Tailfeathers
Contact | Tour
where bird lovers gather
Bird InformationMessage BoardNetwork Home

 

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 20

Thread: How do you travel with a cockatiel?

  1. #1
    Brand New Egg
    Name
    Miyoung H. Schuler
    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    Location
    Bainbridge Island, WA
    Posts
    15
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    How do you travel with a cockatiel?

    Dear everyone,
    I have a (probably stupid) quesiton -- how does everyone out there travel with their cockatiel? I'd like to take my tiel to a vet for a general check up and all the books I've read don't seem to mention how one actually gets from point A to point B with a bird in the car. The pet box that we brought Bubschein home in wasn't great -- there wasn't anywhere for him to get a footing and he slid around a lot. The bird carrier at the pet store was over $150. Any suggestions? Thanks.

  2. #2
    Hatching kab6193's Avatar
    Name
    Kimberly
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    Greenville, NC, United States
    Posts
    530
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 9 Times in 9 Posts

    Re: How do you travel with a cockatiel?

    I use a small Kitten carrier that I got at Wal-Mart for $20. I line it with newspaper and Mattie has gotten used to it. It works really good because I can take the top off if she doesn't want to go in. I've seen people use the really small cages. You also can find cheaper bird carriers online or at different bird stores. Since you have a tiel you don't need a really big one and I've seen those priced about $75.
    The big thing is that your tiel is safe! Make sure you can strap it into the car using the seat belt or something else. NEVER put the carrier in a front seat that has an air bag feature.
    Hope this helps
    In loving memory of Mattie the...

  3. #3
    Hatching ksosne's Avatar
    Name
    Kristina
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    Seattle Area
    Posts
    458
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Re: How do you travel with a cockatiel?

    We have a cat carrier that I use too. I got it for $22 at the pet store down the street. I line it with newspaper so he doesn't slide around while we're traveling. He doesn't seem to mind being in it too much. At least, while we are moving!

  4. #4
    Always Awing Tailfeather featherjinxer's Avatar
    Name
    fj
    Join Date
    Jul 2002
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    4,776
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Re: How do you travel with a cockatiel?

    yep, small animal carriers work great.

    I happened to recieve a show cage at one time, and I use that. A small cage works if you have one around, but be sure to saftey pin a towel around it. The towl will help keep drafts out, and suddent air temp changes (such as in winter or summer, although I'd be more worried about winter!). They also help the bird from getting scared and freaking out, hurting itself. Sounds odd, but sometimes there will be somethingoutside that can scare them. Also, run your car, and have the heat or air already on before you put the bird in .

  5. #5
    Picards Mummy Found a Mate Melody's Avatar
    Name
    Melody
    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    Location
    Hobart, Tasmania
    Posts
    2,334
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Re: How do you travel with a cockatiel?


    brought a small cage and i put Picard in that, then i wrap a towel around him or if it is cold i wrap a blanket around him. He is fine like that, have not had any complaints...yet....

  6. #6
    Egg's Cracking...
    Name
    Kayla Du Bry
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Location
    Gillette, Wyoming, but also in Denver,CO USA
    Posts
    290
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Re: How do you travel with a cockatiel?

    I got a small bird carrier at our pet store for 20$ I was surprised to find it was sturdy and durable. I just put Katie in there in the middle back seat buckled up. It worked pretty good.

  7. #7
    Egg's Cracking...
    Name
    Christine
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Location
    Florida
    Posts
    308
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Re: How do you travel with a cockatiel?

    I use a small bird cage and seat belt it in to whichever seat I put them on.

  8. #8
    Banned Tailfeather Squawk and Howl's Avatar
    Name
    dani
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Location
    Oakland, CA
    Posts
    7,290
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Re: How do you travel with a cockatiel?


  9. #9
    Brand New Egg
    Name
    Miyoung H. Schuler
    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    Location
    Bainbridge Island, WA
    Posts
    15
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Re: How do you travel with a cockatiel?

    Thank you for all the great tips! M.

  10. #10
    I shouldn't let Dan change my title...he's not very creative Found a Mate flyingduster's Avatar
    Name
    you can call me FD
    Join Date
    Oct 2001
    Location
    New Zealand
    Posts
    2,377
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Re: How do you travel with a cockatiel?

