Transporting an Amazon safely, advice please

ChristineW

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After the sad loss of Dolly our BFA last June we have now decided its time to look for another bird, our preferance is another Amazon. Depending on where we buy a bird it could mean a 10 hour jouney to take it home. For us the journey is not a problem but we want to ensure the bird is safe and comfortable. Any advice on type of cage etc. would be much appreciated.

Christine
 

DizzyBlue

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Looooong journey for all of you
Planning any stops on the way home make sure if you book a motel he's allowed in. What out for the usual carp like air con and room sprays and scents.
Normally I would say a good strong cat carrier but in this occasion as it's such a long journey a proper travel cage (large) complete with food and water bowls.
One person drive one person sit on back seat with him in his travel cage. Take a nice thick towel in case your bird needs to have too and three sides covered while travelling.
Ask current owner of the bird travels well or not as some get really travel sick / motion sickness. That can be a real issue.
Since you live really rural then how about schedule and avian vet stop off on the way home as the rest / out stop that way he can have a full health check up and an over night rest?!
If your driving alone then birdie on the front passenger seat remember to use seatbelt to secure travel cage in such a way it cannot be chewed.
No toys in cage don't want those swinging around battering birdie as you travel.

Roz travelled quite a journey with her birds when she last moved perhaps she has tips.
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ChristineW

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We may buy a decent travel cage although we do have Dolly's 'holiday' cage which we used when we took her to friends when we had a holiday. Its about 2/3 the size of her home cage and without its base will fit in our Land Rover on one back seat. We would take it in turns one drive, one sit in the back with the bird. Good point on the towel to cover the cage. When we moved Dolly up 12 years ago we had a motorhome so someone sat with her all the journey and stop offs were easy but she hated the south end of the M6 and we had to close the curtains. Unfortunatly this mode of transport is not an option this time.
 

Roz

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A travel cage or cat carrier will be a safer form of travel than in a cage that’s too big since the bird could lose its footing (especially a baby) and hurt himself. I traveled from London to Jersey on the ferry. The birds were in individual travel cages from 7am to 8pm and they were fine. Water spills so take juicy fruit for him to eat… grapes, orange pieces etc. You can put in a bowl of water on stop offs. Each of my birds had a soft toy on the corner of the cage where it couldn’t swing too much and knock the bird off the perch. Clothes pegs or similar are useful to pin a towel over some of the cage. I also had a big towel under all the cages to stop them sliding around (they were in the back of my estate car). Because I was traveling in late spring I bought window shades for all the back windows of the car.
 

ChristineW

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Thanks for your helpful advice, we will now start researching travel cages Then we can then start searching for our new little companion. The travel cage will be needed anyway when we move back to England!
 

Roz

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Yes, travel cages are so useful for transporting to the vet too. Look for one with a big door. My favourite, although very expensive is the King’s aluminium travel cage in medium for an Amazon.
 

Wendy Cooper-Wolfe

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I see that pak o bird do a carry case for Amazons, but wonder if it's suitable for a long journey. Dora did a 12 hr trip in hers but she's tiny in comparison and came out for a stretch about once an hour. She still loves car journeys.
 

Trudy2017

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I always put Trudy in the backseat of my car, with a towel over the travel cage with a small opening so she can see me. I do not put her in the front seat in case of an airbag deployment. They have a force that could possibly crush a cage and injure or kill a bird. Because I do not know how far the airbag goes, I am not taking any chances and feel better with her in the back.
 

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I can turn the airbag off in the passenger seat at the front of the car think it can be done in most cars these days there's a cut off switch and you have the ignition switch on but engine not fired and then flick the switch to ensure no malfunctions. Its a very valid point though if your car doesn't have a cut off switch
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ChristineW

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Yes, travel cages are so useful for transporting to the vet too. Look for one with a big door. My favourite, although very expensive is the King’s aluminium travel cage in medium for an Amazon.
Yes the Kings cages do look good but so expensive because they are aluminium. There are some similar to cheaper steel cages on Northern Parrots web site. Weight isn't an issue as I will get my husband to carry it! In the end we will get what is best for the bird.
 

ChristineW

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I see that pak o bird do a carry case for Amazons, but wonder if it's suitable for a long journey. Dora did a 12 hr trip in hers but she's tiny in comparison and came out for a stretch about once an hour. She still loves car journeys.
There are similar in Northern Parrots but they may be a bit small for a long journey and a bit claustrophobic for the bird due to the mesh sides.
 

ChristineW

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I always put Trudy in the backseat of my car, with a towel over the travel cage with a small opening so she can see me. I do not put her in the front seat in case of an airbag deployment. They have a force that could possibly crush a cage and injure or kill a bird. Because I do not know how far the airbag goes, I am not taking any chances and feel better with her in the back.
Thats very good advice, we would always put the bird in the back with one of us sitting with it.
 

ChristineW

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I can turn the airbag off in the passenger seat at the front of the car think it can be done in most cars these days there's a cut off switch and you have the ignition switch on but engine not fired and then flick the switch to ensure no malfunctions. Its a very valid point though if your car doesn't have a cut off switch
@Trudy2017
Yes we can do the same but my husband is a bit techie on cars and would never turn off an air bag. Bird and me in the back and let him chauffeur us!
 

Wendy Cooper-Wolfe

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There are similar in Northern Parrots but they may be a bit small for a long journey and a bit claustrophobic for the bird due to the mesh sides.
I've put my head in Dora's pack and it's a better view looking out than it would seem, but I agree might be too small for a long trip. (Dora can chunter around a bit and stretch her wings in hers, but I still wouldn't want her to be in it more than an hour before having a break).
 
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