For many beginners, carrying a budgie from a place of purchase home is a real problem. There are many questions – what to transfer, how to transplant then into a cage, so as not to get scared or fly away, will the parakeet suffocate during transportation, will it be injured, will it freeze in cold weather, etc. Let’s try to answer these questions.
This method of transportation is suitable only when transporting well-settled birds a short distance in good, warm weather. In most cases, this method is not suitable – a frightened bird will start to rush around the cage and will be injured. In addition, she may fall from the pole and get injured. There have been cases when birds, when transported in a large cage, experienced severe stress and died.
Cages for transportation:
a – at close range; b – over long distances
The size and design of the transport cage depends on the duration of the transport.
For short-term (no more than 2 hours) bird transportation, small-sized portable cages, 19 × 8 × 10 cm, made of plywood or thin boards with a retractable grating can be used. In the cold season, such a cage is recommended to be placed in a closed bag.
If the bird has a long way to go (9-12 hours), it is best to use special cages, which are a box measuring 45 × 20 × 25 cm. The front wall should be made of plexiglass with holes with a diameter of 0.5-0.6 cm or metal the grid. The remaining walls can be made of plywood 2-3 mm thick.
A retractable door should be in the side wall of the cage. Inside the cage at a distance of 3-5 cm from the floor, it is desirable to install a wooden perch.
For the convenience of moving the transport cage from above, a handle must be attached to it. Inside the cage, it is necessary to put a feeder with grain and an automatic drinker with boiled or filtered water.
Portable cage with handle
It is not difficult to make a carrying cell with your own hands:
Available means of transportation
If you do not have a special shipping box, then it is quite possible to do with improvised means.
You can put the bird in a small cardboard box (for example, under children’s shoes) or in a clean bag of juice or milk. However, you need to make more holes in the walls of the cardboard box for air circulation inside, and put a little bit on the bottom of the transport container stern.
You can also build a carrier from a plastic bottle by making the necessary holes in it:
ATTENTION! In no case should birds be transported in plastic bags, nets, bags and briefcases: because of such transportation, parrots can greatly mimic plumage or damage wings, paws and internal organs.
In the summer, especially in stuffy weather, it is undesirable to catch, hold in hands and transport a bird. This is especially true for overweight birds. In hot weather, ensure good ventilation; in no case put the transport container in your bag. Choose a shadow! In the car, make sure that the box or box does not fall under direct sunlight.
In winter, hide the shipping container under a coat or, in extreme cases, wrap it in paper or a scarf. Avoid the long road. In severe frost, pre-warm the car.
It will be best if, when you get home, the cage will already be equipped. It remains to add food and water. It is better to put feeders and drinking bowls closer to the bottom and sprinkle some food along the bottom.
We substitute the box tightly to the door. Of course, the parrot is still afraid of everything new, so it won’t come out right away. Be patient. You can not expel him by force! It’s dark in the box and light in the cage, so after a while, the parrot will come out. Then carefully remove the box and close the door. Without sudden movements!
The parrot will be afraid for some time, since there are no relatives nearby, there is a new situation around, etc. Therefore, the parrot should spend a couple of days at rest. In no case should curious family members surround the cage and thereby frighten it even more.
When your wavy gets used to the situation, boldly eats from the feeder, then you can try to establish first contacts with him.