Leaving for 4 months

by Eric

Hello, I have a 1 year old Green Cheek Conure, who is very strongly bonded to me. I live with 2 other roommates whom he knows, but ignores as long as I am around.

I'm strongly considering taking a deployment for work where I can't bring him. The deployment will be for four months, and my roommates have agreed to take care of him if I leave.

I'm worried about the impact this could have on him, since I spend a lot of time with him, and I know my roommates won't be able to give him as much attention as I do.

How harmful would 4 months without me be to not only my relationship with him but also to his overall well being. I really care about him, but the opportunity I'm presented with is too good to pass up.

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Nov 18, 2011
Leaving bird with friends for months
by: Tracie

Thank you for considering your bird, first of all.

This can go just about any direction, because all birds react differently to these kinds of situations.

The positive here is that the bird will live in the same "safe place" as far as it is concerned. The people caring for it will be known "flock" members, even though the "flock leader" - you, will be gone.

If your roommates are sincere that they will spend time with the bird, the bird will be fine. What might change is that the bird may bond with one of them and not prefer you when you return.

Most of the time, from what I understand from a breeder friend where I live, the birds are very happy when their owners return and things go back to normal, with maybe the bird wanting to be with you more maybe because it thinks you might leave again.

I have known of birds that were just mad when the owners returned, but they got over it in a day or two. These birds were left at my breeder friends shop though, where her kids played with them and gave them a bunch of attention.

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