How to Travel With Birds

Photo by Dave Location: Orlando, FL Pictured: Travel Cages in Travel Trailer 

I guess this entry isn't as much a "how to" as it is a "how we do it"!

In our travel trailer that is completely devoted to magic props and birds, we just put in a nice floor over the wood so it would clean up much easier and be much more sanitary then things that could soak into the wood and stay there.

We've also made sure to test out all the cages on a drive to be sure we have everything secured down so no trays will go sliding or food bowls will fall out and spill. When driving all the time to location to location, you have to be careful about how things can move and foraging toys don't always work that well (depending on the type) since the drive will spill the food out itself - making them a piece of cake for the birds to get into!

Photo by Dave Location: Orlando, FL Pictured: Travel Cages in Travel Trailer 

In this set up, every bird has their own cage which is essential when traveling. Because the cages are smaller than their normal cages, they need their own space and when traveling you never know how birds will react so its best if they are alone.

There will be nine birds traveling with us in this trailer; 4 macaws, 3 cockatoos, 1 grey and 1 toucan.

The space is set up with A/C and heat should weather fluctuate too much and we have a generator on the front as well as being able to plug into places we stop at. We also have spare fans and heaters that can be plugged into places or run on a battery "just in case" our A/C and heat unit goes out, as well as in case our generator fails. We want to be prepared for EVERYTHING, as you never know what the world will throw at you!

We keep large containers of food so we're set for a few weeks and they are air sealed tight so bugs and the like can't make their way in and spoil the food.

Article by Jamieleigh Womach. She has been working with parrots and toucans since the age of 17. She isn’t homeless but is home less than she prefers to be. She travels the world with her husband, daughter, and a flockful of parrots whom she shares the stage with.

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