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Pet Transport: Caged Birds

Travelling interstate or overseas with your feathered friends needn't be stressful. Follow these hints to ensure your pets enjoy a safe, hassle-free trip.

  1. Consider a specialist pet transport company so your birds€ travel is handled by experts. Although dogs and cats make up 99 % of transported pets, a reputable company should be able to handle any type of animal that can be legally moved interstate or overseas. A pet transporting company will ensure your budgies, parrots, canaries or other caged birds travel in air-conditioned comfort to and from the airport, and that all paperwork is done and quarantine requirements met.
  2. Ask your pet transporter about quarantine (link to bird and fish quarantine article) when moving your birds interstate or overseas. Depending on their destination, they might have to spend some time in quarantine. A reputable company will have an AQIS (Australian Quarantine Inspection Services) accredited vet, who will examine your feathered friends before departure and sign the appropriate forms.
  3. Get your birds checked by an avian vet a week before departure, to ensure that they are in good health and that any vaccinations are up to date.
  4. Get the right sized IATA (International Air Transport Association) approved travel cage for your birds. Birds that are normally housed together in one cage € eg € a pair of budgies, can travel in the same locked cage. These lockable cages come in different sizes depending on bird species to be housed in them. If you have large numbers of birds, check with your travel consultant about how to cage them for travel.
  5. Put your birds in the travel cage the day before the move, to give them time to adjust to it. Feed and water them as usual on moving day.
  6. Take your birds in the locked cage to the pet transporter, or if they collect from your home, travel with them to the transporter's office.
  7. Once your birds have been checked for quarantine purposes, the pet handlers will remove their food, top up their water and lock the cage. Your birds will travel in an air-conditioned van to the airport, at the same temperature as the plane. If the flight is an international one, they will be checked at each stopover, and their water replenished.
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On arrival, your birds will be collected by the pet transporter representative, given fresh water and cleared through Customs and Quarantine. If they do not need quarantine, they will be brought home in an air-conditioned van. If your pets have to spend a period in quarantine, the pet transporter can arrange to pick them up when they are free to come to your new home.

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