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Sometimes it is necessary to transport budgerigars over short or even longer distances,
e.g. when moving house or for holidays. Budgies are not as sensitive as many other bird
species and normally bear a journey by car without getting into trouble. However,
some rules should be observed when transporting birds by car.
Considerations before transport
No wings, swaying branches, sharp objects and ladders should be placed into the transport cage. One or two securely fixed bars that provide save foothold are absolutely sufficient. In the case of a sudden stop all swinging objects pose a thread; feeding dishes can hurtle through the cage and in the worst case injure the birds. Therefore remove feeding dishes and toys.
The cage's bottom should be covered with an old newspaper or with paper towels. Sand and other litter are not suitable for a transport cage. The birds can disperse sand and dust when they flutter in panic in the cage. In the worst case something can get into the driver's eyes, which can cause serious accidents. Newspaper or paper towels are the safest options.
The cage has to be placed in the car in such a way that it can be fixed with the safety belt. If the safety belt is not long enough other securing measures have to be taken. A cord for example can help to fix the cage to the seat.
Take some haemostatic batting or medicine> with you. Unfortunately it can happen from time to time that birds are injured during a transport, e.g. when they are scared or in panic and uncontrollably flutter through the cage. If a bird is bleeding and it does not stop by itself, the wound should be treated with a haemostatic medicine as soon as possible.
During the transport
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