home alone!!: canary do's & don'ts
There are varied opinions on how you should look after your feathered friends while you sun it up on vacation, or just visit family or friends. You have to choose what best suits you and your stud and use a bit of common sense when planning on leaving your birds for any extended period of time.
- More serious breeders tend to take their vacations around Christmas as there is a lull of activity in the bird-room at this time of year.
- If you are away for only a few days you may be okay to add extra water drinkers and seed bowls. Even then it is a good idea to have someone come and check in on your birds to ensure all is well.
- If you are away for longer periods it may be advisable to house as many birds as possible in flight cages or flights for ease of care. This way your bird-sitter will have less to contend with when looking after your birds. Also have an experienced person to care for and look after your birds for you.
- Use a liquid sanitiser in water drinkers if the water isn't going to be changed as frequently as usual.
- Do not think that if you are going away for an extended period of time that all will be okay, usually what can go wrong, will go wrong.
- Do not expect someone who is unfamiliar with your bird-room and routine to be able to look after your birds as well as ourself. Give the person looking after your birds a few weeks to familiarise themselves with it all.
- Do not make it widely known you are away, with an ever increasing amount of bird theft in the UK discretion is the better part of valour.