At some time you may be faced with the task of transporting your bird. You may be taking
the bird to the veterinarian, moving to a new residence or traveling long distances. In
general, birds are great travelers. Most tolerate cars and aeroplanes very well and some
actually love the excitement of travel. Planning ahead will ensure a safe, enjoyable trip for
you and your bird.
What sort of container should I use?
If traveling by car, then all birds can be transported in a cage as long as it fits in the car.
It is not safe for you or your pet to allow the bird to roam freely in the car while driving.
You may wish to buy a small cage just for travel. Special pet carriers may be purchased
from the pet store or your veterinarian. These carriers are usually rugged, conveniently
sized for carrying, secure and comfortable for your pet. Small birds such as budgies,
canaries or cockatiels may be put in a small box with small holes in the lid to provide
air for short trips. The cover should be secured to prevent accidental escape.
Remember, many birds are capable of chewing their way out of the box. Toys and
swings should be removed from the cage to prevent injury to the bird during rough
trips. All containers should be secured in a car seat belt to prevent movement or
What about bad weather?
You may still travel in bad weather. In cold weather the car must be prewarmed and the
cage or carrier covered well using towels, blankets, duvets or jackets. In hot weather
the bird must have some ventilation or fresh air and should never be left unattended in
the car. Even birds naturally from a hot climate can suffer heat stroke very quickly.
Under no circumstances should the bird be exposed to draughts.