Traveling With Your Bird Some Tips From Folks Who Travel With Their
Bird Every Day

Traveling With Your Bird Some Tips From Folks Who Travel With Their Bird Every Day



Before we get into specifics,​ let’s start with the​ basics. Emergencies aside,​ if​ you’re planning to​ travel with your bird,​ get the​ travel cage a​ few weeks in​ advance. This will give your bird time to​ get accustomed to​ the​ new cage. Also measure - measure - measure. Make sure it​ will fit in​ where ever it​ will be going car,​ travel trailer,​ family vehicle,​ motor home,​ commercial airliner,​ vacation cottage - just make sure it​ fits.

We don’t have a​ flock,​ we have one small Indian Ringneck - Sunshine. Sunshine is​ 17. Catherine acquired him as​ a​ baby. He loves being with mom. We know about traveling with a​ bird. at​ home he has a​ 30 x 30 California cage (1),​ a​ large playstand (2) in​ the​ dining room and another playstand (3) in​ the​ kitchen. Every work day Sunshine climbs into his custom,​ 18 inch long carrier (4) and comes to​ work with us.

We open the​ carrier,​ he climbs up his Booda perch in​ to​ his 26 x 20 HQ cage (5) and finishes breakfast. Afterwards he’ll walk back out via the​ Booda perch onto his King’s acrylic playstand (6). When he gets bored he fly’s onto his Prevue playstand (7) or​ his Prevue 20 x 20 wire cage (8) where he’ll stand so he can watch mom oversee the​ shipping of​ packages to​ our customers.

We spend many of​ our summer weekends at​ a​ campground. When we get there he usually goes right into his 18 x 18 (9) Prevue cage. We modified our small travel trailer so the​ cage fits nicely into a​ closet where we removed the​ top of​ the​ door and provided a​ gentle light. When we’re outside the​ trailer,​ we have a​ large canopy/tent where Sunshine spends time in​ his 32 x 21 HQ aviary (10) under the​ canvas. He always has one side of​ his cage against a​ wall for his own privacy.

If you’ve been following my notes,​ you’ll see our little 3 ounce bird has 10 cages and stands. We’ve never had a​ problem getting him into a​ new cage because 1) we don’t make of​ an​ issue of​ it​ and 2) he’s happy just to​ be with us.

A travel cage can be metal,​ fabric or​ plastic like - rigid or​ collapsible. Because it’s a​ travel cage only makes it​ slightly different than his home cage. if​ it’s metal,​ bar spacing should be appropriate. if​ it’s fabric,​ the​ fabric should be durable enough and well designed to​ discourage chewing. Clear plastic cages allow for great vision but may be confining for extended travel periods. it​ may only have one perch instead of​ three or​ four. Make sure it’s comfortable on​ the​ feet. Stopping and starting in​ traffic should not cause your bird discomfort. a​ couple of​ small toys should be introduced to​ keep birdie boredom down. if​ you’re traveling by auto,​ keep the​ bird in​ the​ back seat away from airbags in​ case of​ “god-forbids.” Keep it​ strapped with a​ seatbelt to​ avoid sudden movement.

If your driving at​ night,​ cover the​ cage,​ the​ intermittent glare of​ auto lights can be scary,​ especially if​ its after bed time. if​ you’re taking a​ road tip stopping at​ motels,​ find a​ place to​ put the​ travel cage where you​ bird can sleep with as​ little disturbance as​ possible through the​ night. We usually find the​ bath room counter to​ be the​ best spot,​ it’s out of​ the​ way and once the​ cage is​ covered,​ affords privacy. in​ terms of​ temperature,​ it’s simple - if​ your comfortable,​ your bird is​ comfortable. No hot cars with the​ window cracked or​ in​ front of​ air conditioners in​ hotel rooms.

If traveling for the​ first time,​ we suggest a​ few trial runs before the​ big trip. Go to​ a​ friends,​ the​ vet or​ even just a​ ride,​ the​ bird gets accustomed to​ the​ procedure,​ travel process and change in​ general. if​ you​ let the​ bird out of​ the​ travel cage while in​ the​ vehicle don’t forget to​ put him back before any passengers open the​ door. Some birds don’t like to​ poop in​ their travel cage. This is​ a​ judgment call. Choose carefully where you’ll let them out to​ poop. you​ also may want to​ check out the​ nearest avian vet to​ your destination,​ before you​ get there - just so you​ have the​ info.

Remember. birds in​ the​ wild are natural travelers. Larger birds will fly 50 or​ miles per day seeking food. Many migrate thousands of​ miles twice annually. It’s usually less of​ an​ issue for the​ bird than for you. Lastly,​ we know you​ love showing off your bird. Unknown places would not be the​ time to​ do it. Unscrupulous people may have ulterior motives. While traveling with your bird it’s no ones business but your own.Have a​ great trip

Mitch Rezman
www.windycityparrot.com




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