How Long Can Parakeets Be Left Alone?

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Anonymous:
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
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Skateboarder:
[nq:1]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..[/nq]
I think 2 days is okay, as long as there is enough water and food. The longest I have left my cockatiels 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).
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Starlight:
[nq:1]a 2-3 day random unplanned long weekend is just a fantasy, but how long can a keet be left alone ... will be a stumbling block. the boarding bill for our animals comes close to the cost of a regular vacation...[/nq]
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.
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Jangchub:
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.
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Anonymous:
[nq:1]Maybe I'm too overprotective, but we don't leave our bird for more than about ten hours. She's gotten used to ... a cage for their protection. That's what I would do if I were to leave her. However, we rarely do.[/nq]
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
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Jangchub:
[nq:2]Maybe I'm too overprotective, but we don't leave our bird ... if I were to leave her. However, we rarely do.[/nq]
[nq:1]in terms of water, what kind of container do you use for them? we give our guinea pigs water with ... of getting their water supply dirty and you could set up more than enough supply for a 2 days.. Craig[/nq]
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.
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birdman:
[nq:2]Maybe I'm too overprotective, but we don't leave our bird ... if I were to leave her. However, we rarely do.[/nq]
[nq:1]in terms of water, what kind of container do you use for them? we give our guinea pigs water with ... of getting their water supply dirty and you could set up more than enough supply for a 2 days.. Craig[/nq]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 ...
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XXXXgizzieXXXX:
[nq:1]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...[/nq]
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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