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Tips & Tricks For Traveling With Your Pet Bird

Traveling with your bird doesn’t have to be a hassle.

If you’re going to travel with your bird, you want to try to make the trip as stress-free as possible for the bird. If you will be using a travel cage, let the bird use it a few times before the trip, to get used to the new cage, bowls, toys, etc.

If you will be traveling across state lines or even country borders, you should take along a certificate of health, possibly a certificate that the bird is domestically bred, and other papers. You can check with your vet, or the local authorities where you will be visiting to inquire what documentation might be needed.

If you will be staying in hotels, you need to check ahead to make sure that the hotels will take birds.

If you’re traveling by car, you should have the bird in a strong container or a sturdy travel cage. This will ease any stress, make him safer in case of sudden stops or an accident, and will keep him from distracting the driver by moving around the vehicle.

It would help if you could get your bird used to going in the carrier or travel cage and actually taking a few rides before your trip, to get him used to the idea.

When you go on a trip, you should take all the “normal” stuff you need: usual food, treats, bottled water or water from home (whatever he’s USED to), his favorite toys, and don’t forget a birdie-first aid kit, just in case. This can be as simple as a pair of sharp scissors, nail clippers, Q-tips, and maybe some over-the-counter cold remedy for birds.

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