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I'm looking for some sort of transport box in case my budgies need to travel, e.g. to the vet. I was wondering if you could give me some advice on the following options (or anything else you can recommend). In particular, I'd like something that is safe and comfortable for car journeys and ideally, something with a large opening, which will make it easier to put the budgies inside it (they are only semi tame).

1. The easiest might be one of those small boxes with breathing holes but I wonder about how comfortable and how comforting they are.

E.g. 4 X QUALITY CARDBOARD BIRD CARRYING/TRANSPORT BOXES SMALL LARGE

2. I'm considering this bag type of thing, which seems nice because it's got a perch and it's got great reviews. I also like that it's closed on three sides, which might make a budgie feel more secure. I'm just wondering how soft it is and if something with firm walls might not be safer. It's seems great to carry a budgie around by hand but I wonder if the perch will hit the bottom of the bag once it's placed down. Has anyone seen or used this? The other problem is that one of the reviews said that it's possible for budgies to bite through the front net.

Bird Transport Bag with Removable Perch & Base with Pocket & Ventilation 5906: Amazon.co.uk: Pet Supplies Bird Transport Bag with Removable Perch & Base with Pocket & Ventilation 5906: Amazon.co.uk: Pet Supplies

3. Little transport cage. The cage in the link has got really bad reviews. Apparently, it falls apart easily, but there might be better quality transport cages available.

Transport Box for small birds and small animals: Amazon.co.uk: Pet Supplies Transport Box for small birds and small animals: Amazon.co.uk: Pet Supplies

4.There's also this wooden transport box but I don't really understand how it works.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Nobby-50308-Bird-Transport-Box/dp/B000LXY1WO/ref=sr_1_7?s=pet-supplies&ie=UTF8&qid=1433413776&sr=1-7&keywords=bird+transport+box https://www.amazon.co.uk/Nobby-50308-Bird-Transport-Box/dp/B000LXY1WO/ref=sr_1_7?s=pet-supplies&ie=UTF8&qid=1433413776&sr=1-7&keywords=bird+transport+box



What would you recommend? Is there anything else I need to consider??

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Personally, I'd choose one of these cages over any of the items you've linked.

Riviera Nice ICE: Amazon.co.uk: Pet Supplies Riviera Nice ICE: Amazon.co.uk: Pet Supplies

Liberta Riviera Nice Travel Bird Cage: Amazon.co.uk: Pet Supplies Liberta Riviera Nice Travel Bird Cage: Amazon.co.uk: Pet Supplies


To me, the cardboard and wooden boxes are too confining and would be potentially scary for your budgie.

The cloth bag could be a problem if the budgie chews the cloth and doesn't provide the stability I'd want.

The little carrier I've seen in person and it's too small.
An English Budgie barely has room to stand on the bottom without its head hitting the top of the carrier.

I have travel cages I use for my birds and they work great for me.
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Thanks so much. I'll probably go then for the "Liberta Riviera Nice Travel Bird Cage" in your second link. The only thing I'm worried about is that in the reviews it says that the base isn't really attached very securely. Neither are the feeders apparently and if they come off the budgie can escape. Have you by any chance used this cage yourself and found it safe enough?

Also, I'm wondering in terms of safety is it possible that the cardboard boxes are safer as the budgie can't fall off a perch or hit the cage bars?
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Thanks so much. I'll probably go then for the "Liberta Riviera Nice Travel Bird Cage" in your second link. The only thing I'm worried about is that in the reviews it says that the base isn't really attached very securely. Neither are the feeders apparently and if they come off the budgie can escape. Have you by any chance used this cage yourself and found it safe enough?

Also, I'm wondering in terms of safety is it possible that the cardboard boxes are safer as the budgie can't fall off a perch or hit the cage bars?
Well, they can't hang on to the perch and are at the mercy of the transport, too.
If the manure hits the fan, all bets are off anyhow.

I kept the 'bird home' cage I had bought for 14 dollars (when I still had great ambitions to get my bird tamed) around for emergencies (like travel and hospital cage), but the one Faery Bee linked looks much sturdier while more compact as well.
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Well, they can't hang on to the perch and are at the mercy of the transport, too.
If the manure hits the fan, all bets are off anyhow.

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Hi and thanks for the reply though I'm not sure what you mean. Are you saying it's better to use a box, which wouldn't have a perch or anything to hang on to?
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Thanks so much. I'll probably go then for the "Liberta Riviera Nice Travel Bird Cage" in your second link. The only thing I'm worried about is that in the reviews it says that the base isn't really attached very securely. Neither are the feeders apparently and if they come off the budgie can escape. Have you by any chance used this cage yourself and found it safe enough?

