Moving with Budgies: The Ultimate Guide

If you’re a bird lover, you may have been looking for tips about moving with budgies. Budgies are friends you’ll have for life, but it’s natural to be scared and uncertain if you’re moving to a new house. Moving with a budgie is not the easiest thing. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be done.

Lucky for you, we’ve put together the ultimate guide on everything you need to know. We’ve compiled this guide to help you and your feathered friend maneuver an unfamiliar place with ease.

Be Ready For Any Possibility

The key to successful moving with a budgie is foresight. Budgies are clever and agile; if you leave an opening in the cage, they may try to escape and fly away. You don’t want your budgie to do so, as it will be hard to find or chase it down.

Make sure that you keep your budgie inside its cage during transport. If you put it in the cage, make sure that the top bolt of the door is closed. The distance between the bottom and top of the cage should be at least 3 inches to prevent your budgie from escaping.

Planning Is Key To Making It Happen

Budgies are messy! When they are moved into a new place, they may want to explore the entire house. Move their nestbox to a spot far above any high places in your home, like a high-ceilinged room in your house or garage or even an attic space on the upper floor.

Only put their food and water in the room where you keep them so they can access it easily. Also, save an old towel or piece of cloth from laying over your furnishing and curtains so your budgie doesn’t leave any stains.

Once you’re done making these preparations, you’re ready to move on.

Choose A Suitable Carrier

There are many birdcages with wheels available on the market today that can be used to get around easily. When deciding on a carrier for moving with a budgie, remember that you’ll be carrying it a lot along with all your other items when moving into your new place, so choose wisely. Some carriers are big and bulky, making them hard to carry and maneuver when transporting.

If you travel a lot, consider getting a carrier that is of convenient size and easy to carry around. The weight of the container should also be considered; heavy cages might make moving around inconvenient.

To minimize the weight or bulkiness of your budgie cage, buy a model that comes apart with ease so that you can rearrange it while traveling. This will result in less weight and more convenience. Make sure that you pack it securely when reassembling it at your destination area.

Get Your Budgie To The New Place

After you’re done with the preparations, it’s time to transport and move your budgie cage. Your budgie won’t be able to tolerate being left in a carrier for a long duration of time, so keep them confined as much as possible.

When arriving at the destination area, take your budgie from the carrier into their cage. Put all their stuff inside also. Be careful not to scratch them or rub their feathers when moving them around; doing either can result in damaged feathers and skin.

Do A Test Run

Once you’ve put your budgie back into their cage and you’re about to go about your daily activities, go ahead and take a test run of the area. Leave your budgie alone for a few minutes and see how they react.

Budgies are creatures of habit, so they’ll get used to their new environment more quickly if they have time to acclimate themselves. Make sure that you reinforce good behavior by doing this regularly.

If your budgie is scared or uncomfortable with their new surroundings, try making it more familiar.

Acclimatizing Budgies To New Environments For budgies, moving can be an extremely traumatic experience. You must give your budgie a few days to get used to their new house. Acclimatize your bird to not suffer from stress when they meet their new family and new roommates.

You’ll want them to be familiar with their surroundings, and nothing should surprise them. For this, acclimatizing them is surely the smart thing to do before moving.

Things To Do When Moving With Budgies

Get Your Bird A Health Check

It would be best if you got your budgie a check-up before moving. Please don’t wait until it’s too late. Check-up may seem like an unnecessary cost, but it’s worth it in the long run.

At the first sign of any health issues, take him to the vet and get him checked out. It’s better to be safe than sorry, and if you find out about his health early on, you can address it before things get worse.

Remember, birds are very fragile beings that can suffer from even minor ailments. For example, Some budgies can get sick from stress or simple injuries like chipped nails.

Prepare The New Home

The second step is to prepare the new room. You want to keep the environment as clean and clear as possible and make sure that it’s warm and comfortable for your bird. If you’re not sure if you should give him a heat lamp, consult an expert at a pet store.

Also, make sure that there’s plenty of room for him to move around. This means taking some time to rearrange furniture and hanging up his cage. Make sure there’s enough space for him to get out and stretch his wings without getting tangled in cords or swinging from your ceiling fan.

Prepare Your Bird For The Trip

Next, prepare your budgie for the trip. It’s no secret that moving can be a stressful endeavor for us humans, and budgies are not excluded from it. Make sure to let him know in advance that you’re moving house. This way, he will gradually get used to the idea and won’t feel confused or disoriented when you’re doing it.

Get Him Out Of His Cage

The first two steps should be done well before you move into your new home, but the third one should be done right after unpacking all of your stuff in the new place. It’s important to let your bird out of the cage right away and give him a chance to explore.

You should also make sure to rearrange the room properly: Clean up, hang up the cage, arrange furniture, and make it look home again. Budgies are very territorial animals, so they need to feel that they have space and a safe place to be.

Make Some Friends

Try to hang out with your budgie right after you unpack your stuff. This will help him get used to his new environment faster and make him feel safer with his surroundings. It’s also an excellent way to bond with him.

We strongly recommend committing at least two weeks – the “bonding period.” After that, you can start introducing them to each other. Keep the same schedule (feed your budgie every day and clean his cage every day), so he’ll know what to expect each time he gets out of the cage.

It would be best if you didn’t let your bird out in the wild until he’s comfortable with his new home and surroundings.

Don’t Panic

You could end up scaring your bird. These little guys are brilliant, but they can sometimes be nervous and uncertain when they haven’t been in a new house before.

