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Considering rehoming this bird I had for 5 years

tameem

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For more context: I had this 5-year-old whiteface cockatiel for around the same time.
  • The responsibility of taking care of this tiel kind of just fell on me by surprise. This tiel is not supposed to be mine in the first place, my brother is the one who got it then suddenly after a relatively small while he's not interested anymore now that it fell back on me
    • He said he "did research", but it clearly was not enough.
  • Naturally over time I did do research, got into bird communities, etc., and the more I learn, the more I didn't bother to commit.
    • For example, I live with my parents and sibilings and it's hard to change the lifestyle to a bird-safe one.
    • Another example is me being like "oh I will train it by giving food with my hand when hungry".... not bothering to proceed further with the idea (I only did it like once), so training the bird for anything was kind of hopeless for me.
  • I was busy with high school (...where we had to do eye drops for the bird 3 times a day for like 2 weeks) and I'm now busy with university and possibly will be busy with a job in the future where there's a chance that I won't live with my parents and siblings so that if I leave for work they keep an eye on it. Yes, pet sitters exist but any sort of expense with them is not worth it in my opinion. Now that I have especially looked into the future and don't want any additional unnecessary work and stress, I can safetly say now that it's not in particularly great hands.
    • Sometimes I have to miss having fun oppurtunities at uni, by extension I miss some oppurtunities in general
    • I also have a risk of hurting my bird if it tries to escape when I try to grab it.
  • With my attempts at commitment, I did have a thought of rehoming it a few times. Don't get me wrong, the bird is cute and lovely (I even built an obssession by looking at bird pics and videos online) and it would be heartbreaking to see it go out of our hands and I would've decided commiting to it until the end of its life if I was the one who wanted a bird (or a pet at all) and did some research. But if it's the best option for my bird to live long and if it reduces the stress and anxiety it gives me and provides (and the entire family by extension) a relief in the long run not having to worry about a living creature, then I would have to do it.
    • With all of that said, I am currently looking for options of rehoming as I want it to be in good hands. First of all, let's atleast try to treat the bird while I'm looking for options (this is probably not needed I might be able to just give it to a bird rehab+rescue right now). Who knows, this might just be a phase and I might keep the bird (don't hold your breath on that :hehe:) but I have even considered rehoming it a couple of times before, so I don't want this cycle to repeat again. Whatever the case is, I'm looking for options as a just-in-case measure.
    • Luckily enough since the falcon culture is big here and by extension the Arab world, quite a plenty even own them and are bird experts by addition. Opens us to a couple of options such as asking a family member or friend if they know someone like this. What about you? Do you know anyone like this who lives in Bahrain? I ask because when I did some general research about my bird, some especially in this forum mentioned that they have a lot of Bahraini friends.
    • Couple of bird rehab/rescues/sanctuaries are here too, that's another option. Help me research about them, do any look promising enough? I only found one promising enough which is Raptor Rehab Bahrain who also works with a well-known vet here.
    • In addition, give me ideas about rehoming, even if general.
 

tameem

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Btw although Bahrain is preferable im open to suggestions relating to having to go to eastern Saudi Arabia like somewhere in or around AlKhobar because bahrain and saudi arabia are connected by a bridge
 

tameem

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Kind of a bump but I want to give more context here.

Now... there is a small issue. Considering the culture here, the average home is not really bird-safe. A lot use perfumes, incense, candles, etc. (I did try telling my family that these things are not safe for my bird. The only compromise we could reach is if they're behind closed doors. Already better than the average home, but not really ideal and makes things tedious and inconvenient).
This means I would have to go out of my way to look for the ideal home.
I did my research on rescues here but I'm not sure about them handling my bird. I know they do vetting, background checks, etc but something tells me it will still land in a not-so-bird-safe home. To the best of my knowledge there aren't any bird-specific rescues here.
The one I mentioned that seemed promising is a rehab... obviously. But from what I recently knew, wildlife rehabs care for birds to be sent back into the wild.

Rescues are starting to be not an option. Only other option is that I'll have to look into friends, family, or acquaintances. This might be difficult considering the first words I mentioned in this post.
Honestly this is becoming more about not bringing in a bird in the first place.
 

sb sigmund

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I'm unfamiliar with your area but there may be local parrot groups on Facebook, whatsapp etc who have somebody who you can rehome your bird to
 
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