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I've come up with this new question for no other reason than that I'm considering driving 3000 km with my budgies next summer.
I know this sounds crazy, right?
Anyway, you can only select TWO possible answers in this poll. It doesn't really matter whether you have actually been on the road with your birds or not - I would like to know your honest opinion too. Do you think it's perfectly possible or not?
I have a bit of road experience with my birds. I've driven them to the vet and back a few times, which is 10 minutes by car. I drove 50 km on the highway with Pixie and Leo on the evening that I bought them. They usually get alert, but not really stressed, and it definitely helps to cover their cage a bit.
I can argument that long-distance driving with budgies would be okay under certain circumstances, such as:
- when the cage is partially (so that the birds get enough oxygen) covered, in order to keep the stress level low and the sun out of their eyes
- when you take enough breaks to check on their food/water trays and illness symptoms
- when you know a bit about first-aid for birds
- when the temperature in the car is not too warm and the airco doesn't run on high
- when you're making an overnight stop, make sure they allow pets on your room (they should not be left alone somewhere)
- the size of the travel cage should not be too small and toys should be put down during the ride to avoid accidents
- no loud, thumping music - choose a relaxing cd instead
On the other hand, I would really like to hear if anyone has had a negative experience with this? All reactions are welcome! :-)