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Last Post 30-07-2013 5:35 PM by  Helen W
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16-02-2012 4:12 PM

    I am considering becoming a member and had a couple of questions.  Once I have fostered a bird does it remain property of Birdline? If so do i cover all the vets bills ect? If I foster a bird do I have to remaine a member for the birds lifetime?

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    16-02-2012 10:40 PM
    Hi and welcome.

    In answer to your questions, you have to be a member of Birdline before you can apply to foster a bird. If your application is successful, it is your responsibility to pay all the bird's costs and yes, you have to remain a member of Birdline.

    Hope this helps. Be great to tell us some more about yourself. Have you birds of your own?? We love pictures of our feathered friends.
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    17-02-2012 1:27 AM
    Hi, if you become a safehouse, you have the pleasure of looking after a bird but the vet bills are covered by BL. If you decide to foster join the BL policy with Exotic Direct which covers most vet costs for about £5 per month for a single bird.
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    30-07-2013 3:47 PM
    I would love to foster a bird but am unsure how much attention they need. I presently work therefore the bird would be left for up to 8 hours a day alone. Is this something e.g. a parrot could deal with? Otherwise, I would be around and could make alternative arrangements for its care when I am on holiday. Would I be considered as a suitable foster parent? JohnT
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    30-07-2013 3:53 PM
    John

    Ideally bird should have company. However ideally they wouldn't be in cages in the first place and would be flying free in the wild...so we can only do our best!

    Some birds are happy to be left if they have suitable 'entertainment' and 2 and a half days a week is not a lot of working hours (shame it isn't a lesser amount of hours over more days - from the birds point of view....LOL)

    Could you perhaps consider taking on two birds (2 smaller birds would only need a similar sized cage to 1 larger bird) as then they would have each other for company when you were at work.
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    30-07-2013 5:13 PM

    Thanks for your advice Debs. Good idea, 2 smaller birds would keep each other company and I wouldn't feel guilty leaving them alone. 

    However, Lucky has been so unlucky, I'd love to offer him a home.

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    30-07-2013 5:35 PM
    Some birds will tolerate being left for periods of time, particularly if you ensure that they have pastimes (appropriate and favoured toys, the radio or tv.) Our tiel Joey was OK at being left when we were both in work (although Pete's shifts meant that our time out didn't always coincide.) We made sure he had plenty of out time and he was a happy boy.

    The other possibiity is to consider whether two separate birds on the list might both serve as companions for each other and you
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