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!
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.
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.
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.
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.