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Making a Smooth Move with Your Feathered Friend

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Getting ready to move? If you are a bird owner, you have more than just boxes and furniture to worry about! Moving is stressful even for people, so it's no wonder it is stressful for birds. Because birds that are stressed are more susceptible to disease and illness, it's important to reduce your bird's stress level as much as possible during your move. To help the relocation go more smoothly for you and your feathered friend, remember the following moving tips:

1. Choose a Proper Travel Cage

Select a travel cage that's comfortable for your bird as well as suited to your mode of transportation. For example, if you will be flying to your new home, your bird's carrier must adhere to airline regulations. By constrast, if you are driving, you may have any type travel cage of your choosing (as long as it fits in your vehicle!)

2. Carry Your Vet's Contact Information

Before leaving for your new home, ask your avian vet to refer you to any other avian vets that he or she may know in the area that you are moving to. If your vet doesn't know any, you can contact the Association of Avian Veterinarians for help. Be sure to have contact information for your new vet as well as your old vet on hand in case of an emergency.

3. Keep Necessary Supplies on Hand

It's important to remember to pack supplies for your bird in a carry-on bag for easy access during the trip. Bring fresh food, a bottle of water, a cage cover, your bird first aid kit, and some of your bird's favorite toys to help create a relaxed and familiar atmosphere.

4. Save Your Bird for Last

To make things easier for you, try to set yourself up so that the last thing to move into your new home are you and your bird. Taking your bird last reduces the amount of time that he is exposed to the stresses of moving, and it eliminates the need to leave the bird alone in your new home while you move the rest of your belongings.

5. Have a Cage Ready at Your Destination

Have a cage set up and ready for your bird the moment that he comes into your new home. Place it in a quiet, low traffic location so that your bird will have the opportunity to rest. Stock the cage well with tasty treats, fresh water, and your bird's favorite toys. Being surrounded by familiar items will help keep your bird calm and relaxed as he adjusts to his new home.

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