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Transporting a macaw? 
25th-Sep-2008 10:19 pm

Basically, I have the chance to adopt a 4 year old military macaw, who, if his owner described him/her correctly, is very friendly and hand-tamed. The only problem is that this bird is about 4 hours away. If I do actually get to adopt him, what should I use to transport him? obviously I'm not going to just throw him in a cardboard box for 4 hours. I've heard about travel cages but I don't know what they are, just a small cage that fits easily into the back seat of a car?

Also, if anyone else has any other tips for keeping birds calm on a 4 hour car trip that would be great. I know it'll be hard to keep a large bird in a small space for 4 hours and I'd like to keep the stress level as low as possible.

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26th-Sep-2008 06:24 am (UTC)
I drove from Harrisburg PA to Phoenix AZ, a 3 day trip, with two Macaws in a travel carrier designed for a large dog. I made sure they had a view of the world going by the whole tip. I stopped every few hours to clean the cage and refresh the food and water. They handled the trip quite well so I'm certain a 4 hour ride will be fine.

One of them even started talking during the trip. I had adopted the birds four months prior to my cross country drive and she had never talked the whole four months. I contacted the person I adopted them from and was told she had never spoken prior to my adopting her.

I've still got both birds and one of them still talks.
26th-Sep-2008 09:37 pm (UTC)
This was exactly what I was going to suggest. My greenwing macaw fits (not that nicely- his tail bends- but he has never complained) in a medium/large one as well- and that one fits in the back seat of my car.
27th-Sep-2008 04:23 pm (UTC)
Thansk guys :] I'm still not sure whether I'm going to be able to adopt him yet, his owner hasn't emailed me back, but when/if I get the ok I'll go out and pick up a large dog carrier
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