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

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