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Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Bird Travel Carriers

Shipping birds can be made to be less stressful by following some sensible advice from experienced shippers and adhering to the rules and regulations of the shippers. What follows is an outline of how to avoid undue stress, accidents, loss and/ or injury to the birds that you want to ship. It is important to buy a bird travel carriers to meet the specific travel needs. If you live in a warm climate or have space concerns, a collapsible bird carrier may be the best choice. Many people enjoy hiking or going for walks with their parrots, in this case, a backpack style bird travel carrier may suit you and your bird best. Airline approved bird carriers allow you to take your bird on airplanes.

Cockatiels, parakeets and other small pet birds need small bird travel carriers which offer plenty of ventilation. Commercial hard plastic kennel cabs are the standard container for shipping. Some breeders construct heavy wooden crates with a slanted top on one side for better air circulation since all containers may have other cargo stacked around and on top of it.

Each carrier has special requirements for accepting shipments of birds. They do not change from time to time, so you should be sure that you are aware of them before making the trip to the airport. Purchase the bird travel carrier recommended by the airline well in advance and familiarizes the bird with the carrier by taking short trips, especially if the bird seems nervous about being confined. It will be necessary for the bird to remain confined to the carrier for the duration of the flight. Besides the standard plastic under- the- seat carrier, there are shoulder bags and other soft bags with steel frames that have been airline approved for carry-on birds. Young birds travel well in carriers without a perch.

Carrier should be well marked and tagged with information such as flight number, destination, owner’s name and address, home phone number, and the bird’s name and schedule for food and water. Some owners take the extra precaution of using a permanent marker to write all the information and instruction on the carrier. Containers for bird travel carriers must have the “live animal” label on it. If you are unable to prove that the birds are domestic, you may not be able to retrieve them at all.

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