. Once you come back and can get an apartment (like Dinosrawr said), you might feel safer.
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Re: do you think it's safe?

All dangers aside, you're going to have some pretty pissed off fellow students if you're in a dorm and your bird can be heard from outside your room on a regular basis.
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Re: do you think it's safe?

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All dangers aside, you're going to have some pretty pissed off fellow students if you're in a dorm and your bird can be heard from outside your room on a regular basis.
yeah, that's another thing i'm worried about. lately, though, it has been calming down a little. guess we'll just have to see... thank you everyone who responded.
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