Cockatiel - has got to be moved in car.

We have a 29 yr old cockatiel-what is best way to transport him for a 9 hr drive. He tends to fall off his perch when we put him in his cage and then into the car

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Aug 10, 2011
Cockatiel - has got to be moved in car.
by: Linda

You will need a travel cage, and there are some here. You need a nice sturdy travel cage, and I sugget you either get it here or at a local pet shop. A 9 hour trip is a long time for bird to be in car, so you will have to stop at a few rest stops like every 3 hours to make sure your bird has water and food if he is hungry.

The reason I say you'll have to make some stops and rest for a while, is the motion of the car will empty drinking cups or even water bottles of all the water in just a few minutes of travel, so you will need to make sure to stop, fill water cup and allow time for bird to drink and rest.

Since it is summer, please be very careful about air conditioning because this can give birds pneumonia. Keep the air conditioning on a very mild setting which may not be as comfortable as the humans want it and will keep bird from getting sick. Make sure there are NO air vents pointed at the bird as this will cause a draft which will also make bird sick.

Also, bring a supply of water from home in gallon jugs or in one big jug. The reason for this is strange water will make your bird sick. If you are moving to new home, then bird's old water will need to be mixed with new water for a few days to a week to make sure he can adjust without any sickness issues.

Now, I'll put this next in large letters so you can read it better:

IF YOU ARE NOT MOVING BUT ARE JUST GOING ON VACATION, THEN DO NOT TAKE YOUR BIRD AT ALL ARRANGE FOR SOMEONE TO COME INTO YOUR HOME TO CARE FOR HIM TWICE A DAY. IF THAT WON'T WORK, THEN FIND AN AVIAN VET AND BOARD YOUR BIRD FOR THE TIME YOU WILL BE GONE. BE SURE AND TAKE PLENTY OF FOODS HE LIKES AND WATER FROM HOME IF YOU WANT TO IN CASE AVIAN VET IS FAR AWAY. ALSO MAKE SURE HE HAS FAVORITE TOYS TO PLAY WITH AS HE WILL MISS YOU WHILE YOU ARE GONE.

If you are moving to a new home, you'll have to take him, but if you're just going on vacation, this is not the place for a bird to be at all.

Hope this helps,
Linda

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