I'm going on vacation next month for 3 1/2 days and I'm leaving my quaker in the care of my dad. She's almost 7 months old, and I've had her for 5 of those months. She's is definitely bonded to me but will not allow anyone else to come near her. I can't find anyone who's willing to dedicate the time to let her get used to them. We spend a LOT of time together and I've had a couple people tell me that I need to stop spending so much time with her because when I leave it will be very bad for her. They said she could even stop eating and die. I'm freaking out. My dad isn't willing to spend time with her, only feed and water her. Any ideas as to what to do? Is it true that she might stop eating?
I don't think it's likely that your parrot would stop eating while you're away. It's unfortunate that you don't have anyone able to take care of her who would be willing to spend time with her both before you leave and while you're gone. It would be better for your parrot to have someone around that she's comfortable with and who would do more than just change her food and water. If there isn't anyone you can really depend upon, you might try asking your parrot's veterinarian if they board parrots or know of someone reliable who could take care of your parrot while you're away.
I agree with cnyguy I don’t think she will stop eating. We went away for a few days when Casey was young. We left her in our house and a neighbour came in a few times a day to feed and check on her. Casey adjusted fine and after only a few days she spoke using my friends voice when we came home. She went back talking like us by the next day or so
Hi! I don't think 3 and a half days of little interaction will be too damaging for her - not ideal, but sometimes we have no choice. If it was going to be for a longer time (such as a couple of weeks) I would definitely try to source a professional birdsitter. It is good that she is very young and therefore quite adaptable in her behavour and not too set in her ways. I think her eating/drinking will be fine. You could start to gradually reduce the time you spend 1:1 time with her (I assume out of the cage?) so the shock is not so great for her when you go away on holiday.
Also, you would be surprised at how much Quakers understand, even when very young - you could try talking to her and telling her what is going to happen. Let her know you are going away for a few days, but that you are coming back and not to worry. Our Bonnie (she is 5 now) seems to understand most of what I say to her. Just talk to your little one a few times and explain what is going to happen so she knows what to expect. Good luck & please keep us updated!
Last Edit: Nov 5, 2019 7:14:41 GMT -5 by biteybird