If we are sensitive when relocating to a new place, who says our pets won’t be sensitive to this change?
Moving is always stressful whether you are a first-time mover or have had your fair share of experience. Add the fact that you have to take your pet bird along on the trip, and the task becomes increasingly burdensome.
You’re probably wondering how possible it will be to pull this off. Read on to find out more.
Tips for moving with a bird
Before you get your bird on the road, you need to understand that your goal is to keep them calm and alleviate their stress levels so they don’t fall sick during the ride. Like humans, birds are sensitive features and are quite territorial. They probably have a fifth sense like us which alerts them of changes in surroundings. It’s no wonder they often show signs of withdrawal in an unfamiliar environment.
If you’re thinking about transporting your bird in a car, the good news is that we’ve got the right tips to keep them happy during the move, so you won’t have to worry about your stress levels increasing.
1. Schedule a Physical Checkup and Locate New Vet if Necessary
The first thing you need to do before relocating with your pet is to get them checked by the vet. A healthy bird equates to a stress-free move. If your bird has health issues and you don’t do physical examinations on them before D-Day, you risk their life and your health.
Most bird owners know how important this step is but would rather make personal observations themselves or visit non-accredited veterinarians. No matter how well you think you know your pet when it involves health issues, you can only rely on the examination of an accredited veterinarian.
So, avoid unlicensed vets and schedule physical examinations with an accredited vet a month before moving out. This way, you’ll have time to care for them if they have health issues. Besides this, be sure you have a vet on standby at your new place before relocating. Accredited vets are not as common as regular doctors, so it may take a while to find one. This way, if your pet needs regular checkups even after the move, you can easily locate the new vet.
2. Prepare its Carrier
Another thing you need to remember when transporting your bird is that they won’t do well in an open space. Imagine placing your bird on a seat with the seat belt strapped on. For dogs, a seat belt might keep them comfortably positioned so they don’t spot injuries on bumpy rides. The case is the reverse for birds.
Birds, whether parrots, budgies, African greys, or Caiqus are small creatures. Placed on the seat, even with a seatbelt strapped on, they can easily find their way out and injure themselves on bumpy roads or fly away. For this reason, you need to prepare a housing compartment to keep them safe.
Once you know this, decide the type of housing compartment that fits their size and gives them lots of space to move comfortably. A carrier offers comfortable moving space. But, they never truly seem useful if the environment isn’t familiar. If you’re getting a new carrier to suit your car, give your birds time to explore the new environment. Also, make sure you pack only the essentials like food and water they need on the road.
3. Carrier Tips
It doesn’t stop with finding the right carrier. You also need to take safety precautions when getting carriers. Some things to consider include:
- Remove any movable items like toys and swings that can harm your pet
- Be sure the carrier doors, windows, and all other openings are closed properly. Twist ties will help you achieve this.
- The carrier won’t fit all the essentials. So, get a carry-on bag and place every essential your pet may need on the road. This should include water, food, and toys.
4. Keep Birds Engaged While Packing
As we mentioned earlier, birds are sensitive. And while they can’t talk like we do, they feel when the atmosphere changes. So, while packing, keep their daily routine the same and the environment fairly stable.
5. Take Safe and Smart Steps
Another important thing that will give a complete answer to the question of how to transport a bird in a car. We highlighted some safety precautions you can take while transporting your pet, but that’s not all there is to it. Temperatures are fatal to your bird’s health. So, ensure that the temperature in your car and inside the carrier is not at its extremes. If you’ll be making a stop on the drive, be as fast as possible and keep the car well ventilated.
Also, keep the carrier away from sunlight so the hot temperature does not affect them. To do this, pack a light blanket in their essentials bag. Then on D-Day, wrap it over the carrier to block sunlight.
If you’ll be spending some time on the road and plan spending nights in a hotel, don’t forget to take your bird along. You don’t want to leave them prone to the chilly temperatures at night or without you in an unfamiliar space. This might increase their anxiety levels and cause health issues.
Removing the stress associated with moving to a new place is not easy, especially when traveling with your bird. But you can take away this stress by ensuring they are comfortable, from getting every essential they need on the road packed, to ensuring the temperature inside the car is right and items that can harm them, are safely tucked away. The bottom line is to give your pets lots of love on the road, and you’ll be pleased with the results you get.