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Looking For A Holiday Friend! - Felixstowe / Suffolk

Discussion in 'Holiday Homes For Birds' started by benjaminannas, Nov 28, 2017.

  1. benjaminannas

    benjaminannas Regular Member

    Hi Everyone,
    I wanted some advice on what to do when I go away!
    Myself and my partner need to go away for 2 days mid December and I want someone to either board, or look in on Mollie while I am away. Between the two of us we have never actually left her for longer than a 9-5 work day and wondered what people would recommend? If its only 48 hours, do we need to move her? Is it acceptable to have someone look in on her for a short time twice a day while we are away?

    Does anyone know anywhere / anyone in or around suffolk that would be interested in looking after Mollie (the African Grey) for a few days or so while we are away? I would love to build a relationship with someone so when we go on holiday next year she will know the person she's staying with!

    Thank you all for your advice!
    Ben and Mollie
  2. TomsMum

    TomsMum Administrator Staff Member Admin

    Hi Ben it’s always a challenge to find reliable and specialist care for the feathered ones when you go away, unless you have family that know about your birds. I’m the opposite side of the Country and mine go to professional boarders a couple of hours drive away from me.

    I will tag in our East Anglian member’s to ask if they know of anyone in your area @RoyJess @JessCheekyMia ???
  3. JessCheekyMia

    JessCheekyMia Regular Member

    Hi @benjaminannas, we live in Norfolk so not too far. We can have Mollie here for you while you are away. No charge we will happily just help you. Jess
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  4. benjaminannas

    benjaminannas Regular Member

    Thanks Jess, thats really kind of you!
    Transporting her isn't really an issue as I have access to a van to move her cage and she will (although grudgingly at times) go into a travel cage.
    It's good to know that if we go away for longer than a few days that there is someone near by that would be willing to look after her! We have no dates in mind yet but I will message you when we know any!
  5. JessCheekyMia

    JessCheekyMia Regular Member

    That's no problem. I will always be here for you when you need to go away. I am at home 6 days a week so I am not going anywhere lol.
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  6. dianaT

    dianaT Moderator Staff Member Moderator

    That is so kind of you Jess & Roy xx
  7. Vonney

    Vonney Regular Member

    Hi Jess, we are going away for a week next year. We are hoping to take him with us - it's amazing all the hoops we have to jump through in order to take him. Although we don't want to be without him and will worry that he will miss us we are wondering whether taking him will be too stressful for him. Just wondering (looking at your earlier post) if we did decide to not take him would you be able to look after him. I am so worried about leaving him as I don't want him to get all stressed out etc. but also worried about taking him for the same reasons. Do you know of any place that boards African Greys - just don't know what to do :-(

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  8. JessCheekyMia

    JessCheekyMia Regular Member

    Of course @Vonney we don't mind looking after him. I don't know of anywhere that boards them, but I can have a look for you.
    If you do decide to bring him over to mine, we will just look after him, give him fresh food and water, and time out of the cage. We won't be touching him as this is your parrot and we will respect that. Just give me a list of his daily routine and we will carry that on until you get back.
    If he likes traveling he might be ok to take him with you. Is there anyone that you can trust to come over to your place everyday to check on him whilst you are away.
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  9. plumsmum

    plumsmum Regular Member

    @Vonney I have not idea how far you are planning to travel but we take Plum on hols in this country. He gets a bit fed up, had enough after three and half hours in the car. If you want to take him with you then now is a good time to get him adjusted to his travel cage and small car journeys. I always sit in the back with him and have his cage secured for safety, he is usually quite happy. You have a lovely, kind offer from @JessCheekyMia.
  10. Lisa7284

    Lisa7284 Regular Member

    If you are looking to take him with you (abroad but inside the EU) and need any info on tests, costs and paperwork just let me know. I recently took my parrot to Spain (where we are staying) but as long as you return withing 10 days the return procedure is quite simple.
  11. Vonney

