RVing and parrots, from conures to Macaws

by pat
(Manassas, VA)

I am considering fulltime RVing, but not for several more years, has anyone had any experience with their parrots in an RV, any special considerations, other that perhaps a health certificate, how to attach their LARGE cages, any restrictions on camp sites ?

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Dec 04, 2015
Also full time with pets
by: Tina

I am planning to retire to full time RVing in 4 years. Already decided on a class C. My African Grey is currently 13 years old. I will have a small poodle dog and 2 cats as well. The problem is the dog jumps like a Jack in the box when he sees the parrot. Trying to come up with some kind of cage that can be permanently attached up higher somewhere in the RV.

Lots of stuff to think about. BTW, plan is to buy in two years and use for vacations until I retire.

Jun 06, 2015
green wing macaw 17yr old
by: gary

My wife and go camping about three times a year.
we have a little dog that go with us every where.
we've only had the macaw since October.
Our camper trailer is a old one it's 26'
not a lot of room as far as how wide it is.
how can make work to be able to take the macaw with us camping. we go 3 to 5 days at a time.
lot of the time only 1.5 to 3 hours away.
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Feb 03, 2011
A devastating loss
by: PAT

This past Sunday, after having some trouble with a circuit breaker, I had a fire in the house, it filled with black, arid, throat burning smoke, I lost ALL FIVE of my parrots from the smallest the conures and red belly, to the African Gray to the Macaw and also my cat. I am in a motel and my dogs are with friends, but I do so miss talking to my feathered kids, I only hope and pray that they went quickly and didn't suffer too much.

Jan 07, 2011
RVing and parrots, from conures to Macaws
by: pat

Hi Pat and Tracie,

Thanks for your input, I do not have any idea why I was thinking I had to have the same size (or close to it) of the cages they have at home. I am assuming they can travel for several hours and also sleep in these smaller cages and then be "let loose" in the RV when we are stationairy and I can watch them ? What would be the best size for the Macaw, he is a green wing, so he will be comfortable for the riding and nighttime ?
I will also be bringing my 2 boys, 4 legged and cat; the boys don't seem to mind the parrots, although I have to watch that they, the parrots don't try to "bite" my boys, I don't think they would be too happy about that; the cat rarely comes into the upstairs, so I don't know how that's going to work out in close quarters, any suggestions for are appreciated.

Jan 03, 2011
Traveling with birds
by: Pat Gower

My husband and I travel with our birds all the time. We have a 34' Airstream travel trailer and a large SUV to tow it. When we are traveling, they ride in the suv with us--belted in (we use large bungee cords if we can't use the seat belts. I have a good sized travel cage for each--I have two eclectus, a galah, a conure and a macaw.

The smaller ones have a 18x18x20 cage and the ekkies have a 18x22x24 each. They are big enough for them to move around but light enough to be carried back and forth. The macaw's cage is larger but still small enough to fit in the suv.

They love looking out the windows in the suv and talking to us. In the trailer, they seem to enjoy being with us--we make sure they get out every day and that their food stays the same as at home--I try to take them outside in the travel cages for fresh air if the weather is good.

Our airstream has a nice water filter on it so I don't worry about that. You MUST be sure the trailer has good air conditioning that is reliable because trailers get very hot fast so they aren't safe when you leave. Also, heat is a good thing to be sure of! But it is great fun. We've been out as long as 5 weeks and we all had a great time!

Jan 03, 2011
Taking birds in RV
by: Tracie

It can be done. A friend of mine that takes several birds and a dog in an RV a few months out of the year is going to answer this question soon.

I suggest that you find a brand named bottled drinking water that can be purchased anywhere and get your birds used to drinking this water now. Don't give them spring water, purchase drinking water.

My friend will give you other information. She has large cages that they secure in the cabin. I know you will have to make sure you remove hanging toys when you are moving from park to park so they don't knock the birds from their perches.

There are a lot of good RV forums where you can ask questions and make sure you are ready for this type of lifestyle too.

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