I am preparing for the day I finally get to bring my little guy, Kimchi, home. (He was supposed to come home tomorrow but he is stubbornly still eating formula (at 8.5 weeks old!) so I am waiting at least another week.)
I have a small cage for him that I had planned on using for a carrier, but I'm a little concerned about it, predominantly because the door is very small. I worry about how I'm going to get Kimchi inside it, especially as we won't know him well yet. It's a little rickety (it housed a canary many years ago) so getting the roof on and off is a little fiddly and would be difficult with him if I tried to put him in through the roof instead of the door. I've never had an English budgie before, so it's hard to gauge what size door he would need.
Do you think I need a different carrier? Does anyone have a carrier in the style of the photo I've attached? I looked at them at Petco yesterday and they seemed sturdy, have a big door, and are reasonably priced. Would it be good to have? Or am I worrying needlessly? I will say I think this photo is of the "small" size and I would purchase the large.
One photo is my hand by the door (thats as wide as it opens), the other is the general kind of carrier I'm considering, I couldn't find the exact model online.
Aww that's so cute, Hehe stubborn little baby. Well if you are worried about the size then probably be smart to get a larger carrier. And it isn't dire to get a plastic carrier if all your doing for now is bringing him home. At pet smart and I think Petco there are pretty big cardboard carriers for birds. They are pretty sturdy and don't cost much at all! good luck! And the best wishes to you and your little kimchi
Apparently this plastic bath I use is also a carrier...if that's any help. If you're interested, and the resident experts here think it would indeed be suitable, I'll take a picture of the label that came with it, and give you the measurements. :-)
Getting him into the cage at the breeders shouldn't be difficult because it is a familiar environment and if he was hand fed he probably already understands the step up command. Getting him out may be difficult but mine were so dazed from the drive home and new stimuli that they just obeyed the step up command automatically (again already learned from breeder). I personally would use the small cage if you can reinforce it sufficiently with zip ties otherwise you can use a box or buy a carrier. I would suggest big doors and something they can see out their surroundings. I have two carriers and I can tell a big difference in willingness to use them based on just those two criteria. You can still toss a blanket over the cage or carrier if it is cold or to make them feel more secure.
As for carriers I'm really not to impressed with what is out there on the market. I adapted a guinea pig carrier for Tico, my budgie, but he hates it. Grayson my tiel has an adapted cat kennel as his carrier and while he dislikes going inside he at least doesn't try to run away.
Cody thanks for the input! I just bought pretty much that model this afternoon. The door seems nice and big, and I can hold it in my lap on the way home. Plus it was only $13.00 with the coupon on Petco.com-- 20% off everything today!