    Vonney Regular Member

    Hi Jess,
    Sorry it has taken me so long to get back to you, my Aunt passed away so not really been with it. Thank you so much for your offer it's really nice of you. I have looked into taking him and it is so complicated and not everyone seems to be on the same page. I am so worried that we will get to the dock and they say no sorry you do not have all the paperwork. Would it be possible to come and see you with him for a visit so he can get the feel of the place ( hoping your offer is still on). You would really be doing me a great favour if you are still able to have him whilst we are away. As said before really sorry I haven't been in touch sooner. Looking forward to hearing from you. Vonney

  12. Vonney

    Vonney Regular Member

    Hi Lisa7284, I have enquired about taking him inside the EU but they are all telling me different paperwork that I need. I would love to know any info you may have on this as my biggest fear is we get to the dock and they turn him away regarding the wrong paperwork or not all the paperwork. If you can help that would be great.

  13. JessCheekyMia

    JessCheekyMia Regular Member

    Don't worry. I am so sorry to hear your Aunt passed away. You are so welcome to come here with him and have a visit. My offer is still on so don't worry. Like I have said I am always here if you need anything.
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  14. Vonney

    Vonney Regular Member

    Thank you Jess, I will have a word with my husband. If he says yes would it be possible to visit this weekend?
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  15. JessCheekyMia

    JessCheekyMia Regular Member

    Yes of course.
  16. Vonney

    Vonney Regular Member

    Thank you, I will get back to you this evening. It's such a big wrench leaving him behind but I feel it would be better for him all round :-(
  17. JessCheekyMia

    JessCheekyMia Regular Member

    He could always Skye you while your away. We will just carry on what you would normally do for him. X
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  18. Lisa7284

    Lisa7284 Regular Member

    Firstly you will need to find a vet who is approved by DEFRA to carryout an import/ export health check. Once you have found one you will then need to request a export health certificate from DEFRA. You do this via email and then they send you 2 forms to complete- EXA03 and 431EHC V3 . You will then fill them in and email them back to them. Using the information you provide on these forms they send a certificate to your vet (7 days before your final appointment) for the vet to sign after the examination is complete.

    Your bird will need to be tested for psittacosis (not sure if any other tests have been added in the past 4 months) so allow enough time for the results to come back (there is usually a 5-7 day turn around). The test was non-invasive, they (and by that I mean, ME) collected a sample of his poop to test.

    Your examination date with your vet needs to take place within 5 days of leaving the country. When you arrive at the appointment (which is usually 45 minutes to an hour) they will already have the certificate to sign (sent by DEFRA)- this is the export health certificate. They will carry out a clinical examination and if the results are clear they attach a copy of the test results to the certificate and sign it.

    THEN you will need to get a copy of an import certificate for the country you are going to. This is different for every country- I still have the link to the Spanish one. I filled this in and the vet signed it.

    It total I had:
    1 x health certificate- signed by vet
    1 x export certificate- signed by vet
    1 x import certificate- signed by vet
    1 x copy of psittacosis result

    The cost for the examination and testing was about £180 (I think).

    As you are returning you will need to ask DEFRA if you will need a return import certificate. The health certificate lasts for 10 days.

    When you go to the ferry port to be honest they don't even know what they are looking at. The guy looked at it, made a face, shrugged at me and said "looks good to me." Unfortunately all the animal cabins were taken so I had to leave Alfie in the van. They give you a stickers to hang in your window- then when you are being loaded onto the ferry they will direct you to the animal spaces- here there is more ventilation and the temperature is monitored. You then go straight to the reception and tell them you have an animal in your vehicle. They will tell you when visiting times are and where to meet staff who will take you below deck for visiting.

    I got talking to one couple who had 2 CAGs in their car. They travel back and forth without any paperwork and have not been asked for any. Our first time we were. Some people say just risk it but I wouldn't.

    I was told by another couple (who also had a CAG) that they have never been asked to see any paperwork from the countries they are visiting, just by the UK when they are leaving and re-entering. No one in Spain requested to see any of Alfie's paperwork, although he was very visible so they could clearly see him.

    If you need an email address for the department in Carlisle which deal with queries and questions, just let me know. Phoning them can be a nightmare as no one seems to have the answers to any of the questions!
  19. Vonney

    Vonney Regular Member

    That sounds a great idea, can we come and see you Saturday please?
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  20. Vonney

    Vonney Regular Member