Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Southwest Washington
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The lung issues and air-borne diseases in birds is another thing to consider. I will NOT take my birds to a place that boards birds where they could easily pick something up. I have been really fortunate to have a very reliable neighbor girl (young woman now) who really likes them and comes in to change water, feed, visit with them, and clean up after them when we go somewhere.
Our avian vet had also told me that it is healthier for the birds if they can fly for exercise. I dream of having a sun room with a tree for my birds and easy to clean floors with a drain in the room. When I win the lottery! Haha I just think of how I would feel if some creature of another species decided he/she/it would keep me in a room somewhere, never to be allowed out to visit others of my kind, hike in the woods, walk the beach, go to garden shows, buy quilt fabric, whatever.
Our birds do race through the house, screeching. But it still isn't the same as soaring over the trees - free to fly wherever. They don't have to worry about a hawk picking them off though.
I must say that after having these birds, I look at the wild birds outside in a different way. They have their own personalities and it is fun to watch their interactions. Birds are just like us or our Havs, in that two of the same kind (cockatiels) can have such different personalities.
Linda, Augie & Finn's Mom
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