Will my 13-year-old male cockatiel be okay at boarding shop while I'm away for two-weeks???

by MIss Sanner
(New York, NY)

I have never left my sweet loving 13-year-old male cockatiel behind and I will be going away for two weeks on a business trip (out of the country as well!). There is no one that I trust to take care of him while I'm away. In other words, the person would have to love birds and understand their behaviors, be knowledgeable, etc.

Is it safe to board my cockatiel in a bird boarding shop? I'm just afraid that my baby will think that I'm giving him away, abandoning him, feel stressed while I'm not there to comfort him, will he be afraid of the other birds, and what about possible diseases from other birds?

My cockatiel is healthy as a whistle, lively and fiercely independent. However, this will be the first time in 13 years that I'll be away from him and vice-versa. Please advise! Thank you so much.

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Apr 09, 2009
Leaving my bird for two weeks
by: Miss Sanner

Thank you so much, Tracie. I will definitely make sure the facility requires all birds to have a current health certificate prior to boarding. Also, I'll make sure the staff know how to handle birds and I'm sure they will bring comfort to my concerns, haha! My cockatiel has a "penthouse" cage, but he does have a standard cockatiel cage and I will fill this cage with his toys, perches, his food and his treats! Again, thank you for your prompt reply. Thanks, Tracie!

Apr 08, 2009
Leaving bird for two weeks
by: Tracie

I am sorry you are going through this, but it sounds like you have no choice.

If you have checked out the boarding facility and they are clean and will give your bird attention, your bird will probably be fine. I do say probably because there are no guarantees in life.

Make sure that the facility requires that the other birds boarded have a health certificate from an avian vet so that you don't have to worry about your bird getting a disease.

Make sure if you don't bring the bird's usual cage, that you bring toys and perches that the bird is familiar with so that it feels like it is not completely in a strange place.

Some birds handle separation better than others. We have no way of knowing how your bird will do, I hope everything goes well.

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