Moving with Parrots: The Ultimate Guide

We all love our bird friends and hate the thought of them being stressed out and uncomfortable when we move, which is why this guide has been created.

We’ll go through everything you need to know about moving with parrots, from the best ways to transport them to where you should place their cage in your new home.

The key thing here is that we’re going to look at all the options available and give you a decision point to pick a move method that’s right for your situation and budget.

By reading this guide, you’ll be well on your way to ensuring that your parrot is as happy as can be when you move into your new home.

Preparing For The Move

Before you begin packing anything in your house, there are a few things that you should do to get ready for the big day.

Even if you don’t plan on doing anything fancy, you should still do these things to make it pleasant for your bird. When you get there, your bird will be comfortable and happy.

Clean Your Cage

Your bird’s habitat is littered with other birds’ waste and food scraps that can harm them, so get rid of all this stuff first. You can do this by removing their cage outdoors or placing their cage in a box for easy cleaning.

If you want to be extra safe, bath your parrot before moving. You can use mild dish soap and warm water, followed by a rinse and dry off using paper towels or flannels.

Play Music

If you have a single bird or multiple birds that get along, this is a great way to keep them distracted during the whole moving process. Just play your normal Music from your phone and place it in the corner of their cage, and you should be good to go.

Put Your Parrot’s Cage in the Middle of the Room

This will make it easy for your parrot if they have to leave their cage during the move. They’ll feel that they have more control over things, like being able to fly or walk without any hindrance.

Your bird should try to stay calm during the whole process, so they need to have things they’re used to stay relaxed.

Save Your Bird’s Cage and Perches

This is one of the essential parts of the moving table. If you don’t have enough cage or perch space, your parrot will feel uncomfortable and stressed.

You can easily add on a new perch or two by purchasing some parrot cage accessories. The more perches you add in there, the better for your pet—they are used to having plenty of room, so there’s no point in restricting them now.

Make Sure Your Bird Has Plenty of Water

Birds go through a lot of water, especially during a move. They are constantly fluffing their feathers and drinking to keep themselves hydrated.

If you want to make sure your bird stays healthy and happy on the move, make sure they have plenty of freshwaters available.

You can get one of the more expensive moving tumblers or use one of the old bowls they’ve been using before the move, and either way works just fine.

Best Ways To Transport Your Parrot

There are a few options here. The first thing you need to consider is whether your parrot can go in the car with you or if they will have to go in a travel cage. If your bird is small enough, the answer will be the car.

Smaller birds like Quakers and African Greys can often be transported in an appropriately-sized cage sitting on the passenger seat of your car for short distances (under 2 hours).

If your parrot does not get along with other animals or humans, he may be happier going in a slightly bigger travel cage, giving him more room to move around if needed. However you do decide to do it, the most important thing here is that your parrots be safe on the road.

Parrot Carriers

One thing to consider is whether you’ll need a carrier to transport your parrot after you get there. You might have questions about how the parrot will get from place to place when moving furniture or other items that can’t fit through the door.

If this is the case, it’s better to bring your carrier rather than borrow one from a friend or buy one last minute; carriers are typically not cheap, and this way, you’ll know it’s something that will work for your specific needs.

Travel Crate

The other option is to purchase a travel crate and have it shipped. If you’ve got a lot of parrots and they need to be shipped, this is your best option which will save time and effort.

Your parrots will be able to ride in their cage, and the carrier can be carefully packed away after you receive them, so it’s ready when you are.

This will also ensure that they don’t need to go through another carrier later on, so if you’ve got a lot of birds or want to save money, this is your best bet.

The Importance of Getting Your Parrots Used to Their Travel Crate

If you feel that your birds are at least as comfortable in their cage as they are in their usual place, then this is how they should travel when they go with you on trips.

However, if you feel that your bird needs to be on top of its cage to feel more comfortable or get more exercise, that will happen.

Regardless of how easy or hard it is for your parrot to get out of their travel cage on their own, they should be used to being held by hand when being transported in this way.

If you are storing your birds in the car with you, there is no need for them to sit up on top of their travel cage because they will be facing behind them. Your bird will appear less nervous and do much better if he can see the road and places around him even while he is in his travel cage.

Parrot-Friendly Shipping Service

A great option if you’re looking for something a little less expensive is to use a parrot shipping service.

This is perfect for smaller pets who can just be shipped like books because they can be shipped directly from one place to another without even needing direct contact with the carrier.

These are usually small boxes, not cages, and they ship to your new address so that there’s no need to pick them up from the airport. They may cost more per item, but it’s worth it if you’ve got several Parrots that need to move with you.

Safe Transportation

The most important thing to consider is that your parrot be safe while moving. If there are a lot of times when they’ll be alone, choose the safest place possible and make sure that they have enough room, food, and water to stay healthy while you’re gone.

Keep in mind any stressors, like loud noises or big temperature changes that might affect your bird’s health, and keep them as comfortable as possible.

Tranquilizers can sometimes be used if your bird is getting stressed out too much; however, this is something you should try to avoid and only use in extreme cases when everything else fails.

Food, Water, and Medication

Food and water should always be taken with the bird so that they’re not hungry or thirsty when you get there. This is especially important if your parrot is traveling for many hours and can get very uncomfortable if its stomach starts to rumble during the flight.

This can make them more stressed out than usual, and their cage might begin to smell a little like something’s not right.

It’s also essential to have any medication such as heartworm preventative, flea treatment, or other medications to help prevent a parasite from becoming an issue.


