Understanding How My Bird Can End as a Splat on My Car’s Windshield

Jeff Writes:

Mitch, this is for Judy M.

If bird owners would train their birds to the Aviator Harness they can put their bird on a T Perch in there vehicle and the bird does not have to be caged I have an SUV and my blue & gold go’s everywhere we go and loves it.

Hi Jeff


That’s all well and good until a sudden stop at high speeds sends the bird crashing into the windshield or gets bones relocated from a forceful tug on the harness.


The other issue is your bird being seen by others thus making it a target for thieves when the vehicle is parked.


All animals should be restrained in travel carriers while traveling.


More on the subject of traveling with your bird


Stay safe 






Which leads us to a question from Natalie:


Hi Guys!


I hope you are well.


I miss having you in Chicago!


I am looking for an affordable bird travel cage that is sturdy and has a food cup option for a cockatiel.


My elderly mother will be traveling with the bird and some luggage from Texas to Chicago for 1 and a half days by train and I worry that a flimsy carry cage might break open or cause other problems as she tries to maneuver her luggage and the bird along the way.


A carry strap would be helpful.


Do you have a suggestion for an affordable and sturdy means of travel cage transportation for a cockatiel?


The carry cage will only be used once so I would hope it is not too expensive.


Dear Natalie


I am sorry we are not there for you in Chicago still.


This was a move we needed to do.


The city priced us right out. Here, we are still kicking.


When is she traveling?


This small carrier might be just the ticket for her. Light and sturdy and with a perch that doubles as a handle.


Caitec Perch & Go Carrier for Small & Medium Parrots 10x12 Caitec Perch & Go Carrier for Small & Medium Parrots 10×12


It doesn’t include dishes, but a couple of these dishes would be able to be installed easily.


First Prize Smart Crock Food Water Dishes 5 oz

Or one of these First Prize Smart Crock Double Diners.


Otherwise, I would recommend a smaller birdcage for travel.


One that is more for a parakeet. It would be easier for her to handle.


We can offer up a wide variety of small bird cages from PrevuePet to ship to her to use as a carrier.


This one below is a nice size (16 x 13) and should be large enough. It isn’t on our website yet, but if interested I can get a price for you. 




For ease of carrying figure something no wider than 16″.


To make a small birdcage travel safe I recommend using cable ties slipped through the small holes at each corner of the cage where the loop from the cage (called the mesh) fits in and secure tightly.


That way if she bangs the cage, the bottom won’t drop out. Twist ties on the food and water dish doors will also help with security.


Please let me know if I can assist.


I am available by phone at 877-287-0810 Mon-Fri from 10 am to 4 pm CST.


Hope this helps



Mitch Rezman

He's handled a 1000 birds of numerous species when they visited monthly birdie brunches in the old Portage Park (Chicago, IL) facility. The one with the parrot playground.Mitch has written and published more than 1100 articles on captive bird care.He's met with the majority of  CEO's and business owners for most brands in the pet bird space and does so on a regular basis.He also constantly interacts with avian veterinarians and influencers globally.

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