Clayton and Grumpy

Oli Fry

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This is a long shot, but would any established members of this forum potentially be able to board Clayton and Grumpy for a few weeks? I have a situation with my (very reasonable and lovely) close neighbours who are desperate for some respite from Grumpy's chatter...and we are planning another house move alongside this. I'd be happy to pay, of course, and also to provide help in kind in the future. There is no question of me selling the birds but some breathing space is desperately needed. They are tame, confident and vocal greys and live in an aviary. They get along but don't have a strong pair bond. They could potentially come inside during the colder months - although this would be a big change for them - and all food would be provided. I'm writing this more in hope than anticipation, but it's worth a shot. A commercial boarding house would not be right as being caged all day would not be acceptable to these very active characters! I'm looking to arrange something in the next few weeks, so there's no panic.
 

dianaT

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Sorry to hear you need to find temporary lodgings for your two Greys.
Can you let members know what part of the UK you live in as that may also help.

Would your avian vet know of someone?
 
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Oli Fry

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Ah yes, of course - we're currently in Carshalton, near Croydon in South London. We're going to move to Wiltshire soonish but will always have links into London.
 

Oli Fry

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Yes, it's nice here. The problem is that the neighbours' bedroom overlooks the aviary in our tiny garden!
 

Oli Fry

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If only I could somehow tell Grumpy to be quiet - but that's just not her way. Clayton is much more laid-back.
 

CaptainHowdy

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Is there a specific time of day they are being extra noisy?

Just wondering if you could try buffering the noise back in some way? You've probably already tried that though
 

Oli Fry

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It's hopeless where we are currently living. We're in a small house with a small toddler and there's nowhere inside to put the birds. I've put bamboo around the aviary but the distances are too small for it to make a difference. When we have a more permanent home I'll invest in some proper screening and so on. It's just a question of diffusing the tension with my neighbours, who are home all day and are finding the beeping noises from Grumpy unbearable. The birds can go back to my parents for a while, but I'd like to delay this for a bit as they are elderly and make a huge meal of caring for the birds - feeding them eight times a day, cleaning the flight out twice a day and so on.
 

Michael Reynolds

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How long will you need them looked after for? not being too far from you I think I can help, there will be a lock down from Thursday but we can meet out side in the garden hildenborough is just off the A21, I may have to have a small opp on my mouth on the 20th but should be out the same day, if not I have someone whom will be coming in to feed the flock if I have to stay in longer.
 

Oli Fry

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I'm trying to upload a photo of the aviary with neighbours' house in the background, but the file is 'too large'. It's just a standard mobile pic.
 

Oli Fry

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How long will you need them looked after for? not being too far from you I think I can help, there will be a lock down from Thursday but we can meet out side in the garden hildenborough is just off the A21, I may have to have a small opp on my mouth on the 20th but should be out the same day, if not I have someone whom will be coming in to feed the flock if I have to stay in longer.
Probably just a couple of weeks, Michael...possibly a bit more but not significantly longer. We could happily wait until after lockdown, but indeed I'd love to meet you in any case - whether or not you can help. A cup of socially-distanced tea outside would be nice.
 

Oli Fry

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Is there a specific time of day they are being extra noisy?

Just wondering if you could try buffering the noise back in some way? You've probably already tried that though
It's the standard stuff - morning and evening - but Grumpy can be very persistent. It doesn't bother me, of course, but I can't blame others for being annoyed at close quarters.
 

DizzyBlue

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Could try one of the members who does boarding like Del there was also one that Jude used to use but brain is a tad foggy this morning as to who it was
 

DizzyBlue

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Just thought of something that your going to have to take into considering if they go indoors for a few weeks they are not going to be acclimated to going back out so you're going to have to keep them in until late spring till the weather alters again
 

DizzyBlue

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Just had a look back through Judes posts.

Hi Colleen and :welcome:to the forum.
I know Cheltenham very well, as I studied there and have family who live there.

The vet you need is not too far away in Swindon....the practice is called Great Western Exotics, and they are based in the Vet's Now building. It's a straight forward journey from Cheltenham. The practice was set up by one of the most highly regarding Avian vet's in the U.K. Neil Forbes, he retired earlier this year, but the four specialists there have all trained and worked closely with him.
The practice is now headed up by Tom Dutton.

http://www.gwexotics.com/

Also there is an excellent professional parrot boarding establishment in Cheltenham, which I can personally recommend too:

http://www.theparrotlodge.co.uk/

The ladies there have experience with all breeds of parrots, use Great Western Exotics, and have excellent bio-security processes, so you can be assured that your birds would be well cared for.
She also recommends Del27 who is a member on here and also this place


we often get posts asking for advice about boarders in various areas.
I haven’t used these people myself, but they are recommended by people I know

http://www.toos-nest-bird-boarding.co.uk/

Lenham Heath, near Maidstone, Kent
 
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