Last week, I was in an awful car accident. My car spun off the road, went airborne, hit a tree, and hit a fence. The car was completely totaled, with pieces of it spread over 100 yards or more. 2 windows shattered, and many of my belongings were thrown out of the car.
Sami, my quaker parrot was with me. She survived. Luckily, she was in her travel cage (it’s nearly the size of her home cage, but a bit easier to transport and take apart). Her cage flipped around multiple times, but she got away with not even a scratch. If she would have not been in that cage, she wouldn’t have survived. She would have been slammed against the sides of the car, crushed by bags and other junk in the backseat, or I don’t even know how many other horrible things.
Now, I try to keep my little girl as safe as possible, but I’m not going to lie, she isn’t always in her cage when she’s in the car. When there are two people in the car, she’s usually allowed out. She hates that travel cage. I know a lot of other bird owners do the same thing.
After this accident, when I though I had killed my baby girl for a split second, and when I realized that her cage saved her life, she is never setting foot in a moving car outside of her travel cage. Even if she complains and bites and grumbles and I feel horrible, she is staying in that cage.
And please, consider doing the same with your parrot.