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Old 10-22-2020, 09:44 AM   #11
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We travel with our guy a lot, in the car he is in a small travel cage. He actually loves the cage he happily chews all of the items in there. When we get to our destination I transfer him into a larger cage. The cages he has for traveling are smaller than his home cage but he is happy to go new places.
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Old 10-22-2020, 11:55 AM   #12
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Tumi LOVES to travel in the car! He has spent entire summers traveling, and loves every minute of it. Do check for car sickness first, though, because that would be a big issue. Other than that and a safe environment at the end, though, travel can be fun for an adventure-minded parrotlet. He and I travel for up to 12 hours a day in the car with no issues. He loves to take baths on the highway, the little weirdo!
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Old 10-22-2020, 05:26 PM   #13
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One note, I have found the two legged swings work ok for travel but a one leg / point swing is dangerous. To much swinging in every direction.
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Good point about the swings! While a toy or two is important, I always make sure that any toys are low down and against the cage wall so that they don't swing around. Tumi's cage is buckled in the passenger seat beside me (the airbag is automatically off when there isn't enough weight, and Tumi doesn't meet the minimum obviously), and he thinks of it as hours where his mommy is hanging out with him! I always cover his cage so that he can only look toward me and occasionally a small amount out the front if he seems interested. We have been traveling together since he was 12 weeks old, when he and I moved from Illinois to Washington, DC. My last bird, a cockatiel, also did well with travel.
One thing that both of them do/did when travel is go to bed REALLY early. I mean like 6pm, whenever the sun starts to turn toward downward motion, even if it is still light for hours and bedtime is hours away. I just cover him/her completely and it is fine.
Of course, bedtime seems to be a personal thing to some birds anyway! Tumi is currently going to bed at 5:30/6pm at the latest by his demand! That means he makes a chirpy alarm clock in the morning - no snoozing for me, I guess!
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Old 10-26-2020, 11:46 PM   #15
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I regularly travel with Pixie. I regularly visit my parents who r out of state, and various other things. I use a very small travelling cage in the car seat belted in with water and food. (Your seatbelts will be chewed.) She does just fine on drives 6+ hours. I have a small cage with dup favorite toys (not a full p-let cage) when we arrive and she has no issues. For longer, week plus trips, I will bring a larger cage. I found regular travel has made her pretty resilient to change. Also, for the first few days in a new place, she is less active. I do spend a bit of time telling her she is the most glorious bird in the world, and it seems to work. Anyway, my little lady travels on the regular and has adapted quite well. Not saying it will work for everyone, but my girl does quite well traveling.
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