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Message #6548. This is a followup to #6544.

Name:Carole J
Date:Sunday October 21, 2007 9:20:04 am MDT
Subject:Re: Leaving birds home alone all day while I work
Message:Kellie, do you mean the MAARS in the Twin Cities area? No. I am talking about PAEP. MAARS is kind of a sore subject with many people who I believe are reputable bird people but who shall go unnamed.

Kellie wrote:
> Carole, are you referring to MAARS?
>
> If so, do you "know" Bubbles and Sake?
>
> As for Piper, I think that if you keep an eye on him and make sure he
> isn't exhibiting and behaviours that indicate he's stressed, then
> you'll both be OK.
>
> Kellie
>
>
> Carole J wrote:
> > THANK YOU KELLIE! I would definitely have a tendency to agree with
> > everything you wrote to me. I do clean with birds on shoulders,
> cook
> > (carefully) and shower with my boys too when they want to. They
> don't
> > always want a shower, so I don't force. I adopted Piper, my
> Nanday,
> > from a rescue organization here in the Minneapolis area where I
> live,
> > and the gal who used to run the organization and I became friends.
> She
> > told me exactly what you are saying, so you have reinforced my
> belief
> > that he can survive the day while mom is at work. He has not (very
> > thankfully) begun to pluck his feathers or do anything to self
> > mutilate. I'm hoping some day to go back home to work (I worked at
> > home doing medical transcription for 7 years and was with my
> birds,
> > who got REALLY SPOILED but now work at the hospital).
> >
> > Kellie wrote:
> > > Carole,
> > >
> > > I have to politely and respectfully disagree with what was said
> to
> > > you in response to your question by another poster.
> > >
> > > Leaving your conure at home for 8-10 hours a day is no big deal.
> > Many
> > > people do it. Don't feel guilty because much of the time you're
> > gone,
> > > your conure is sleeping or otherwise occupying itself. As well,
> > > conures and cockatiels don't have the same requirement of
> > attention
> > > as some of the larger species of parrots. Of course, MORE is
> > always
> > > better, but not NECESSARY. =)
> > >
> > > How can you incorporate spending more time with your birds when
> > you
> > > are away more frequently? Well, as you know, parrots in general
> > like
> > > a routine, but they can grow accustomed to new routines quite
> > > readily. I would suggest that you try to get up a little bit
> > earlier
> > > in the morning and spend more time with your conure and your
> > > cockatiel. Make them more a part of your routine -- have a
> shower
> > > together, do your hair/makeup/etc., together in the bathroom
> (you
> > can
> > > install a perch (there are many for sale that suction cup to
> tile
> > > walls) or you can use a towel rack as a perch), eat breakfast
> > > together, make your bed with them in your room, buy a terrycloth
> > robe
> > > to better enable them to cling to you while you do your morning
> > thing,
> > > read the newspaper together, etc. Alternatively, if you have
> time
> > and
> > > means to come home for lunch, do that. You don't have to do it
> all
> > > the time. It's a nice surprise for her when sometimes I go home
> > for
> > > lunch to spend a few extra minutes with my conure -- but this
> way,
> > > she isn't expecting it. It makes it much more pleasant this way.
>
> > >
> > > I don't suggest getting another bird, since the cockatiel and
> the
> > > conure likely keep each other enough company as it is, even if
> > they
> > > don't interact. Also, as I said, they likely don't mind that you
> > are
> > > gone for that long. Of course, they miss you when you've
> returned,
> > > but they likely aren't mad at you for being gone. They will
> > survive
> > > -- honestly. =)
> > >
> > > Thanks,
> > > Kellie
> > >
> > >
> > > Carole J wrote:
> > > > I want to know if anybody else's birds are left alone all day
> > > while
> > > > they work. I work full time, and my two birds (a Nanday conure
> > and
> > > a
> > > > cockatiel) are in their cages all day at home alone with just
> > > music.
> > > > They have plenty of toys in their cages, but I feel guilty
> > because
> > > I
> > > > used to work at home and was with them all the time for many
> > > years.
> > > > They seem to be no worse for the wear, but I still feel like
> > they
> > > > must just sit there like bumps on logs all day. How do I get
> > past
> > > the
> > > > guilt? I do let them out after I get home, but some days I
> work
> > > out
> > > > and am gone until 7 or 8 at night.

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