Planning a family vacation? Are you considering having your parrots join you? Traveling with your feathered friends can be a rewarding experience. Some people may be uncomfortable traveling with their birds for fear of losing them. However, by following a few safety tips, you can make your travel experience stress-free and enjoyable for everyone involved. Parrots are fun-loving, social creatures. They are curious and enjoy seeing the world. Here are a few tips for traveling with your parrot:
1. Use a bird carrier. When traveling, always keep your bird safely tucked away in a carrier. Place several bird toys, in the carrier to keep your bird entertained. Try to set-up the travel carrier similar to your bird’s cage at home. This familiarity will help your parrot feel more comfortable. You will want to make sure that the carrier is large enough to house your bird comfortably for several hours. They should be able to turn around and stretch with ease. The carrier should be strapped in the back seat for safety reasons. Whenever we take our feathered flock for a car ride we always have their carriers safely buckled in.
2. Keep plenty of fresh food and water on hand. To keep your bird feeling energetic and strong, feed him frequently while you are traveling. Pack plenty of fresh fruits,veggies and water and keep them stored in a cooler. Avoid feeding heavy or fatty foods that could upset your bird’s stomach. Some parrots get motion-sickness and may regurgitate certain foods.
3. Never leave your feathered friend in a parked car. If you are traveling during the warmer months, you will want to make sure your bird stays cool and comfortable. A parked car can become scorching hot in a matter of minutes, causing your parrot to suffer from heatstroke. If it is a cooler time of year, your bird could chill easily once the heater has been turned off for a significant period of time. If you need to run into a store, have someone remain in the car with your parrot to make sure conditions stay comfortable.
4. Use a bird harness. Never let your bird out of his carrier without being restrained. If you want him to enjoy the sunshine, use a parrot harness to keep him safe. Since birds are prey animals, they frighten easily. Sudden movements or loud noises could cause your bird to run or fly away.
5. Start small. Before going on a cross country trip with your feathered companion, try a weekend excursion. This will help your feathered friend get use to traveling.