Hiya folks,I am considering getting a couple budgies, and as a first-time bird owner I was wondering what other people did with their birds when they went on vacation or were otherwise out of the house for a while. Do you take the birds with you? How to budgies handle travel? I recently moved out of my parents house for the first time and go back to visit them every few weeks for a weekend. My mother's comment was "Well, you can leave them by themselves for a few days, can't you?" I wasn't sure.

I'm used to owning dogs and I know that I'd never leave a dog alone in my house for a weekend, mostly because there'd be no one there to feed it or let it outside. Would anyone here recommend leavng them alone (with enough food and water, of course) or would taking them with me be preferable (the trip is about three hours long)? If I took them on frequent short car trips to get them used to it do you think they'd be able to handle longer trips every once and a while without too much stress?
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Hiya folks, I am considering getting a couple budgies, and as a first-time bird owner I was wondering what other ... it do you think they'd be able to handle longer trips every once and a while without too much stress?

When we go on vacation we have someone come to the house and check the birds several times a day. I want to make sure they have fresh clean water and that they haven't thrown all of their food out. The same person also lets the dogs out and feeds the chickens, peafowl and barn cats. If we go away for more than a weekend, we have someone stay at the house.
Debbie, Dusty(cag) and Casperella (U2)
Hiya folks, I am considering getting a couple budgies, and as a first-time bird owner I was wondering what other people did with their birds when they went on vacation or were otherwise out of the house for a while.

I leave my budgies at home for long weekends very often. I have the tube water containers so they have enough clean water, and I fill 2 seed cups in their cage. My budgies are in a bird room, where they are allowed free flight, so I set up little trays of seed and water too. Sometimes I put a radio on a timer to "keep them company"; I don't use a light timer, though...just let them go with the natural sunrise/sunset.
My problem is with the finches...I worry that they won't have enough seed for the 2 days, and I do put 2 water containers and fill their little bathing "window". They do not have free flight, so can't access more food than what is in their cage. I also hate to leave them without fresh food, but they seem to do ok for just the weekend.

None of my birds like to travel, but many people take their birds with them. Three hours in a car isn't too long, as long as the cage is secure so they aren't bumped around and so nothing swings around in the cage to injure them. I have a small travel cage for when we have to go somewhere, but they don't like it.
When we go away for a longer period, I have someone stop in once a day to refill seed cups and water and keep them company for a little while.
Becky
Hiya folks, I am considering getting a couple budgies, and as a first-time bird owner I was wondering what other ... it do you think they'd be able to handle longer trips every once and a while without too much stress?

Leaving them for a weekend or more is cruel and irresponsible and in some countries such as U.K. illegal.
What would happen if one got a wing caught between the bars or something? I wonder how many panic stricken days it would take to die with a broken wing? What if they got sick, or managed to empty their water container. Death from thrist is a horrible way to die. Budgies will travel well normally and you might find they really enjoy the motion of the car and cling to the bars and chirp happily. Take them with you.
Do you recommend I get them used to traveling before trying to take them on a three-hour trip? Does anybody take their birds on car rides on a regular basis, like to the grocery store? I remember reading that birds can be very stressed out by long car trips, but at the time I was researching larger parrots (which I do not have the room, nor the time for at the moment) and I don't know if the same is true for budgies.
All of my baby birds and most of my house birds travel to and from my office on a regular basis. They are in route for at least 30-45 minutes each trip and have done well on longer trips. The only problem child is my Mollucan Cockatoo he gets car sick and throws up. Properly set up I think nearly any bird can become comfortable with traveling and I like to think they enjoy it. By the chattering I have to think they are at least not overtly stressed.
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Leaving them for a weekend or more is cruel and irresponsible and in some

It's no more cruel than hoarding animals like you do.
countries such as U.K. illegal.

SFW?
What would happen if one got a wing caught between the bars or something?

What if...? What if...? What if...? This is the most ridiculous argument you could have come up with
I wonder how many panic stricken days it would take to die with a broken wing?

I don't. I have better more useful things to wonder about.
What if they got sick, or managed to empty their water container. Death from thrist is a horrible way to die.

A budgie is not going to die from dehydration over a weekend.
Budgies will travel well normally and you might find they really enjoy the motion of the car and cling to the bars and chirp happily. Take them with you.

Using your argument of "what if...?" What if there's a car accident? What if the plane crashes? What if Mom's cat really likes the tase of bird? What if Mom's furnace malfunctions and the birds die of carbon monoxide poisoning? What if you get carjacked by someone who enjoys torturing animals? Considering all this ridiculous *** that could happen if you take the birds with you, it's best to leave them at home.
ZQ
What if this is one of your better posts jynx?.. chuckling
Dave
Leaving them for a weekend or more is cruel and irresponsible and in some countries such as U.K. illegal. What would happen if one got a wing caught between the bars or something?

To each his/her own. In 7 years I've never had a problem with any of my birds being left alone. The same could happen to a bird during the night, or if one works 12-hour shifts.
I leave more than enough food and water, so no way they will starve or become dehydrated.
To the OT...you'll get tons of advice..do what you feel is right for you. After you have the birds for awhile, you'll get a feel for what's right for them.
Becky
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