12 birds 8 dogs, 3 people, 1200 miles.

Before I go nuts, anybody have any suggestions?
U2, Quaker, 3 ringnecks, 4 tiels, a couple of somethings, and a parrotlet. Toy poodle, Shi-tu, and the rest of the pooches are little as well.
So far a big passenger van, and a bunch of metal cages is the best idea I've come up with.
Anyone have some ideas of things to do, or horror stories of what not to? TIA.
1 2
12 birds 8 dogs, 3 people, 1200 miles. Before I go nuts, anybody have any suggestions? U2, Quaker, 3 ringnecks, ... I've come up with. Anyone have some ideas of things to do, or horror stories of what not to? TIA.

Send the other 2 people on w/ all the animals and you go ahead by plane to "get things ready". smile
Sorry, I know not really any true help, but I couldn't resist. I hope that all works out for you and that you make your destination safely. Maybe a tranquilizer for the pooches??? (If not for them, then how about for you? smile >)
12 birds 8 dogs, 3 people, 1200 miles. Before I go nuts, anybody have any suggestions? U2, Quaker, 3 ringnecks, ... So far a big passenger van, and a bunch of metal cages is the best idea I've come up with.

Whats the climate, are you North or South? You could rent a larger vehicle, small box truck and make a "home" for cages inside. Obviously temperature has a play in this. But I've moved 2500 miles w/ all my stuff, a couple of dogs, a single bird, 3 aquariums and 2 cats this way... cats rode up front. Or maybe rent another vehicle and take turns driving. It's only a 13 hours, so it'scertainly do-able. Have fun... like the tranqulizer idea too... for the 3 people.
12 birds 8 dogs, 3 people, 1200 miles. Before I ... metal cages is the best idea I've come up with.

Whats the climate, are you North or South? You could rent a larger vehicle, small box truck and make a ... driving. It's only a 13 hours, so it'scertainly do-able. Have fun... like the tranqulizer idea too... for the 3 people.

1200 miles is 13 hours? I don't think so. With feeding andexercizing the pooches and humans, unless you're driving through desert for the majority of the trip, it's at least 20 hours.

I don't see a problem for the birds as long as they have food and water, and everything is secured in the cages so they don't fall with sudden stops, bumps, etc.. When we moved with our birds, I positioned and covered the cages so they could see me, but couldn't see the scenery flying past the windows. One budgie was pretty stressed, chirped for most of the trip, but the others acted as though this was all in a day's fun.
Good luck!
I don't see a problem for the birds as long as they have food and water, and everything is secured ... for most of the trip, but the others acted as though this was all in a day's fun. Good luck![/nq]I moved mine in carriers (fortified with wire for the larger birds). I stacked them behind my seat (Tacoma Extra Cab) and covered them with beach towels so they wouldn't have drafts (end of October). I separated pairs so there would be no anxiety fighting. They could all see out the front grates and we had a wonderful time. I put oranges and apples in their crates with no water for the drive. We stayed overnight two nights (only 1500 miles) so we could stop early for them and make their evening longer.

In the hotels I cleaned their crates and gave them pellets and water for over night. In the morning, I cleaned them again and did the fruit thing again. I took each crate into the bathroom and the birds sat on the crate, sink, faucet (of course Cricket was under the running water) and they happily went back into the crate when it was ready for them.
The preparation was having enough paper for the bottoms of the crates and under the crates because it would be rude to make a big bird mess for the maids. Also having enough fruit washed and cut in zip lock bags so I didn't have to do that during the trip. I carried dish soap and GSE to keep things clean. I used one suitcase just for bird stuff so it was all in one spot and easy to access.
The dogs (Aussies) rode in the back on cotton rugs and Jennie (little poodle) rode in the passenger seat because she's the princess. They didn't have much room because there was a lot of last minute stuff I had to haul that I needed after the moving truck left like my airbed and bedding, vacuum cleaner, all the suitcases and supplies, etc. We used peg board to separate the dogs from the stuff. When we stopped for gas, the dogs got to stretch.

We each drove one vehicle loaded with creatures (husband had his dogs in his vehicle). I did have new cages set up at the destination and donated the old cages the night before we pulled out.
I planned and worried and obsessed over the whole thing for three years in advance. When it was time, it was easy and none of my worrying helped a bit. It always seems like when it's right, it's easy. It must have been right.

Sincerely,
Joanne
If it's right for you, then it's right, . . . . . for you!!!

Play - http://www.jobird.com
Pay for Play - http://www.jobird.com/refund.htm
Looking for Love? - http://www.jobird.com/hearts.htm Garden Kinder CDs
http://www.jobird.com/cd/gardenkinderhome.html
12 birds 8 dogs, 3 people, 1200 miles. Before I ... metal cages is the best idea I've come up with.

Whats the climate, are you North or South?

Like everything in this endeavor, yes. Orlando to Chicago.
turns driving. It's only a 13 hours, so it'scertainly do-able. Have fun... like the tranqulizer idea too... for the 3 people.

Its at least one night on the road, probably two, since MIL is elderly.
It's only a 13 hours, so it'scertainly do-able.

My apoligies... I was thinking 600 miles. You're talking at least double that 13 hrs. Sorry for my confusion. lol
Anyone have some ideas of things to do, or horror stories of what not to? TIA.

Further complication came to light last night, Quakers are illegal and under death sentence in 2 of the states in the way.

Oh well, nothing is easy.
Does this death sentence apply even to birds of passage? It seems somewhat draconian to me. I hope that there is a loophole that you and your feathered passengers can fly through.

Where did you go to find out about these travel "restrictions"? I need to travel from Maine to Chicago and back this summer, I didn't realize that there was even an issue with this. I'll be travelling with my Eclectus.
Show more