Don’t worry, and don’t get anxious. They will be all right. There is nothing to worry about. Just keep calm and let him settle in slowly.

Remember that he’s scared too, but don’t panic if your bird bites or scratches you to demonstrate his fear. Just like you, he’s also going through a lot of changes. It’s only natural for him to be confused about the situation, and most birds get scared easily.

Be patient with him, and don’t force yourself on him if he doesn’t want your attention. Just like kids, budgies will warm up to you eventually.

When you bring your budgie home, give him time to explore the way he usually would. He may be busy exploring or shivering from the cold, but he’ll eventually warm up to his new surroundings.

Structure His Cage And Environment

Budgies are smart, but they don’t like to be confused or surprised. If he tries to settle in, you might be tempted to rearrange and tweak things in his cage. The simple truth is that he will not like it.

He may be uncomfortable when you change things that have been a part of his cage for a long time. He may even become paranoid about the changes you’ve made.

Changing the furniture around in your own house freaks you out, so imagine how your budgie might feel. It’s better to let him get comfortable in his old familiar environment than to make him adapt to something new and uncertain.

It’s better not to move his cage out of the way and leave it somewhere he might be afraid of. He will likely feel more secure in a comfortable and familiar environment.

Don’t Hurry Him Along

Your budgie may take some time to settle, but that doesn’t mean you need to rush him too much.

Let him get used to his new surroundings on his own time. They might take longer than usual because they’re scared, so be patient and feed your bird tasty treats when he tries new things.

They may never truly want to adjust or get used to their new surroundings if you rush them.

Make Everything Safe And Secure

You want your budgie to feel safe and secure, right? You wouldn’t want him to fall or get hurt, would you? Avoid noisy toys that might startle him and keep things tidy.

It’s also a good idea to clean up any loose strings or long pieces of fabric from your carpet. These can easily be chewed by birds and cause unfortunate blockages. And try not to hang anything over his cage that could fall on his head.

Don’t forget: sometimes everything is better in moderation.

Use Caution With Your Furniture

If your budgie gets a little wild and starts fluttering around on top of your beautiful furniture, it may be tempting to swat or yell at them.

Don’t do this. It would be best to let them adjust on their own to the new environment.

At first, they’ll probably be curious about everything in sight. He might even try sitting on your sofa or other things in the house.

Don’t worry about them sitting on things. They’re very small and light so they won’t harm anything. This will pass in time as they become more comfortable with their surroundings.

Be Patient

If your budgie starts to cry or try to escape, it’s best to calmly remove him from the situation, put him back in his cage, and talk to him in a friendly voice.

Most birds are not born perfect flyers and will have a hard time getting used to flying and landing.

If your budgie is doing this, be patient for a bit longer, and don’t rush him with the new home environment too fast. You might want to place newspapers on the windows so that he won’t be tempted to try escaping or fluttering outside or on furniture.

Budgies are intelligent creatures, so they’ll likely and eventually get used to living in their new house. But, you should be patient with them if they seem frightened or nervous and let them adjust gradually.

Keep Your Budgie Healthy By Providing The Proper Diet

If you’re moving with a budgie, you must provide him with the proper diet. Budgies are primarily insectivores and omnivores. This means that they eat both plants and animals.

You can provide your budgie with food to get him through his adjustment period during the period before he adjusts to his new surroundings.

Greens are good for helping your bird get used to the new home environment. Here are some excellent budgie foods you can use:

  • Romaine lettuce
  • Greens
  • Fennel (cooked)

These are just a few of the many nutritious foods you can provide your budgie before he gets used to his new environment. You will also want to give him plenty of water and treats to help keep him calmer and more settled. After all, it’s hard for anyone to settle down when they’re anxious about moving.

Things To Check Before Moving With Budgies

Know The Laws In Your Area

You may not have known this, but most states require that all birds must be registered with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. If your local government has a program in place, a Federal bird identification card is required by law to live with a pet bird in the United States.

You will need to register your budgie with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service through their website before moving and taking him home. You will also need to purchase a U.S. Budgerigar Association membership, which costs $15 annually if you move to the United States.

This is a program set up by the U.S Fish & Wildlife Service, and it is required of all pet owners living with a budgie in the United States.

Talk To Your Vet

If you’re not sure what your budgie needs or would like some advice on health tips or food, visit your vet and ask him about what kind of foods your bird might need for his diet as he becomes accustomed to his new surroundings, and remember that his environment will affect food requirements also.

Clean Up Accidents

If accidents happen, it’s good to clean them up as soon as possible. This will also help your budgie feel comfortable and safe in his new surroundings.

How Do I Get My Budgie Used To A Moving Vehicle?

Budgies are susceptible birds and may become anxious if you put them in an unfamiliar place, even the back of a car. If you decide to drive with your bird to move with you, take him out of the cage before driving.

If you do, place the cage over your shoulder by putting it across your body and closing your hands around the top.

Remember that birds take flight in a panic, and they may try to escape from their cage while in motion. You should hold the cage with one hand, firmly gripping it on both sides, until you have brought it safely inside your new home.


Moving with your budgie can be a stressful experience for him and quite a bonding experience for you. Remember that budgies are very intelligent and can adapt quickly to their new environment once they become accustomed to it.

It’s essential to be patient and gentle with your budgie while he is adjusting to his new surroundings, and remember that he is probably feeling just as frightened as you are.

If you follow these simple guidelines when moving with a budgie, you can be sure that everything will turn out for the best for both of you.

Author: Jay Baxter


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