how to carry a bird

Whether youre transporting your pet bird to the vet, home from the pet store or on a day trip out of the house, these tips will ensure that your feathered friend has a safe, stress-free travel experience.

Plan ahead for travel. Traveling can be stressful for any pet, and birds are no exception. Make a list of the supplies youll need and keep them nearby for your trip. Dont wait until a few minutes before you leave to prepare for the excursion.

Keep your bird calm and secure. Plan for different types of travel with your bird — short hops, and longer road trips, such as a move to a new home.

Keep your bird in a dark, quiet container such as a box when you take short trips such as a visit to the vet. Use a cardboard box or purchase a small pet carrier at your local pet store. Punch holes in the cardboard box, or use a pet carrier with proper ventilation.

Eliminate any perches or toys from the carrier you choose to use for your short trip. Put a small, dry washcloth or tea towel in the bottom of the box or carrier, along with some of the old bedding from your birds cage. The familiar smells will help calm him.

Use a small, less-spacious carrier. The bird should not have much room to move about, get flustered and try to flap his wings. Most birds will snuggle into the tea towel in a nesting position. He wont need food or water for a short trip.

Prepare for longer road trips with a small, travel-size cage. Remove all the perches. Toys that can be secured to the walls of the cage are fine, as long as they cant swing freely and hurt your pet bird.

Fill the food and water bowls halfway. Put a small towel on the bottom of the cage where the bird can sit. Bring an extra towel to drape over the cage so its a darker, calmer environment. When you stop for bathroom and meal breaks, uncover the cage and allow your bird to look around. Talk with him throughout the trip so he hears a familiar voice.

Bring an extra container of water to refill the birds bowl periodically. Although he wont each much while traveling, bring an extra container of bird food as well. Non-perishable treats will allow for some one-on-one interaction during rest stops.

Place your pet birds cage or carrier in a secure spot in your vehicle. You dont want it sliding off the seat. Set it in a footrest area, and secure it with seat belts or wedge it between heavier items.

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Like most things, there are proper and improper ways to handle a pet bird. Unlike dogs or cats, birds are not domesticated, so picking one up into your arms is not as easy. Birds are rather delicate creatures, both physically and emotionally. But it can be easier than you might think to hold your feathered friend safely if you practice the right techniques. To ensure that you and your bird get the most out of your handling time, read the advice provided below.

Prepare for longer road trips with a small, travel-size cage. Remove all the perches. As long as the toys are unable to swing freely and harm your pet bird, toys that can be fastened to the cage walls are acceptable.

When you go on brief excursions, like a trip to the veterinarian, keep your bird in a quiet, dark container, like a box. Use a cardboard box, or go to your neighborhood pet store and buy a small carrier. Create perforations in the cardboard box or utilize a pet carrier that has enough ventilation.

Plan ahead for travel. Any pet can experience anxiety when traveling, and birds are no different. Before your trip, make a list of the supplies you’ll need and keep them close at hand. Don’t put off getting ready for the trip until the last few minutes before you depart.

Every so often, bring an additional container of water to replenish the birdbath. Even though he won’t talk much while traveling, don’t forget to pack an additional container of bird food. During rest stops, non-perishable treats will facilitate some one-on-one conversation.

These pointers will guarantee that your feathered companion has a secure and stress-free travel experience whether you’re taking it to the veterinarian, home from the pet store, or on a day excursion outside the house.

FAQ

Can you hold a bird in your hand?

Never Hold a Bird by the Wings, Legs, or Tail If you must pick up a bird who absolutely refuses to step up, do it safely by gently grasping them in a small towel or with padded gloves that will protect your fingers from bites or scratches.

Is it OK to hold your bird?

Some birds just don’t like human hands on them; they love to hang out and play with their people but prefer not to be physically touched. Other birds might view you as a potential mate, so you should limit physical interaction, especially during hormonal season.