Will my green cheek be a happy camper?

by Karen
(Ct.)

We are parents to a 9 1/2 month old green cheek conure. From mid April to mid October, we spend almost every weekend camping. Our camper is stationary, remaining on site at a private campground. This year, we plan on bringing our little guy camping with us on the weekends.

I have a few questions about ensuring his safety while away from home. First, our camper is equipped with a propane furnace. Will this cause any problems? We do have an alarm system to alert us should a gas leak occur.

Second, can smoke from neighboring camp fires cause respiratory distress? What is a safe distance? We have many bird feeders, in our yard, and our outdoor feathered friends don't seem to be adversely affected.

Third, are insects, such as gnats and mosquitoes a hazard. If so, what can we do to help protect him from them?

Fourth, can diseases be transmitted to our bird should others get curious and fly on to or close to his cage, while outdoors?

If anyone has had any experience camping with their little companions, we would be appreciative of any advice or suggestions you could share.

Thanks all! We look forward to hearing from you.

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Apr 07, 2012
Thanks, Pat!
by: Karen

Thanks, Pat!

Just received your response to my submission. Good to know that you have had a positive experience, camping with your parrots. I hope that my Izzy will enjoy his "summer home" also. We are looking forward to our first weekend away.

If you should think of any other tips, for us, please forward them on. We would be grateful for any suggestions you might have to keep our little guy safe & happy during the camping season.

Thanks again! Happy Camping!

Karen

Apr 04, 2012
Camping with the birdies
by: Pat

Hi! I have taken our 5 parrots camping with us in our Airstream camper for up to 6 weeks at a time--the propane worried me a bit but we never had an issue. As long as you get the system checked out, you are fine--I worried more about running out! I had them in the biggest cages I could have them in that would fit in the Airstream and the SUV--they ride with us in the SUV, belted in because I think they are safer.

I think a green cheek would be easy to travel with--take his favorite food, be sure his cage is sturdy and safe, be sure you lock up when you are gone and do the kind of safety checks on the trailer you do to be sure you are ALL safe.

Camping with them is great fun--they love looking out the windows of the SUV and commenting on the passing scenery and they seem to love being with you in the trailer!

If you have any questions for me, ask away!
Pat

Apr 03, 2012
Camping with a bird
by: Tracie

I know many people take their birds with them for months at a time in a travel trailer. I contacted one of my friends that takes several birds with her every summer and asked her to answer this question. She is a very busy person, so it might be a day or two.

Apr 03, 2012
camping conure
by: chaydel

I am going to let others answer your questions.

However, I will ask this quesiton: Is your camper snake proof? If you are concerned about smoke getting in, which I feel is very bad for your conure, then a snake can smell your bird and attempt to make your bird its lunch.

It is better to be scared and made aware of nature's abilities before hand, than to be out of your mind when you are attempting to get a snake out of your camper.

Hanging his cage high and in plain sight, but out of the smoke lane is your first step. However, a constant vigil needs to take place.

Let others speak about their expereinces with propane, etc.

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