How Long Can Parakeets Be Left Alone?

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How Long Can Parakeets Be Left Alone?

Post by cr.. » Fri, 22 Sep 2006 01:16:47



a 2-3 day random unplanned long weekend is just a fantasy, but how long
can a keet be
left alone if given extra water, seed, etc....

am considering getting birds again and am wondering if this will be a
stumbling block.  the boarding bill for our animals comes close to the
cost of a regular vacation...

thx all - Craig

 
 
 

How Long Can Parakeets Be Left Alone?

Post by Skateboarde » Fri, 22 Sep 2006 23:02:47


Quote:

> a 2-3 day random unplanned long weekend is just a fantasy, but how long
> can a keet be
> left alone if given extra water, seed, etc....

I think 2 days is okay, as long as there is enough water and food.  The
longest I have left my***atiels alone is about 1.5 days or so.  The bad
thing is that when you finally get back home, you will probably have to
clean up a big mess (poop, seed, etc. everywhere).
 
 
 

How Long Can Parakeets Be Left Alone?

Post by Starligh » Fri, 22 Sep 2006 23:47:16



Quote:
>a 2-3 day random unplanned long weekend is just a fantasy, but how long
>can a keet be
>left alone if given extra water, seed, etc....

>am considering getting birds again and am wondering if this will be a
>stumbling block.  the boarding bill for our animals comes close to the
>cost of a regular vacation...

We've left our keets alone for up to 5 days.  However, our keets are
free-flighted in a bird room that is set up specifically for them and
can be closed off from the rest of the house.  It was easy to set up
enough seed and water to last, and I put a radio on a timer so they
would have some noise and stimulation throughout the day.   Before we
left, I scrubbed their cages and all their seed cups and water tubes
with a vinegar solution to get them as clean as possible.

I don't recommend leaving them for long periods often, though, because
although they're getting nutraparakeet seeds/pellets, they aren't
getting any fresh foods.  There's also the possibility one of them
will get sick or injured while you're not there.  It's a risk you have
to consider, although I feel they're safer in my house than they would
be being boarded with strange, potentially ill birds.  They're also
much happier and less stressed being in familiar surroundings.

 
 
 

How Long Can Parakeets Be Left Alone?

Post by Jangchu » Sat, 23 Sep 2006 02:48:58


Maybe I'm too overprotective, but we don't leave our bird for more
than about ten hours.  She's gotten used to me being home with her and
while one day seems to be nothing to me, it may be an eternity for a
bird whose lifestyle is dependant on me and my husband.

So, since you have a few Parakeets, I'd say maybe two days at the most
because after that the water will certainly be festering bacteria.  I
would also say you should leave them in a cage for their protection.

That's what I would do if I were to leave her.  However, we rarely do.

 
 
 

How Long Can Parakeets Be Left Alone?

Post by cr.. » Sat, 23 Sep 2006 06:02:39


Quote:

> Maybe I'm too overprotective, but we don't leave our bird for more
> than about ten hours.  She's gotten used to me being home with her and
> while one day seems to be nothing to me, it may be an eternity for a
> bird whose lifestyle is dependant on me and my husband.

> So, since you have a few Parakeets, I'd say maybe two days at the most
> because after that the water will certainly be festering bacteria.  I
> would also say you should leave them in a cage for their protection.

> That's what I would do if I were to leave her.  However, we rarely do.

in terms of water, what kind of container do you use for them?

we give our guinea pigs water with big bottles with a ball valve that
keeps the water tube closed.  they just stick their tongue in the end,
the ball moves and water comes out.

can keets be trained to use such a container?  that would solve a lot
of the problems of getting their water supply dirty and you could set
up more than enough supply for a 2 days..

Craig

 
 
 

How Long Can Parakeets Be Left Alone?

Post by Jangchu » Sat, 23 Sep 2006 06:32:58



Quote:


>> Maybe I'm too overprotective, but we don't leave our bird for more
>> than about ten hours.  She's gotten used to me being home with her and
>> while one day seems to be nothing to me, it may be an eternity for a
>> bird whose lifestyle is dependant on me and my husband.

>> So, since you have a few Parakeets, I'd say maybe two days at the most
>> because after that the water will certainly be festering bacteria.  I
>> would also say you should leave them in a cage for their protection.

>> That's what I would do if I were to leave her.  However, we rarely do.

>in terms of water, what kind of container do you use for them?

>we give our guinea pigs water with big bottles with a ball valve that
>keeps the water tube closed.  they just stick their tongue in the end,
>the ball moves and water comes out.

>can keets be trained to use such a container?  that would solve a lot
>of the problems of getting their water supply dirty and you could set
>up more than enough supply for a 2 days..

>Craig

Yes, I do use a water bottle described and certainly parakeets can
learn to use them.  Regardless, the water will develop slime even if
food doesn't touch it.  
 
 
 

How Long Can Parakeets Be Left Alone?

Post by birdma » Sat, 23 Sep 2006 11:05:55



Quote:


>> Maybe I'm too overprotective, but we don't leave our bird for more
>> than about ten hours.  She's gotten used to me being home with her and
>> while one day seems to be nothing to me, it may be an eternity for a
>> bird whose lifestyle is dependant on me and my husband.

>> So, since you have a few Parakeets, I'd say maybe two days at the most
>> because after that the water will certainly be festering bacteria.  I
>> would also say you should leave them in a cage for their protection.

>> That's what I would do if I were to leave her.  However, we rarely do.

> in terms of water, what kind of container do you use for them?

> we give our guinea pigs water with big bottles with a ball valve that
> keeps the water tube closed.  they just stick their tongue in the end,
> the ball moves and water comes out.

> can keets be trained to use such a container?  that would solve a lot
> of the problems of getting their water supply dirty and you could set
> up more than enough supply for a 2 days..

> Craig

Allegedly, this is doable.  I personally haven't done it, but there's an
easier alternative.  Get one of those tube drinkers, and set it next to a
comfy perch.  The plastic ones from PetSmart are easy to use, easy to clean.
From what I remember, you have to leave the original dishes in the cage for
awhile, while the birds explore and figure out how to use the drinker.
Since I can't see, what I did was hang a small Christmas decoration bell
above the drinker, to attract their attention.  Plus, I could hear when they
were over there messing with it.  After a few days, the area around it was
wet - water, not poops- so I figured they were using it.
The tricky part is the cage design.  You have to be able to squeeze the
trough part through the bars, because the tube part's on the outside.  You
could put the whole mechanism inside, but with keets or other hookbills,
they'd no doubt get curious and take it apart.

P.s. I've seen canaries pull stuff apart too ...

 
 
 

How Long Can Parakeets Be Left Alone?

Post by XXXXgizzieXXX » Fri, 29 Sep 2006 08:12:33



Quote:
> am considering getting birds again and am wondering if this will be a
> stumbling block.  the boarding bill for our animals comes close to the
> cost of a regular vacation...

    You ain't a woofin'.  We just took our first trip TOGETHER in five
years, between the kennel and the pet sitter, we had $500 spent before we
left the driveway.

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