Seperation anxiety

by Jenna Newman
(Australia)

Hi, I have a Rainbow lorikeet (2 Years old) and a Scaley Breasted Lorikeet (2 1/2 years old). We have had them since they were born.

My partner and I are going on a big trip around the world starting April 2011 and am planning to travel for 12 months. We will be leaving our birds to a friend to look after for this time.

Both birds have got a huge bond with both of us and we are worried how they will cope with the seperation. How do you think they will cope? and What can we do to help them before we leave to ease the pain of the seperation?
Thankyou

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Feb 02, 2011
Bird separation anxiety
by: The Avian Vet

The fist 2-3 weeks will be the hardest for them.. After that they should begin to adjust and do OK. They will have each other and they will be with other company. They should be fine. There is nothing special you can do to make the transition any easier.

Dr B

Feb 01, 2011
Seperation anxiety
by: Linda

They will need to be with their caretakers all the time either in your home or in theirs. They will need to be played with and fed well and kept out of any stressful situations for the entire time. In other words if your friend has small children or other stressors that you don't have in your home, then there may be major problems.

The person that is going to take care of them needs to come over and get to know them if they don't already. They need to handle them, feed them, water them and clean their cage a few times a week before you leave. If birds are going to their home, make sure you have both birds checked out by an Avian Vet before the trip. Do that anyway, so there are no surprises while you are away. Infections are common when birds are under stress, and this counts as the experienced stress of abandonment. If your friend is not willing to do all this, then you must find a boarding facility where the birds will be taken care of which will require a health certificate before they'll take them.

If they are well taken care of by people who understand parrots and know your birds, they should be fine. Just make sure birds get to know their caretakers BEFORE you leave as it will make the transition much easier for them. Move their cage or cages and all their toys over to new place so they feel at home.

The other issue is to make up a medical treatment authorization form and sign and date it and have the caretakers also sign and date the form. This gives them permission to take birds to an Avian Vet if needed if they are hurt or sick. If you do not do this, the caretakers cannot legally get required treatment for your birds, so don't forget it. It can be very simple, just make sure it is signed and dated by both you and caretakers in case of injury or illness.State that you will take care of any charges for needed services when you return and then make sure you do it.

I think they can do very well if you follow the above suggestions and only leave them in the care of people they are very familiar with and who don't have too much of a different environment than you do. Small children, cats or dogs if you don't have any of those may cause many problems for your birds including plucking themselves clean of feathers, so choose caretakers and environments very carefully.

Thanks for writing and have a wonderful trip!

Linda

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