From time to time, almost every owner of a budgie is faced with the need to transport his ward. Even in order to take the parrot to the veterinarian, to the country house or to overexposure to friends, you need to prepare yourself in advance and prepare the bird for the trip. If you have planned a trip by rail or air flight, in addition to the conditions for the bird, you will need to take care of the design of the relevant documents.
General rules for transporting parrots
Budgerigars are extremely sensitive to any changes in the environment, and transportation for most of them is a serious stress. In order for the pet to transfer the trip as easily as possible, a number of rules should be followed.
- To transport over long distances only healthy parrots can be. If the bird feels bad and has a sick look, it is better to refuse the trip, otherwise the parrot may die.
- For transportation, you will need a special carrying cage, the size of which depends on the duration of the trip. Teach your pet to her in advance, substituting the carrier to the open door, so that the parrot becomes comfortable in the new conditions.
- In no case do you transport budgies in the wrong conditions, placing a plastic bag in an ordinary bag, etc. During the trip, the bird can damage its legs, wings or other organs, wrinkle its plumage, and in any case it will get very stressed.
- Do not expose the parrot to danger of catching a cold during the trip. If it is cold and windy outside, wrap the cage with a thick cloth and try to ensure an acceptable temperature inside – not lower than 10 degrees Celsius. In winter, parrots can be transported only as a last resort, by heating the cage or by hiding it under their outer clothing. In summer, on the contrary, it is necessary to provide good ventilation of the cage and prevent overheating by removing the budgie from direct sunlight.
Any transportation, even if it lasts no more than half an hour, is a great stress for a budgie. If you carry him in the spacious cage in which he usually lives, out of fear the bird may beat on the rods, damaging the plumage, or simply slip off the pole and be injured. Therefore, for transportation, it is necessary to prepare a special transport cage of a small size. To reduce the shaking of the cage, hold it in your arms or place it on the seat while fastening with a seat belt.
For transportation over short distances (the duration of the trip is 1-2 hours), a small carrying or even an ordinary cardboard box measuring about 20 x 10 x 8 centimeters is used, on the bottom of which you need to put a soft cloth so that the paws do not slip on a smooth floor. You can pour a little feed at the bottom of the cage so that there is something to do on the road. Cover the carrier with a cloth, protecting the bird from drafts and excessive unrest.
If the trip is planned long enough, carrying should be more spacious. A standard shipping cage is a narrow box with dimensions of 45 x 25 x 20 centimeters. The long front wall is taken up by metal rods or closed with plexiglass with drilled holes for air access, the remaining walls are solid, made of plastic or plywood. At a distance of 3-4 centimeters above the floor, one or two poles are installed. There is a handle on the lid, the door is located in the side wall.
In such a cage, you can place one or a couple of parrots. Inside you need to put a feeder and provide access to water (boiled, settled). Since water can spill from the drinker, experienced parrot owners advise wetting slices of white bread crumb or rolls with water and putting them in a cage, or giving the bird apple slices.
Arriving at the place, do not remove the parrot from the carrying case by hand. Open the door of the large cage and place the carrier to it. After some time, your pet will move into a spacious light cage from a dark and tight carrying.
Transportation by rail
When planning to transport a budgie by train, you need to take care not only about the conditions of its maintenance, but also about the appropriate paperwork. To travel within the country, the following steps will be required.
- About a month before the trip, call the veterinarian and ask what tests are needed for the certificate on Form No. 1, how long they take and how long the certificate lasts. Do all the tests on time and take a certificate on Form No. 1 for the budgie.
- Consult your veterinarian about anti-stress medications for budgies to protect your pet from the effects of shock.
- When buying a train ticket, pay the cost of transporting a parrot. By law, you can transport up to two birds in one cage. You can pay the cost of carrying a parrot right before the trip.
The conditions for keeping and caring for birds do not differ from those described above.
Not all airlines carry parrots and other birds, so you need to clarify this question when buying a ticket. In addition, you should find out what are the conditions in the luggage compartment on the plane that operates the flight. It often happens that the luggage compartment is not sealed and is not heated, and the parrot handed over to the baggage will die during the journey. In addition, flight delays and similar troubles are not ruled out, which also will not benefit the budgie checked in. No airline allows the transport of a bird in the cabin. As for the paperwork, it is usually the same as for rail travel.
Budgie transportation abroad
To transport a budgie abroad, as a rule, a veterinary certificate is required on the tests made for the absence of salmonellosis, ornithosis and helminths, as well as a certificate on the absence of ticks. However, not all countries allow the import of budgies into their territory. You must first find out about this at the embassy when filling out travel documents.