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Last Post 05-11-2015 7:48 PM by  tetchy_raffles
Keeping birds and working full time
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29-10-2015 1:13 PM

    Hi all, I am fairly new to Birdline and do not yet have any birds although I am very keen to change this. The main thing that has been bothering me though, is whether with my current circumstances, taking on a bird would really be fair to them. I work full time out of necessity rather than choice, and typically am out of the house around 10 hours of the day. As such I am already happy to take 2 birds rather than 1, the thought of 1 poor soul sitting there all day on its own is heartbreaking. Do you think though, even with 2 to keep each other company that they can get a good quality of life if they are to be left alone for these regular periods of time? 

    I am aware there can be huge varying factors such as the cage environment they are kept in, the temperament of the bird etc. and how much time and attention they get the rest of the time. I would be interested to hear peoples opinions, this is something I have tried to do a bit of reading into and always seems, understandably so, a bit of a grey area.

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    03-11-2015 7:19 PM
    Prrobably best to have a word with your local ACO or Manager - they would be in a position to advise you if they have any birds in your area that would suit that type of arrangement. Working full time certainly doesn't exclude you from keeping birds but the birds have to come first and it would need to be a situation the birds would be happy with :-)
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    03-11-2015 7:40 PM
    There's a similar question that was put on the Forum recently - two birds (or more) are better than one if you work all day. Routine is important, so you need to know that when you come home, you will need to spend time with the birds out of the cage. If you have a busy social life, and are out most evenings, that's what's not fair to the birds. If you're home most evenings and can manage to spend time interacting with birds as part of your routine, that'll be fine. You're right - it does depend on the personality and needs of each individual bird. Take Debs' advice, contact your local ACO or Manager. They should be able to explain in greater detail. Welcome to the Madhouse! Remember, there's always the weekend, when the birds can come out much more...
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    05-11-2015 7:48 PM
    Hi both, thank you for your replies. It is reassuring to know that we could maybe offer the right birds a good home - I absolutely agree that the birds needs have to come first. I will email my local Manager - as well as potentially fostering/safehousing I am interested in offering my admin services to Birdline if they would be of use


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