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    Leaving cockatiel when I am away on vacation

    I rarely go away but I am going on a 5 day vacation and I cant take my cockatiel because it is to long of a drive and I am camping. If I provide her with three food dishe and two water dishes and a new cockatiel seed stick and lots of toys do you think she would be ok for the 5 days? I hate to do it to her but I dont feel comfortable leaving her with someone she doesnt now as she is a timid bird and not the nicest with strangers.My concern is she would be lonely and I have never left her alone for more then one night. Should I leave her alone or have someone she doesnt now look after her? She is my baby and I really dont trust anyone the only person I know of has young children that are very noisy and would be afraid of them teasing her. What should I do?

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    Re: Leaving cockatiel when I am away on vacation

    I would have someone look after her. Have the person come in at least once a day to make sure there is fresh food, and fresh/clean water. Other than that, she will be fine alone.

    You never know what could happen when you are gone. So do not have her unattended for that long.

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    Re: Leaving cockatiel when I am away on vacation

    I too would get someone in or take her to them. It is far safer in case of accidents with toys, (feet, neck caught in them) frights and broken blood feathers and if she poops in all water dishes and it is there a few days there is bacterial contamination of the water to consider too. It will not kill her to stay in cage etc while you are away. Tiels are one of the most forgiving species. I was away for 5 weeks and my tiel lived on seed and no time out of cage. She was fine and I knew she was fed, watered and cleaned up after.

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    Re: Leaving cockatiel when I am away on vacation

    I agree, don't leave her that long without having someone check her. I have vacation feeders for all my birds and mine are water bottle trained just so I can leave for a few days, but I'd never leave them for five. The most I've left them is a day and a half and then I worried myself sick until I called my neighbor and had her go check on the, which they were all fine she actually woke them up. You might consider buying her a travel cage and taking her with you. I have taken my tiel on trips, I've taken one of my conures, they do pretty good. I use a dropper to give them water while in the car, they get millet in their travel cage. I understand you can't always do that, but it is a thought.
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    Re: Leaving cockatiel when I am away on vacation

    I dont think its a good idea taking her in the truck for a 3 hr ride there to the camground with 3 large dogs in the truck and keeping her in the trailer. I would be afraid of temperature change and drafts making her sick. She does travel every weekend with me but its only a 10 minute drive. I think 3 hrs is a bit much. anyway I guess I will have to have someone come check on her daily and change her water and food. Thanks.

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    Re: Leaving cockatiel when I am away on vacation

    Great! Just for future reference, I have taken my tiel on a 15hr trip, an overnight stay with it. She was fine as long as you are aware of comfort factor for the bird. She also was in a smaller cage for my two week stay with out of cage time and was happy through the lot of it, then the 2 day trip home.

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    Re: Leaving cockatiel when I am away on vacation

    ive left my birds for 4 days (had some one change the seed and water in the middle) and one of mine was attacked by a wild bird. came home to a very sick, sore and sorry bird. lost alot of blood and was incredibly lucky that he didnt pass away while i was gone.


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    Re: Leaving cockatiel when I am away on vacation

    Wouldnt keeping her in the trailer cause her to become sick because of the temerature change at night or would she be ok with a towel over her cage?

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    Re: Leaving cockatiel when I am away on vacation

    What temperatures are we talking about? Tiels are wild here and survive in below freezing conditions in the wild.

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    Re: Leaving cockatiel when I am away on vacation

    We are going to a campground in Canada Ontario and its summer so it will probably be very warm during the day and cooler at night, sorry I dont know the exact temperature.

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    Re: Leaving cockatiel when I am away on vacation

    It is up to you. If it gets cold I would wrap cage in towels, leaving a bit of one side open, maybe put a desk lamp close but not too close to burn on one side.
    I have no idea how cold it can get even in summer in Ontario..

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    Re: Leaving cockatiel when I am away on vacation

    I didn't know about the dogs, however, my tiel has traveled over six hours with me and I've had no problems with her at all. I take a dropper to give her water and she does really well in the heat and if it is cold you are concerned about....cover her with a blanket. By trailer do you mean a camper? If so, that would be a great way for her to travel, put her somewhere where her cage won't bounce around, place plenty of towels around her, give her some food like millet and travel......tiels make great travelers.
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    Re: Leaving cockatiel when I am away on vacation

    I live in Ontaio. You need to be prepared for any kind of weather here in the summer. 3 weeks ago it was snowing up north, today its 26c.

    And I agree, 5 days is way to long to leave your bird.

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    Re: Leaving cockatiel when I am away on vacation

    no way

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