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Old 10-23-2016, 10:44 PM
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Default Travel cage/carrier bag --winter

Hi all, sorry if this is the wrong thread as I wasn't sure where to ask this question . I am a new budgie owner since August so the cold weather with be a first with Rocky since we are In Canada .I have to bring my Rocky this November to my friend house about 15 min car ride who will babysitting him while I am going away for a week and since it will be cold I wasn't sure if it will be better to buy a small travel bag OR just use the small cage that I use when I went to the vet this summer. The cage I used to bring him to the vet is Rocky' s first cage and it is not too big BUT definitely not like a cage carrier that they sell. I have added a pic below..Since November will be much colder I am scare with the cage for draft so I was looking at this travel bag and it is good for small bird but not sure if that will be better for cold weather? My car will be right at the door step and warmed up so to go in my car is not the problem is more coming out in the cold getting at my friend house since I will have to walk outside to her door. So maybe this carrier bag will be better and i can cover with a blanket?? Any tips would help



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Old 10-23-2016, 11:40 PM
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I would think there would be less to bang into in a soft bag carrier during the car ride
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Old 10-23-2016, 11:53 PM
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I would think there would be less to bang into in a soft bag carrier during the car ride


Thanks I thought so too it's was ok summer time I was with him in the backseat and the cage is not heavy he was fine but I think with the bag will be easier and safer less draft


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Birds don't grasp flat surfaces well so there may be some sliding around using a carrier with no perch. I used to use a flat cardboard carrier and even with a textured towel there was a little bit of sliding. When I had one I just used a plastic guinea pig carrier that I drilled a hole in to install a perch. I do not recommend this my budgie hated going into a dark carrier; it really added to her anxiety level. Now I have two budgies so I use a small wire bird cage like the one pictured in your first post. They don't love it because it is small but they don't freak out as much.
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Hi Nathalie! Right now you have two options. You could use the small cloth carrier, or his old cage, which are both quite feasible. With the cloth one though, as was said, Rocky may slide around more and it will be dark, which depending on how Rocky is with that type of situation, will either scare the bejeezus out of him or he'll be fine. One thing I will suggest though is to wedge a dowel in there for him to stand on so he doesn't slide around.

As far as his cage goes, this is an easy fix. Wrap a blanket around his cage to make it warm, and if you have a hot water bottle, this would come in handy here, under a light towel of course. This can also be used in the carrier. I actually have my vet cages that I use an old zip up sweatshirt as a cover and it works beautifully.

Hope this helps! Good luck with your decision.

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I have both the carrier you pictured as well as a travel cage.

In my opinion, the cage is the better option.
All you need to do is wrap it securely in a couple of blankets and ensure your car is warm.
I transported budgies for over 7 1/2 hours in February in my car in a travel cage with no problems.
You will only be traveling for 15 minutes.

The interior of the carrier bag is slick, it does not come have a perch and it would be much more frightening for Rocky than the cage.
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Thanks you so much for all your help guys ...I will use his old cage as he was ok when we went to the vet this summer ...so I will wrap up his cage in a blanket and I guess I can then open a bit the blanket when in the car to let him some air? I was thinking that also no perch in this carrier bag and this bag might also remind him of when we picked him up form the pet store that confined box I do not want to remind him of that episode of stress.


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Yes, I agree with the advice above What I would do is put a thick blanket over it, and not wrap or tie it so that the bottom of the cage stays open and can let in air, similar to how you cover him at night. If outdoors is very cold, then I agree with wrapping it more tightly and once in the car ensuring there is enough space to allow airflow
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Yes, I agree with the advice above What I would do is put a thick blanket over it, and not wrap or tie it so that the bottom of the cage stays open and can let in air, similar to how you cover him at night. If outdoors is very cold, then I agree with wrapping it more tightly and once in the car ensuring there is enough space to allow airflow


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As Star indicated, I leave the bottom portion of the cage unwrapped once in the car and, because the car is warm, I open a little of the cover on one side as well.
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