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Getting used to travel...

Discussion in 'Behavior Byway' started by Porter, 3/6/18.

  1. Porter

    Porter Sprinting down the street

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    As I've said in previous posts...

    I'm moving in two months.

    I've been spending quite a bit of time packing up the birds and driving around with them in the car.
    Daffy was a great travel bird.

    Porter has done this trip to VA before but he was MIIISERABLE.

    Behavior wise they are doing fine, I'm just worried about eating and hydration.
    They exhibit stress behaviors and I don't know what else to do but keep doing what I've been doing.

    Ideas? Help?
     
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  2. expressmailtome

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    I don’t really know how to make them more comfortable as you are already doing anything I can think of! Maybe offer his all time favorite foods even if they are not healthy? His favorite toys and a carrier that is covered on all sides but one? I Don’t really have any advice, good luck!
     
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  4. Parakeet88

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    How far is the drive? My GCC is a pretty good traveler, he comes with me when I visit my parents and it's a two and a half hour drive. It's not his favorite thing but he doesn't mind it. I know you can't control this but I've found that the weather makes a difference. He hates if we're driving in rain or if it's still kind of dark out when we leave. He's gotten used to the wipers going and he does better now but it's something I hadn't thought of before.

    I'm not sure what kind of carrier you're using but that can make a difference as well. I put a lot of money into a wingabago carrier because I knew we'd be using it often. You want something he'll be comfortable in. My carrier came with a basic dowel perch, I vet wrapped half of it to give him the option. I found that he wanted to be up at the top of the carrier so I found a perch to put up there and that's where he spends most of the drive, he likes to be able to see out the windows. I took one of his cotton squid toys from his cage to put in his carrier and he likes to climb on it once in a while. You'll want to use soft/ light toys so they won't cause any harm if they swing into your bird.

    Give him ALL the snacks lol I get the carrier set up where Ben can watch me. I make sure he sees me putting all of his favorite snacks into his bowl and I make a big deal about it to get him excited. He loves walnuts so I give him a walnut for a step up and he steps onto his carrier perch without any problems. He spends the first bit of the drive picking all of his snacks out and then he moves to his higher perch to hang out. I always offer water but he doesn't usually drink it while in the car. As long as it's not too far of a drive I wouldn't worry too much about them eating/ drinking. I'd always make food and water available for if they want it. The first time I took Ben out in the rain he regurgitated (not sure why) so I soaked a bit of ginger and chamomile in his water for the next drive and he loved it. If I ever stop at a drive through for food I make sure I get a special snack for him. We usually stop at McDonald's so I get apple slices for him and he loves it!

    You have to figure out what your bird wants. Does he want to see out the window or is he calmer if he's covered? Does the weather affect his behavior? And find ways to cope with that. Are his perches comfortable and does he have options? Find out what kind of perch he prefers. Does having music on affect him one way or another? Basically just anything you can do to make sure he's comfortable and make him feel safe. Pick one of his favorite toys to put in the carrier for him to play with. Shower him with snacks. Make sure you talk to him every so often, I think it helps ease their fear. You want to make car rides fun for him. He may never like being in the car so all you can do is try to make him as comfortable and happy as possible.

    It sounds like you're doing everything right, I hope any of this helps!
     
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    @Parakeet88 has got it, also be excited yourself about the trip!
     
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    All 3 of my birds are good travelers. I don't know how far you are traveling, my trips with mine are only 4 hours each way. I make sure they have food and water. I take a break after a couple hours and have snack time. Doby usually lets me know when he is ready to stop by making this odd snake like thing with his neck. I make sure they can see me with cages facing forward, I have covers that at least cover half the top of the cage so they can get out of direct sun and go down the sides so they don't get irritated with each other, they are all 3 in the back seat with a seat belt around each cage. The cover is also handy when its windy. We do a lot of talking, my goal is to teach them to say "Are we there yet". Since helping my mom with chemo and the side effects all year we have made this trip every two weeks....home two weeks, at moms two weeks.
     
  7. Porter

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    Two day trip, 17 hour drive.

    Thanks for the tips folks!
     
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    Gonna be a long one. Plan your stops and make sure you have their goodie bag of snacks plus a good cooler to keep their fresh food in
     
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  9. Porter

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    Fresh food is apples carrots and grapes for trips it goes in my food cooler.

    And of course their niutriberries.

    But yeah we have made the trip before.

    Heh I've just never done it on my own.
    Stops are at rest stops... Gas stations and a hotel room.
     
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    I’ve traveled with my Timneh, Gracie, for 6 weeks, in a travel trailer. She loves traveling. We stop, just as you plan to do, to offer water and fresh foods. She always has pellets and almonds in her carrier. No issues.
    Good luck.
    Below is the carrier used in the car, with many more toys hanging.

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  11. Porter

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    Porters carrier is about that size and he is the size of a Love bird.
     

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