Hey guys! I am in need of some advice once more. My family is moving halfway across the country (again), and we'll be driving.
I've done quite a bit of research in regards to traveling by car with a budgie, but need some advice with a problem I'm having. I have two potential cages for the journey. One is 12 L x 9 W x 15 H, the other 15 L x 12 W x 18 H, and I'm having trouble deciding between the two.
The smaller one would obviously be easier to carry and would give him less room to flap around and potentially hurt himself, but at the same it's nearly 1/4th the size of the cage he's currently in. The other issue is that he wouldn't be in this cage for just the 3-day car drive. We might have to stay in a hotel for around a month, and I don't want to leave him in that tiny cage for that long. I also don't want to potentially traumatize him by trying to get him from that tiny cage to the slightly bigger one, once we're at our destination (but still in a hotel, an unfamiliar environment with potential harass if he flutters around the room).
I like the larger cage. It was his first cage, so he's already familiar and comfortable in it, and there's enough room for plenty of toys, and for stretching and short flights.
THE MAIN QUESTION:
If I keep the perch low in the larger cage, would he be safe during the journey? I know birds can get spooked and potentially hurt as they flap about, but there would be nothing there to run into. Then when we get to our longer-stay hotel, I can pop in another perch and his toys, and he'd be fine and comfortable until we get a home.
I would travel him in the small cage and put him in the bigger cage when not traveling. Even with nothing in the bigger cage he could fly into the bars and hurt himself during a fright. If it were me, I would also seriously consider wing clipping for this journey and temporary housing time period...
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We used to travel all over the US to Budgie shows. Use the smaller cage in the car. When you are at the interim hotel for a month, set budgie up in the larger cage. Also Take budgie in bathroom and close the door and allow a few minutes daily to stretch the wings. Purchase a butterfly net from a dollar store for emergencies /need to catch ASAP. While traveling at night set up a night light to help with night freight. Acclimate the bird to the car before the trip with short trips around the block. Most of our budgies like to look out windows, but some do not. You can throw alight cover over the cage , but allow periods of time with it off so budgie will eat. Cover the end of the cage closest to the A/C vent. When stop for brakes take turns staying with the bird and doing cage maintenance When you stop at a motel for the night give fresh water and food. avoid greens that can induce runny droopings. Use only bottled water and give fresh electrolite /probiotic water each day. In AM get the bird up early enough so that it can eat and drink before you leave. When you stop put the water container in and remove while moving. Put a lot of millet spray in the cage to encourage eating . The millet spray can be presoaked in electrolyte water to encourage water consumption. Do not give any foreign food or water only what was prepared from home. Take 2 to 3 months dryfood prepared store bought egg food like classic Quiko at least so you have it till you are settled. Keep budgie on alternate ACV/Electrolyte-probiotics in water until settled to keep immune system boosted to handle stress. In hotels we put a clean sheet in bathtub and put cage on the luggage stand in the bath tub.
this will keep the exposure to excess A/C to a minimum and keep feather /seed under control. we have a small vac that we carry to vac as we leave. The cleaning crew will love you and you will not get any unexpected charges.
Put waste basket outside door when you leave to prevent smells in hot rooms that will not go away easily. We talk to our birds on the way and let then look out the window. See if your bird will like this. Put cuttle bone, manu rose and tie a kabob at top and bottom to the cage so budgie has plenty to chew and keep busy.Play radio/CD at moderate sound level and understand that road sounds can scare a budgie at first. Keep first aid kit/meds /measuring spoon &measuring cup/ Vet certificate to cross state lines close at hand.Check with your vet a head of time. Look up a local avian vet as soon as you know where your new home is. I may have missed something.
Others will be along to add info. Have a safe trip. Remember to tie the cage down preferably in back seat. Best wishes, Jo Ann