    I have a small cage, and I use a single perch in it rather than have them skidding around on the floor. they can keep their balance easily on a perch; no different than in a tree on a windy day!!! hehe. And I've also used a towel over the cage, as they can also freak a bit at everything flying past them!!

  11. #11
    Pardon My Pearls Please Tailfeather Oh Mowsie's Avatar
    Name
    Nicole
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Location
    MN
    Posts
    9,123
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Re: How do you travel with a cockatiel?

    I use a kitten sized carrier when its just one birdy. If I'm taking more than that, I have a smaller cage I travel with and I have perches in it. When I'm traveling with the kitten carrier, I put newspaper in the bottom and tie a sprig of millet "just so" to the side, stretching out across the floor and then tied to the other side. It makes a great temporary perch and something for them to nibble on.
    Visit Apache, Neo, Silver, Taxi, Tieka, Trinny, Buzz, Tiggy, Paris, Persephone & Hektor at Nikkie's Cockatiels More of what the flock is up too at their blog. Tiel Tales
    "Somewhere out there
    Someone's singing a prayer
    That we'll find one another
    In that big somewhere, out there"~


    Prayers for Paris- Please come home!

  12. #12
    Brand New Egg KH1217's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Location
    Illinois
    Posts
    84
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Re: How do you travel with a cockatiel?

    I also use a small animal carrier with newspaper on the bottom and a perch in the middle for Birdie to sit on. There's room for her to walk around on the bottom of the carrier as well. She does just fine on the trips to the vet and 3 hour car rides home from school.
    4 dogs, 7 cats, 6 turtles, 5 guinea pigs, fish, and a 2 Cockatiels!

  13. #13
    Brand New Egg luv_my_tiel's Avatar
    Name
    Tony
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    South central Pa
    Posts
    66
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Re: How do you travel with a cockatiel?

    You could always go to www.martinscages.com. That is where I got mine from and the prices are fairly cheap. The size of mine is 18 x 11x 11 and only cost me $27 (22 + 5 for special order) I use it when we travel.
    Last edited by luv_my_tiel; 12-15-2004 at 04:13 AM.
    "A word to the wise ain't necessary -- it's the stupid ones that need the advice."
    Bill Cosby (1937-)

    My pearl Meeka

  14. #14
    Moderator Tailfeather Community Moderator notredamebird's Avatar
    Name
    Danielle
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Location
    Baltimore, MD
    Posts
    5,892
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 7 Times in 6 Posts

    Re: How do you travel with a cockatiel?

    On car trips, I used to put Sam in a small cage (parakeet-sized; like those uber small things pet stores wrongly call 'cockatiel starter kits'), and seatbelt the cage in. We went to the vet like that and on trips from Indiana to New Hampshire. She was a good travelor.

    We also put it between the seats of my dad's van once. She spent lots of the trip in the upper corner, head pressed against the top, just to get closer to us!

    Other than that she was a good little travelor!

    Of course if they're going on a plane flight, you need a small hard closed container that fits under the seat in front of you. Man, Sam hated that. But she would be good so long as she could see my shoes. If the shoes went away...she'd call me back desperately.

  15. #15
    Egg's Cracking... justme4910's Avatar
    Name
    Greg
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Location
    tn
    Posts
    225
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Re: How do you travel with a cockatiel?

    i got the kitty carrier from wal mart and drilled 2 holes in the sides and put a perch in,but she mostly hangs on the door,and i warm the truck up and cover the carrier with a coat in the winter to get her to the truck

Remove Ads

Similar Threads

  1. Travel
    By rseymour in forum General Discussion
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 08-11-2007, 06:23 AM
  2. Travel Box
    By Nutterly_Uts in forum Conures
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 08-01-2007, 10:37 AM
  3. Travel in car?
    By Estie in forum Cockatiel Care, Feeding, Dangers, Health
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 12-23-2005, 11:26 AM
  4. Travel
    By Luca in forum Other Budgie Topics
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 11-02-2005, 12:03 PM
  5. Cockatiel Travel
    By PhreakShow in forum Cockatiel Care, Feeding, Dangers, Health
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 11-14-2003, 02:37 AM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Message BoardNetwork Home