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Hi, Mitch and Catherine – I’ve been searching the Internet and YouTube for ways to connect with people who RV with their parrots. Not finding much, and what I do find is too old! Any suggestions? Thanks, Lisa
There are many folks who RV and camp with their birds. We know this as we have provided cages that fit well into small spaces in RVs and campers over the years. But due to concerns about safety and those with less than pure intentions, many don’t share this publicly much.
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Traveling in an RV can be a fun and exciting adventure for both you and your pet bird.
However, it’s important to take some precautions to ensure your bird’s safety and comfort during the trip. Here are some recommendations:
- Secure the cage: Make sure your bird’s cage is securely fastened in the RV to prevent it from falling or shifting during travel. You may also want to add some padding around the cage to minimize vibrations and bumps during the trip.
- Provide plenty of food and water: Make sure your bird has access to plenty of fresh food and water during the trip. Consider using spill-proof dishes to prevent spills and messes in the RV or refresh with ice cubes every couple of hours
- Not only “provide” plenty of food “bring” plenty of food. If you run out and your bird is on a high-end pellet you’re stuck with what’s available on the street, none of which most pet birds will not stand for.
- Monitor the temperature: Birds are sensitive to temperature changes, so make sure the RV is kept at a comfortable temperature for your bird. Avoid placing the cage in direct sunlight or near heating/cooling vents. If you are comfortable, you’re bird is comfortable and vice~versa
- Make sure toys can not swing crashing into the bird with vehicle motion changes.
- Use a soft rope perch attached as a “U” so the bird can resist “inertia” ~ think of public transportation where a human grabs a vertical bar. the “U” configuration allows the bird to grab something “vertical.” With a conventional perch installed side-to-side as the terrestrial vehicle accelerate and brakes, the bird’s zygodactyl feet can only grip as tight as possible which doesn’t hurt but is stressful.
- Provide exercise: Birds need regular exercise and mental stimulation, even when on the road. Make sure to provide plenty of toys and opportunities for your bird to climb, stretch, and play during rest stops and breaks.
- Be prepared for emergencies: Bring a first aid kit and any necessary medications for your bird in case of emergencies. You may also want to research nearby avian veterinarians along your route, just in case.
- Limit travel time: While birds can handle short trips, prolonged travel can be stressful for them. Consider limiting travel time to no more than 8-10 hours per day, with plenty of breaks for your bird to rest and stretch.
- Familiarize your bird with the RV: Before the trip, let your bird spend some time in the RV to get used to the new environment. This can help reduce stress and anxiety during the trip.
- Cover the birdcage at dusk ~ flickering headlamps are stressful
By taking these precautions, you can help ensure a safe and comfortable trip for both you and your feathered companion.
There are certain rules to be followed. Birds are different from most pets in that they all look identical.
It’s important that you keep veterinary records when traveling so you are able to identify the animal the USDA will not accept a picture of your bird as all birds of a species look identical.
Written by Catherine Tobsing
Approved by Mitch Rezman