The only reason your bird would suffer from separation anxiety is if the only person it likes is you and you’re leaving. So, don’t leave.
Just kidding. We all need somewhat of a life outside our parrots, if that’s possible…
The key is socializing your parrot so that it isn’t altered too emotionally severely when you aren’t around suddenly. The best way to do this is to prepare your bird long before you have to actually go. You can do this by having people stay over and do most of the caring for your bird while you’re still around too, or even leave for a night… then two, then three. Slowly increasing the amount of time.
However, I swear the best answer to every bird problem out there is trick training.
When you trick train your bird, it allows complete strangers to interact with your bird in a challenging way (meaning it challenges the bird and doesn’t bore it to death) making socializing fun and interactive for both bird and person. This is also a great way of fun entertainment for your bird and new bird sitter and something they can do together without you there.
When I left my bird with my parents and one of the Birdtricks.com training courses, I came back to a bird who knew tons of phrases plus every trick on the DVD! My bird hardly noticed I wasn’t around, she was too busy having a blast learning new things and was eager to show them off for me!
Now I don’t know about you, but if I all I had to do was buy the DVD course and leave it someone else to do the training… I’d accept free training! (But doing the training sure is a lot of the fun, too!)
And it makes your bird a lot easier to socialize with new people, making it less likely to have any separation anxiety from you taking a much needed vacation.
Try introducing your bird to one new person a day, let other people do the “caring for” so your bird knows not everything comes from just you, and start your trick training today (using other people too). I know it feels good when your bird just wants you and only you, but it’s a super selfish thing too and doesn’t do the bird any good in the long run.
To pick up a copy of our trick training course today, check out the birdtricks store here.