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My friend lives in a caravan and wants to get a budgie. How will the budgie like it? Will it get upset when the car moves?

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What do you mean by a caravan? Is that like a recreational vehicle with an actual little kitchen, etc?

I would be very reluctant to have a budgie living in either a car or a van but if the vehicle is a very large Recreational Vehicle it might be possible.

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I'm in the UK, and most caravans are rather small and can be very cold in the Winter.

Also, if it's small in size keeping fumes from a budgie would be tricky.
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we are presently converting a mini school bus to an RV-class B size which
parks legally in a driveway in the US.We plan to take the flock with us. for safety we will us compact hospital size carrier on the road and release the flock in to a flight cage when we stop for extended period of time. I would suggest acclimating the budgies before full time housing. You have to be sure temp is acceptable. We do not want boiled or frozen budgies. All windows must be properly screened and we plan to hang a garage size screen curtain back from the front door. flight cage should be roomy. We never allow free flight unattended in the house same rules apply in caravan. At least at first We will have a screen over the front door so we will have a safe space to avoid accidents. we will have a sign on the door with a welcome guests but caution -budgies may be flying free. Most aviaries have some type of dead space for safety. we have screen curtains over doors where budgies could possibly fly through an open door in our home. So the short answer is yes, with conditions. especially if a cat or dog may also be part of the family. Crates are called for dogs and cats for safe driving. You must be very conscious-no room for mistakes!!! Yes we have had some adventures with our flock but with redundant curtain blocks we have never had an escape. there wiil be a special place to tie down transport cage and extra clips on doors. we usually have a max of 2 free flight birds at one time in the house because
budgies have ample room to fly in the bird room flights. So start slowly with brief trips in neighborhood or to vet ' s so that the process is not new and causes fear. our guys are well adapted and many have been with us several years. The tolerate being handled with out panic. So first be sure you have no fears that your birds will pick up on from you. Do your best like they are babies and prepare a "go bag" for budgies. Include water and food and first aid kit, and cage cover. take portable heat discs for emergencies. Call this a practice run for an emergency. Have vet health cert if you go out of state.Many people travel by car to bird shows with their birds. Take a big sheet to put on floor if you stay in a motel. The maid will be glad not to have feathers and seed all over. We put our birds in the shower to limit issues like an escaped bird. They can fly in bath with door closed. A good flight makes a bird tired and hungry and it releases stress build up. be sure all birds are tolerant of their cage mates. On the road is not a time for squabbles.
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Just my opinion but unless this is used only for traveling from to and back for necessity, long term living in a vehicle is not ideal for small birds. I would think temperature variations and air quality and would be the biggest problem.
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Yes, there are tons of issues to address in this situation. An experienced budgie parent should be able to do this. The owners of Windy City Parrot have a Caravan home and seem to handle the challenges effectively. Experience is the key. As I said above, It can be done, but carefully!!! This is not for novice
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I would advise against keeping birds in a caravan, Firstly it's a very small space and may there may not be room for a large enough cage, as well as there will be limited flight space. It would also be difficult to maintain temperature and the constant moving on the car may be stressful. I have been in my caravan while it was moved a couple metres to get into a better spot and you would be surprised just how much the whole thing moves around, and things will fall down if not carefully stored. While the car is moving your friend won't be able to ensure the van doesn't overheat or get too cold.
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Again, Careful planing is a must. Our budgies are tied down in a travel cage with us in the car. and are never left alone. One of us is always with them. We take turns for potty breaks and always check birds for any needs. There are lots of secure ways to make the flight cage secure. My husband and I are creative and handy. So we feel able to handle this issue. We see this as practice for an emergency which includes moving our birds to a safer place. Budgies that are handled and exposed to travel do quite well. They know there are treats at the end of the day of travel and are equipped with temperature control protection. If it is too cold for me then the budgies are given heat support. If you feel ill- equipped for travel with any pet this is fine except in the case of vet visits. In which case I do advise that all caged birds be acclimated to travel in a hospital/travel cage to reduce the fear often associated with seeing the vet. Your vet staff can do a better job if you, the owner prepares their birds in advance just as if your birds were little human children.

Many birds pick up the fear from the owners who are fearful about the event. The members of our flock settle in and bask in the sun and nibble on the millet spray. caring for a flock requires skill and self confidence.and years of experience. As breeders often transport their birds it really seems like an every day event that is already prepared for. With the proper exposure birds become seasoned travelers. If you have the confidence and experience then you will find ways to adjust and give your birds proper care. We enjoy our adventures with our birds. They are so much a part of our lives it is hard to imagine them not with us. You decide based on your experience and skill.
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Referencing my initial post on this thread.
I have asked the original poster ask their friend to join the forum him/herself rather than getting information second-hand.

We prefer that members ask questions for themselves, not for friends who are not a part of the forum.
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