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How To Get Your Bird Used To A Bird Carrier

How To Get Your Bird Used To A Bird Carrier

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How To Get Your Bird Used To A Bird Carrier

Convincing your parrot to get into a bird carrier vexes many a bird owner. As feathers fly and beaks bite, its no wonder that many people forgo putting their parrots into a bird carrier.  Learn how to drastically increase your parrots comfort level for traveling in a bird carrier. Here are some tips to calm your parrot as it learns to enjoy your expeditions. You don't have to leave your parrot at home!

Choose a bird carrier based on you parrots personality

 The inventor of the Wingabago Bird Carrier dawned upon the notion that clear bird carriers decrease your parrots stress during travel simply because the bird can see you through the clear plastic, yet still feel safe in a confined space.

  • Cage bound: Travel cages may replicate your pet birds actual cage, especially if you install its familiar bird perch, food cups, bird toy or sleep tent. If your parrot tends to flop about when it is nervous, thereby getting its wing feathers trapped and broken between cage bars, a hard sided carrier would be a better choice.
  • Timid of anything new: Any bird carrier will do as long as you acclimate your parrot to the bird carrier over a 2-3 week period of time. 

Start bird carrier exposure as early as possible

Baby pet birds and parrots go with the flow much more calmly than mature parrots so they will adapt to being placed in a bird carrier faster and with less "drama." A parrot that has become set in its ways will need special considerations to feel safe in a bird carrier. Use slow, step-by-step bird training methods like those found in Clicker Training for Birds to insure that time in the confined bird carrier is a rewarding experience for your bird. Tempt your parrot into the bird carrier with toys and treats.

Make the bird carrier a happy place for your parrot

Most of your trips in the bird carrier need to be fun.  If you only use the bird carrier to take your parrot to the vet, your bird will associate bird carrier use with fear.  While your parrot is inside of its bird carrier give it a lot of verbal praise and offer bird treats through the bars. Repeat positive attention when your parrot is calm (make sure that you are rewarding calm behavior, rather than fear). Never use a bird carrier as a "time out" zone or a form of punishment.

Allow your parrot time to become accustomed to the bird carrier over time

 Emotionally healthy parrots love to explore - so purchase the new bird carrier several weeks before your travel date. Use the concept that your parrot will need to take baby steps to grow from simply feeling safe around the bird carrier, feeling safe being inside the bird carrier, to looking forward to riding in a vehicle while inside the bird carrier.

  1. Acclimate Your Bird to the Carrier
    • Assemble the bird carrier and place it on the floor as close to the bird cage as your parrot can tolerate.
    • As your parrot tolerates the bird carrier in its vicinity move it closer and closer.
    • Place your parrots favorite bird perch, bird toys and food cups inside the bird carrier.
    • Encourage entry into the bird carrier, always making sure that your bird gets plenty of praise for entry.
    • Practice shutting the bird carrier door.
    • Motion in a vehicle.
  2. Maintain your parrots comfort level by using your bird carrier frequently in your favored travel modalities: 
    • Use your bird carrier frequently for pleasure trips, short or long.
 
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