(Cocoa, Florida, U.S.A)
I have a Sun Conure named Piper. I have had him for about 2 years now. As with many if not all conures/parrots/birds, he is very attached to me, like I am his mommy. I live with my parents, and one time I went to a friend's house for the weekend. I was gone for 2 nights, and when I got home, I was told by my mom that Piper seemed very depressed that I was gone. Piper has this little fuzzy tent thing that he sleeps in (we call it a snuggie), and my mom told me that he would not come out of it the whole time. Not to eat, drink, nothing.
He is fine now if I am only gone for 1 night, but my friends and I are planning on going on a cruise a little over a year from now. My friend told me that this cruise would be a 5 day one. I was wondering if there was anything I could do to help Piper not be so depressed and to be social with others to keep him happy if I need to be gone more than 1 night at a time.
I love my little bird, and I would hate it if he thought I had abandoned him if I'm gone longer than usual.
P.S. I went to a bird store and asked one of the ladies there this same thing. Her suggestion was to take the snuggie away whenever I am gone so he is forced to be social.