The last thing to watch out for is temperature. Your parrot should be able to adjust to the outside temperature gradually, but if it’s too cold, they’ll be stressed out and might not be able to handle the experience.

If your parrot is particularly sensitive, you’ll need to bring along some blankets for them inside the cage so that they can adjust slowly and not get too cold during a long flight.

If it’s too hot, they might become dehydrated quickly, which can lead to death if they don’t have access to water and food.

Tips for Settling with Parrots In The New Home

After you’ve prepared your parrot to travel, you’ll need to settle in and get ready to move. Your parrots will also have a lot of things to settle in with when they arrive at their new home, so make sure they’re as comfortable as possible while they’re waiting.

If you’ve bought them a new home yourself, you’ll have already let your birds out of their cages and filled them with some fresh food and water so that they aren’t starved.

Give Your Parrots Time to Adjust

When you first arrive at your new home, make sure that you give your parrots time to adjust before you move them from place to place.

This way, they can get used to the house’s layout and become comfortable with their surroundings before they start roaming around with you.

It may take your bird a while to get used to his new birdcage, so let them see what it’s like and play around with it in his home before he ever has to leave it again.

Be Careful With Your Parrots

While your parrot is still acclimating to his new home, you’ll need to be careful while moving him from one place to another.

If he becomes stressed out too much, it might cause problems later on down the road, and you’ll want to keep him as comfortable as possible until he’s adjusted.

Your bird will probably be more agitated than usual during the first few days that they’re in their new home so take care not to harm them or make them feel uncomfortable.

Introduce Your Bird to Other Pets

If you’ve got any other pets in the house, then now is the time to introduce them to your birds.

This might be easier for your parrot if he’s already adjusted to his new home, but it can be uncomfortable for him if he’s still getting used to things and could get stressed out again.

Try not to force your birds into an introduction if they’re not comfortable with it and always try something else before you throw in the towel. Try leaving something from another bird in their cage or giving them a treat from another pet to introduce them gradually.

Let Your Bird Explore and Get Comfortable

When leaving your bird alone in a room, make sure that there aren’t any dangerous objects they can get into while they explore.

Their new home may look and smell completely different than their previous one, so you’ll want to let them take it all in at their own pace.

They’ll probably spend the first few days getting to know their new home, so give them time before you start moving them around to new places.

Make Sure You Watch What You Eat and Drink While You’re Moving

It’s best not to leave any food or drinks lying around while moving with your parrots. If they get hungry, they could get into the wrong things and start licking them to death.

Make sure that you’re able to take care of any food and water emergencies while moving if they should happen to keep your parrot as comfortable as possible.

Keep Your Parrots in Separate Areas at Home While You’re Moving

If you want to make sure that your parrots don’t get into any trouble while moving, keep them in separate areas when you’re at home or when you first arrive at their new home.

If they can’t see each other, they won’t be able to interact with one another which will help keep them from getting into trouble. This is a good idea if you have multiple parrots that might be prone to fighting because it’ll keep them separated.

Don’t Move Too Often

Parrots enjoy the freedom of being able to explore their new home, so you’ll want to give them time to adjust and become accustomed to their new surroundings before you start moving them around a lot.

You’ll also want to make sure that they’re comfortable in their cages since they might be restless if they can see each other and get bored.

If you don’t give your parrots a chance to adjust gradually, you’ll risk causing them undue stress and harm by moving them too frequently.

Don’t Force Your Birds onto New Food

Even though it might feel like a nice treat, forcing your parrots onto new foods in their new home can cause them to become ruffled up and aggressive towards other people and animals.

You’ll want to let them slowly adjust to their new food over a few days so that they don’t start getting irritated with everyone else in the house.

Don’t Keep Them Alone for too Long or Too Often

Parrots are very social creatures by nature, so you’ll want to make sure that they’re allowed time to mix with the rest of the household pets while you’re moving them.

Try not to leave your parrots alone for very long or too often, or they might get agitated and cause a mess while you’re away.

Let Your Parrots Fly Around the House

When you let your birds fly around the house by themselves, you’ll want to make sure that they can fly from one area to another safely. This way, they won’t get lost and stressed out trying to get back to their cage.

Make sure that there aren’t any obstacles in their way to travel safely from place to place inside the house.

Keep Their Cage in the Same Spot

In some cases, you’ll want to keep your parrots confined to their cages while moving from one place to another.

You’ll need to do this if you don’t have the opportunity to let them roam around freely in the house, and it might be nice for them to remain in their familiar surroundings.

Keep the cage in a consistent spot so that your birds will always know where it is and can return there on their own without getting lost. If they have a comfortable place where they can go, then they won’t get agitated as easily and will feel more at home.

Limit the Number of People Around You

While you’re moving with your parrots, try to limit the number of people around them and avoid making a lot of noise.

Your birds will be more likely to settle in if strangers do not constantly surround them, and they’ll be less likely to get into trouble if they feel uncomfortable.

If you have other people coming over, make sure that they’re quiet and calm so that they don’t cause your birds stress or feel threatened.


Although moving from one house to another is not easy, it does not have to be stressful for you or your parrot. You must focus on your feelings and needs during the move and make sure that there is plenty of time before you move for you to get things ready.

If your bird has a lot of positive experiences with their travel crate, they will do much better while they are in it on the road.

Having a good time with your parrots helps them have one and keeps them calm during the move. Whether this will be the last time that you ever move or if this is just the first of many, consider everything when deciding how to deal with your colorful companions.

Author: Jay Baxter


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