Moving with 2 birds out of town

We presently have two bourkes parakeets that share a very large cage. We are moving out of state and will have to take the cage apart for moving.

Would it be best to put the two parakeets in two small parakeet cages to transport them since they will live in these cages for 3 days until the movers unpack our stuff or would they do fine both being put in one travel cage that is about 1/3 the size of their present cage.

The travel cage is 14w x 11d x 16h by the way.

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Oct 20, 2012
Moving with 2 birds out of town
by: Linda

Put them in two cages. Also, I must warn you that water will not stay in anything while the car is moving, so you'll need to stop every 3-4 hours so they can drink. It would also be a good idea to put only one perch in each cage and put it down closer to the floor but not on it because they may end up in the floor quite a bit. Do not put any toys in the travel cages because these can hit birds in heads and face and cause serious injuries. Also take both to Avian vet before trip to make sure they are healthy enough for the trip. The stress of moving can also open them up for infections later, so find an Avian Vet in your new area in case either one shows signs of illness.

The other issue is water for the new place. You'll need to take some containers of your now home water to mix with the new water when you get to new place. They'll need the old home water for the trip too. The reason for being careful about the water is digestive upsets occur when birds, dogs, cats and other pets change homes and water supplies. So take at least 10 gallons of water while your're getting ready for move.

It is getting cold now too, so be careful to have them partially covered when making rest stops. Also take them into motel rooms with you if you are stopping for the night anywhere. Get NO smoking rooms.

The above information comes from my own experiences with birds on the road. We moved from Portland, OR to NE Tennessee (2700 miles), with two cats, three dogs and 3 Amazon parrots. The cats were in van with birds, and dogs were in the other van. We were on the road for 5 nights and 6 days and stopped at motels each night.

Birds are also very sensitive, like cats, to carbon monoxide so make sure your car is tight and that vents do not take in any CM when in traffic. Our old Explorer lets in other cars' CM when heater is on, so we have to warm up car and turn off heater if they have to go to vet in winter.

Follow the above instructions and you and your birds will have a pleasant trip as birds love to travel. Mine danced all the way from oregon to tennessee when they were not falling off perches into the floor. It was hard on everyone, and we made it, so I know you can too. Be careful, safe and let us know how it all went when you get a chance.

Linda


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