A bird carrier is an important item for any bird owner. A carrier comes in handy when you wish to take the animal to the veterinarian, on vacation or outside its bird house to give it a break from its regular surroundings. The size of the cage depends on where you want to take your bird. If it's going for a brief trip in your car, a smaller carrier will suffice. For a longer trip, whether by car or plane, get a larger one.
Select a perch with a firm footing for your bird. The Pet Care GT website suggests grapevine, cholla or rope.2
Install the perch near the front of the cage to accommodate the tail. Drill a hole in each end of a dowel at about an inch or two from the bottom of the carrier. Install the dowel using two wooden screws. If the vehicle carrying the bird should stop suddenly, the impact will allow the bird to lean forward and grab the front of the carrier for support.3
Provide a rug for the bird at the bottom of the cage. Choose a thick one so that the bird may comfortably maneuver across the rug and to relieve itself if it needs to do so.4
Place toys, food and water into the carrier. Choose a soft, side-mount toy, so that it won't move as you are driving or traveling in the vehicle.5
Put the bird carrier in the back seat of the car, where the bird is less vulnerable to death or injury should the car get into an accident and the airbag deploy. Buckle the carrier into the seat securely with the seat belt.6
Try out the cage. Place the bird in it, and drive it on briefer trips so that the animal may adjust to the cage. If it proves a poor fit, buy another one.