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1 11th March 09:04
andyp
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Making my first trip with the ****atiel tommorrow morning, and thought I was
well sorted until I thought I'd have a trial run at getting the bird into
it's travel cage.

After an hour of trying, with the both the bird and me getting frustrated,
I've given up. Not surprising really but it gets spooked as soon as it gets
near the travel cage and off it goes. The bird is tame enough to come onto
and sit happily on my finger as I move it about, but not so tame as to
accept hands over it's back etc (which I've read as being a way of doing
this).

Anyone any thoughts on best way to do this? I've read of things like
throwing a towel over the bird, but don't want to get too 'heavy' and risk
undoing all the training.

Any advice, most welcome!

Andy
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2 11th March 09:04
laurie
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Not sure what kind of travel cage you have, but you could put millet in it
and set it near your bird's cage and see if he'll investigate. I let mine
play in and on theirs so they're not terrified of going in. If that doesn't
help, you just may need to just grab your bird on both hands and put him in
it tomorrow. It'll settle down soon enough, once it realizes the cage
isn't going to eat it.

Good luck,

Laurie
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3 11th March 09:04
andyp
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Thanks Laurie - with hindsight I should have done as you suggest and allowed
time for investigation etc. Have a feeling it may be a case of just going
for it.
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4 11th March 09:05
laurie
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You're welcome. I don't think 'going for it' is going to cause all that
much trauma for your tiel. You'ld be surprised how resilient they are. My
poor birds were tortured like crazy last fall with all those trips to the
vet every day for a week for shots and tests. But it never undid any
bonding and/or training whatsoever, so you're bird will be just fine.

Laurie
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5 11th March 09:05
steve
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Just put the bird in the cage. It isn't complicated at all. There's a cage
with a door and a bird that's smaller than the door. Put the bird through
the door. Technique is not at all an issue. Just do it. Your bird may
scream bloody murder while the act is in progress, but as soon as it's done
the bird will shut up with no love lost. Your training attempts can resume
exactly where you left off.


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6 11th March 09:05
mark n.
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was

gets

onto

Sadly, mine only go into the special veterinarian travel cage with a great
deal of violence and bloodshed - my blood, that is ;-)
I don't think there's an easy way except in rare situations where your bird
is resigned to its fate...

Mark
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7 11th March 09:05
pizza girl
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Use a thick towel and grab the little bugger from behind. You may have to
cover the whole bird sometimes and work it's head out from there but the
towel will stop you getting bit and stop the association of your hand
grabbing it (it was the towel's fault and nothing to do with you). I find
cooing and making soothing voice sounds after I get the head out helps to
settle them down so they don't get a totally bad experience from it. When
you let it go hold the open part with it's head sticking out and let it
slither out into the cage.

Remove and swinging objects before travel as the bird will get hit in the
head every stop and go.

Watch the vet do it and you will see the same process. Capture the head from
behind, through the towel, to control the whole bird and avoid bites. This
allows you to skrinch the head or back of it's neck also in a further
soothing action.

Best of luck.
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8 12th March 05:02
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Where were you going to take the bird?

Did you try putting a millet spray and sunflower seeds in the cage?
Sunflower seeds are like crack cocaine to my bird
You can try leaving the travel cage next to the main cage all the time
so it can get used to it. How about traveling with your bird in its
normal cage? I have a station wagon and I can easily put my bird's
cage in it. Maybe you should get a bigger travel cage if the regular
one is too big for your car.


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9 12th March 05:03
andyp
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Thanks for the input on this - was getting confident until Mark N. posted
about blood loss :-)

Anyway am off now, early start in the morning, thanks again.
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10 12th March 05:03
laurie
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Being a bit nosey aren't you? What difference would it make *where* he's
taking his bird? He still needs to know how to get it into the travel cage
with little or no drama.
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