Also, I'm wondering in terms of safety is it possible that the cardboard boxes are safer as the budgie can't fall off a perch or hit the cage bars?
No system is going to be completely fool-proof and you must make the necessary modifications.

I use cable-ties to secure the base to the cage sides.

Remove the feeder and water dishes and secure the doors to those areas with cable ties as well.
If the sides and top need to be secured, do those also.

A budgie shouldn't have any problem holding onto a perch in a moving car unless it is VERY ill.
(In that case, remove the perch and allow the budgie to sit on the cage floor).

Think about how tree branches whip about in a wind-storm yet budgies have no problem holding on. (Actually, when a budgie lands on a perch or branch the muscles and tendons in the foot contract which closes the foot and holds the budgie securely in place. )

Edit: I take my lovebird Peachy with me when I travel to see my sister.
He rides happily in his cage for the 7+ hour journey (one way).
We have a bigger cage at her house he moves into while we are there and then it's back in the little travel cage again for the ride home.

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Depends on what you need. For strict travel, I use
 this small animal carrier this small animal carrier
with a flannel pillow case on the bottom to provide friction.

I ran into the same problem you did with most carriers specifically made for small birds being a bit flimsy which is why i resorted to looking at small animal carriers. Windy City Parrots and a review on Amazon (US) recommended this particular carrier for small birds.

On the other hand, if you need something he will have to live out of for a few days (ex visiting relatives) I would buy the smallest regular bird cage you can find and use that instead.

ETA: I forgot one other modification. The center hole on the lid was slightly larger then a 1/2 inch so I covered it with tape on both sides. Every other hole in the carrier is a 1/2 inch or less.

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Hi and thanks for the reply though I'm not sure what you mean. Are you saying it's better to use a box, which wouldn't have a perch or anything to hang on to?
Even under normal driving conditions you will have a lot of shifting in the car. It would be easier for the bird to sit on his little dowel rod than trying to navigate a slick bottom without traction. I think I actually managed to make the box go flying on the way home from the pet store, or at least shift around in the floorboard of the car. It is really easy to miscalculate when driving.
people who trailer horses for the first time are often told to drive like they have a full cup of water (or coffee ) in the cab which they don't want to spill. It is rather difficult!

With a small cage, secured in the seat or floorboard, the birds can cling onto the perch.

Of course, if you have to step on the breaks hard (or worse, G-d forbid), everybody in the car will get jerked about.

I hope I made myself clearer (I sometimes abbreviate my thoughts, at the cost of clarity)
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Even under normal driving conditions you will have a lot of shifting in the car. It would be easier for the bird to sit on his little dowel rod than trying to navigate a slick bottom without traction. I think I actually managed to make the box go flying on the way home from the pet store, or at least shift around in the floorboard of the car. It is really easy to miscalculate when driving.
people who trailer horses for the first time are often told to drive like they have a full cup of water (or coffee ) in the cab which they don't want to spill. It is rather difficult!

With a small cage, secured in the seat or floorboard, the birds can cling onto the perch.

Of course, if you have to step on the breaks hard (or worse, G-d forbid), everybody in the car will get jerked about.

I hope I made myself clearer (I sometimes abbreviate my thoughts, at the cost of clarity)
Yes, thanks a lot, that's really cleared up why I shouldn't use the boxes.

So far, the few times we had to transport the budgies, I held their cage or box with my husband driving but in emergency situations i might have to transport them on my own.

So would you recommend covering the traveling cage on three sides to make them feel more secure?

Also, I have a small cage, though larger than the Riviera travel cage, which we got from the previous owner. It's pretty sturdy. Could I just use that or is a smaller cage preferable while travelling?

Also, can two budgies travel in the same cage together or would that increase the risk of injuries? For short journeys of ten minutes or so is the Riviera cage big enough for two budgies?
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I can't speak for the Riviera, but a regular small cage should be - assuming the birds get along very well - be fine for short periods of time.

I am trying to find the cage online I got laying around (literally) the house. They go for about 15 dollars at Walmart, and are really not big enough for anything but emergencies.
Like Faery, I secure all doors (as a matter of fact, I use bread clips on my big cage, because I also have cats)

I would consider covering the cage completely while traveling, assuming it is not too hot. There is a lot going on, and a little bid of dark and quiet goes a long way to keep flighty animals calm.

Then again, I have hauled my birds to the pet sitter in their big flight cage, not having anything big enough to cover them....
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