Traveling With Your Bird

Many individuals like travelling with their dogs, which may surprise many of you. I’m not talking about dogs and cats… But there are also birds!

This is due to a variety of factors. It might be tough to locate someone to care for your bird. It is not a good idea to board your bird. Many of these facilities are designed to manage dogs and cats and have no experience with birds. And it may be rather costly!

And, let’s face it, some folks like their pets and want to bring them with them!

This is relatively simple to do with appropriate preparation and study.


You must take your bird to the veterinarian. To travel with your dogs, you will almost always require a health certificate. You may travel freely across the United States, but don’t even consider of crossing the border! Every nation has restrictions regulating the importation of any animal, and there are quarantine processes (which are quite costly). In these instances, you should leave them at home.

Your veterinarian will also examine your pet to confirm that they are fit to travel. They may desire to vaccinate the bird for safety concerns in certain circumstances, so discuss your travel arrangements with your vet.


There are several restrictions and regulations that must be followed while transporting pets by aircraft. You must verify with your airline before booking your journey to confirm that you may take your bird.

In most circumstances, you may bring the bird inside the cabin with you, but there will be a fee. The majority of costs will be at least $50.

Your bird must be transported in an authorised animal carrier. Many pet businesses provide airline-approved pet carriers that just need a few basic modifications. The carrier must be bigger than 23″x13″x9. If you are travelling a huge parrot, you will have difficulties with this restriction, and will have to carry it as “freight”. There are many authorised kennels that are large enough for most parrots.

Attach a perch inside the box to provide something for the bird to stand on. It’s considerably preferable than sliding about on a slick plastic floor and bashing against walls! Attach a food and water dish (if it isn’t already there).

Take note of the weather conditions. If it is chilly outside, you must have something to cover the box to avoid cold draughts. In hot weather, you must discover strategies to keep your bird cool. Keeping a mist bottle in your suitcase is convenient, but according to current airline regulations, you may not be allowed to bring it on board. Check with your airline to see what they allow. Keeping some ice cubes in the water dish is a wonderful idea. They will not splash and will provide your bird with a continual supply of cool water.

Airsickness occurs in birds! One idea is to have some ginger root in the cage for them to munch on.

When you board the airline, make sure you have the required health certifications.


Forget about it! Pet transport is strictly prohibited by Amtrack.


Forget about it! Many accept dogs, but they must be kept restrained in kennels. And, since most boats must go outside of the nation, you will face a big red tape struggle when you arrive. Leave the pet at home unless absolutely essential.


We like to transport our birds in this manner. They get to sit in your seat and enjoy watching everything go by! I recall one trip when we had three parrots vying for a window position….and the stares we got from folks in the vehicles next to us!

Just keep in mind that having free birds in the vehicle is a distraction for the driver, and the cops may not find it amusing. Allow them to go out and stretch while keeping them in their kennels.


Many hotels are increasingly recognising that consumers vacation with their dogs… Even birds are included. They will, so call ahead to find out which ones do. However, please be mindful to the cleaning workers! Bird crap and bedding do not go together! So, if you let your bird out of its travel kennel, be sure it doesn’t create a mess or do any harm.

Another tip… If your hotel stay will last more than a few days, ask the cleaner if you may perform your own cleaning. They use very harsh cleansers that are harmful to birds. Clean up after your birds with your own spray bottle of a safe cleaning.


Make sure you’ve done your homework on where the avian vets are in the city you’re visiting. Trying to locate one at the last minute is going to cost you the life of your bird.

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