About a month ago, my parents suddenly decided on moving to Turkey this very summer. They're planning to do so with the car, since they're also going to hire a truck to transport all our furniture and other vital possessions in it.
Now, we currently live in the Netherlands, and there's quite a distance between the two countries. If you're very fast, you'll make it to Turkey within two days (not recommended). If you're a sensible driver, the trip can take about five days. And five days is quite a big thing, especially for two budgies that aren't very hand tame... and especially since I also have three other siblings (12, 9 and 3). The entire situation simply begs for chaos.
So, please help! How can I best take on this issue? I'd seriously want to keep them both; I've already have to give up on one of them earlier this year (I got him back though after the situation then settled down), and I really don't want that to repeat itself! But I also know that they're going to seriously stress out of their wits on this trip, that even takes a serious toll on us (humans)...
I don't want to add to your concerns, but I think you also have to consider the implications of any customs/importation restrictions there may be on bringing your budgies into another country.
I believe this applies to the countries you are going to be driving through from the Netherlands on your way to Turkey as well.
You can start by looking at the regulations on-line and then, if necessary, contact the appropriate officials directly.
I'm trying to figure out what to suggest but haven't come up with anything yet.
I know how horrid it is traveling in a car with parents in the front and four kids squashed together in the back seat. I can't imagine doing that for five days and then to try to figure out how to handle the budgies on top of that...YIKES!
Wow what a coincidence. I am Turkish and i live in the Netherlands too. I made the drive this summer from the Netherlands to Turkey and back in 3 days, so i know all about the trip. To be honest i wouldnt take them. It can be very stressful for them. The weather is crazy and shifts from cold to hot as you get to a new country on the way. It wont be as bad as it was in the summer heat, now that its winter but waiting hours at the border is terrible. Its risky..
@Faerybee it's fine, thank you for trying to help anyway
@Sayers wow what a coincidence indeed! Either way, you're unfortunately right. I've also considered going to Turkey alone with the plane, and transporting my budgies to there that way, but I'm quite not so sure about that either. Both at Schiphol and at Atatürk Airport, it can get quite hectic and noisy. I'm thinking, maybe I could go there with little hand baggage only, because everything would be there (Turkey) anyway (regarding my clothing and other possessions). But still, then there's the temperature, the noise, maybe some gasses in the cabin that does no harm to humans but can easily make a small, stressed bird sick? Ugh...
By the way, did you get my reply on your private message?
Last edited by JaguarsSoul; 10-26-2015 at 03:46 PM.
This does seem like a serious dilemma
To me, it sounds like going by airplane seems like the best option, but
don't take that as the final option from me alone as I have no clue
if it could be dangerous or not. As long as the plane's temperature is regulated, I'm pretty sure the temperature change wouldn't be a big deal.
As for the noise, I have nothing to say. It will definatly be noisy both by car and by airplane. Hopefully another member could give you advice on this.
Please do as much research as you can to ensure the full safety of your budgies
throughout the trip. I have just given an idea, and this should be thought out more and very carefully. I wish you the absolute best of luck
Ok, please remember to look at ALL options. And if you're taking them by plane, don't forget to get a travel cage. I think by plane sounds like the best option. Make sure you know exactly where they will be though. I know what traveling long distance in a car with lots of people is like, and I can't imagine throwing two budgies into the mix. if you do take them in the car, please please please make sure they are accessible at all times! Don't change any of their toys (although that's obvious) and change food and water every other day. Cover them up at night, and if you stay at a hotel, well... You may have to sneak the in. just kidding, make sure you stay at pet-friendly hotels if you can find any. Or if you stay at something like a campground, leave them in the car. As for noise; that shouldn't be a problem. Temperature shouldn't matter either. But by plane I would worry about air pressure. Good luck! I hope you can keep them. I have nothing else to say, 'cause my wrist is cramping.
I do agree on traveling by plane. You need to reserve your tickets well in advance because there is a limit of pets (I believe 2 birds is max) on one plane.
You also need an airline-approved carrier for them.
Doskocil brand has great travel carriers.
Yes, it will be stressful for them but after a while they should be OK.