Whats the Best Way to Introduce a New Carrier to My Cockatoo?

Patricia N. explains,

 

I have an Umbrella Cockatoo and have a new travel cage arriving soon. Always hard to get it to try anything new and he’s not a fan of cages, other than his usual ‘home’ cage.

 

Any tips on how best to get him inside his new travel cage. Thank you

 

Dear Patricia 

 

Set it up right next to the bird’s regular cage. On a table to raise it up if possible. Put some food in it, treats, toys, and let your bird check it out.

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What’s the Best Way to Travel 1200 Miles With 3 Parrots?
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What’s the Best Way to Travel 1200 Miles With 3 Parrots?

Anita J. needs to know,

We are moving to a new house, a 1200 mile trip.

With a Noble Macaw (20), Sun Conure (23), and Cockatiel (29).

Editors note ~ Most humans mistakenly believe all macaws are large birds. Noble macaws and sun conures are roughly the same sizes. Noble macaws are roughly a little more than 5 ounces whereas sun conures are a little less than 5 ounces. Cockatiels on average are about 3 ounces. Endnote (more…)

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Traveling with Your Bird? Here’s Your How To’s
A blue and yellow macaw performs a trick involving a toy car at the KL Bird Park in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Traveling with Your Bird? Here’s Your How To’s

Air travel with your bird is a post all its own so today we’ll focus on terrestrial travel.
  
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Cages, Short Toenails, Freezing Pellets, Are Eggs Bad ~ Answered!

Editor’s note: sometimes we combine several answers into a post to make for more interesting and efficient reading endnote

 

Hi Mitch,

 

In response to the comment about travel cages, I have found a solution.

 

My Senegal parrot (Gonzo) did not like to hang out in a smaller cage.

 

So I got her a reasonably-sized cage that I can use for her travel or if she needs to stay with someone.

 

I can drive with it and strap the cage into a seat belt.

 

I set it up in another room and left the cage door open. She has started playing inside it and seems to like it.

 

Now, with COVID-19, I am working from home, and need it to be quiet when I’m on the phone.

 

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Understanding How My Bird Can End as a Splat on My Car’s Windshield
On the green lawn sits on a small pleasure car for kids is a beautiful parrot.

Understanding How My Bird Can End as a Splat on My Car’s Windshield

Jeff Writes:

Mitch, this is for Judy M.

If bird owners would train their birds to the Aviator Harness they can put their bird on a T Perch in their vehicle and the bird does not have to be caged I have an SUV and my blue & gold goes everywhere we go and loves it. (more…)

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How Long Is Too Long for Birds in Travel Carriers?

Judy M. worries about:

Hi, Mitch,

The closest avian vet to me is 2 hours away, I worry about my bird being in his travel cage or carrier ( as I have both) for so long, the trip there, the trip home, the visit itself…..

Do you think it would be extremely stressful for Alex?

He has been to an exotics vet, who is only about 15 minutes from me, he was fine.

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