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Tips for Traveling With Your Parrot

Crystal Flight Carrier

Crystal Flight Carrier

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.

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12 Things you Should Never Do With Your Parrots, Part I

12 Things Not to do with your Parrot, Part 1Whether you’ve been a parrot owner for 20 years or just 20 days, here are a few helpful reminders that will assist you in preserving your feathered friends health and longevity:

1.  Never spray hairspray around your bird. Your parrot may be sitting next to you on his parrot playstand, watching you go about your daily routine, when you decide to fix your hair. At this point—STOP! You should never spray hairspray or perfume around your parrot. The fumes could cause respiratory distress or even death.

2.  Never light candles around your bird. Scented candles can make a home or bedroom smell fresh and beautiful—at least to us humans. However, when it comes to parrots, it’s a whole other story. The scent radiating from a burning candle can be toxic to your bird.

3.  Never leave your parrot in his cage 24-7. If you have a crazy, hectic schedule, there may be times when you are tempted to say “I simply don’t have any time to spend with my bird today.” Unfortunately this excuse can spiral out of control, causing some people to leave their parrots stuck in a cage for weeks on end. Even if your bird cage is loaded with bird toys, your parrot needs daily exercise and a change in pace. To make time for your bird, get up a half hour early or just let your bird follow you around the house as you go about your chores.

4.  Never yell at your parrot. This can teach your parrot that screaming is acceptable. If your parrot gets in the habit of screaming it will not only annoy you but it may also cause problems with the neighbors. Yelling can traumatize your birds causing them to become timid, aggressive or withdrawn.

5.  Never let your Parrot outside without being contained (he could fly away). Fresh air is healthy for parrots. However, don’t make the mistake of “letting your parrot explore” by himself. Parrots were made to fly and they will try to do exactly that. Clipping your parrot’s wings can be helpful in discouraging flight. A covered, outdoor aviary would be ideal for getting some fresh air.

6.  Never let your parrot ride lose in the car.  Whether you’re rushing off to the vet or simply taking a road trip, a parrot should never ride un-contained in a car. It is simply too dangerous. Always place your feathered friend in a bird carrier. To make your bird feel more comfortable, place some of his favorite parrot toys in the carrier with him.

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Travel Tips for your Pet Parrot

Travel Tips for your Pet Parrot

Now that it is Summer and people will be traveling and spending time on vacation, more and more vacationers are bringing their feathered family along for the ride.

Traveling with your pet parrot(s) can be fun and exciting.  Transporting your feathered friend(s) to your favorite vacation destination   in safety and luxury can be a daunting task.

Click on link below for an article by Robyn Bright from Pet Business.com on safety tips when traveling with your bird and tips on travel cages and bird carriers.

Robyn Bright Have Wings will Travel from Pet Business.com

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