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Old 04-05-2011, 10:35 PM
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Travel cage

My wife & I have a 1 year old B&G Macaw. When vacation time comes, my wife says Mac goes with us!

He's only a baby, you know!!

We would probably travel around 6 hours in our truck or Jeep. How large of a travel cage would be recommended?

I bought an old large cage and reworked parts of it in to a cage around 32" long by 16" wide by 20" tall. Mac has enough room to move around but it's a bit heavy for my wife to handle.

Input appreciated!!
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Old 04-05-2011, 10:45 PM
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Re: Travel cage

Some of our birds travel with us on trips and we use a very small carrier to transport to and from the car. Other than that the birds roam the car and love it. Might not be recommended by some but they love to ride and want 2 be with us on the shoulder ect. instead of the carrier.
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Re: Travel cage

When I take my birds anywhere my cockatiel sits on my shoulder because he is much happier. Otherwise he is just roaming around his cage looking for a way out. I would suggest to see how your bird acts to being in the car if it is possible for him to be out.
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Old 04-06-2011, 01:30 AM
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Re: Travel cage

I do however recommend a travel cage for a Macaw unless someone is sitting with the bird in the back seat. Don't bring it to the front seat. It can be dangerous!!!! When I brought my macaw with me without a cage to the vet clinic which is only 15min away. He freaked out cause he knows where he's going, the first time he behaved well, not the second time around....He started flopping and going berserk in the car almost causing me to wreck.... I no longer ride with him in the car alone....I go in the back seat with him....Or in the travel cage he goes....
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Old 04-06-2011, 08:04 AM
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Re: Travel cage

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I do however recommend a travel cage for a Macaw unless someone is sitting with the bird in the back seat. Don't bring it to the front seat. It can be dangerous!!!! When I brought my macaw with me without a cage to the vet clinic which is only 15min away. He freaked out cause he knows where he's going, the first time he behaved well, not the second time around....He started flopping and going berserk in the car almost causing me to wreck.... I no longer ride with him in the car alone....I go in the back seat with him....Or in the travel cage he goes....
As I was reading the other responses I was thinking of that exact situation. Mac would not understand the part of not getting on the steering wheel and grabbing my fingers. "OH, play time!!"

My wife thinks the cage should restrict movement so Mac can't get jostled around during turns, starts & stops. He travels well in the current cage and I feel he needs room to move around.
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