Tips for moving with birds
For both birds and their owners, traveling can be an interesting and fun experience.
Before moving, while you’re Getting Organized you’ll want to check if it’s legal to take your bird to your new destination. Some states do not permit certain species. You can find out state and international regulations by visiting the United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspections Services.
Prior To Moving
Traveling With Your Bird
Knowing how to Travel Safely With Your Pet is essential. Shipping your bird via UPS or FedEx is prohibited. Some birds however can be shipped via USPS.
If you will be driving long distance and staying in hotels, it is best to plan ahead and make reservations. When booking your pet friendly room, confirm it’s a non-smoking room as fumes can be harmful to your bird.
Your bird will need to stop every few hours. During these breaks, offer some food and make sure they are drinking water or having some fruit. They need to stay hydrated. Spend some quality time giving them your full attention during these breaks.
A bird should never travel loose or in the trunk of a car. If your bird will be out of the cage for any period of time, using a flight suit that has the lanyard attached will stop your bird from flying away.
In the car
You will need to be prepared and have some cleaning supplies on hand. A few essentials are:
First aid kit
Regulations for birds flying on planes differ per airline. Check all requirements with your chosen companies and choose based on what will be best for your bird. Some airlines only allow birds in cargo. Loud birds and birds traveling internationally are not allowed in the cabin.
Booking nonstop flights is always advised when moving any animal, and it is the same for birds. Keeping travel times and the external stimuli that surrounds airport travel to a minimum will help your bird during this transition time.
Trimming your birds wings or placing it in a harness will stop him from flying around should a TSA agent or other person of authority require that the bird be removed from its carrier as you pass through security.
Make sure that your bird has enough seeds and fresh fruit for the duration of the journey. If he will be travelling in cargo, you will want to know he has enough food and liquids.
Toys and other objects should not be placed in the carrier with the bird, they could cause injury should any turbulence occur during the flight.
Inquire about insurance options, as they may be required when shipping by plane.
Arriving To The New Home
Once you arrive at your final destination, set up your bird’s regular cage, including any toys and perches. Place him back into his familiar surroundings and keep a calm and peaceful environment, away from the commotion of unpacking.
Continue your bird’s routine of feeding, and remember during this time of adjusting to make sure you spend time playing and talking with them. Once the new surroundings have become familiar, perhaps you can let your bird out of the cage to spread his wings and fly free.