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I might be moving this winter (by my parents sudden request..) to California.

I am in Hawaii currently, so this would be a 5hr flight!
I really can't leave my cockatiel. I love her so much.

Has anyone here done this before? As in, brought a cockatiel on a plane?
Or know someone who has?

Thing is my cockatiel is pretty young (maybe 6~7 months) and she/he screams a lot..
But I would rather have her where I can see her. She's not a nervous bird. She's pretty brave, and does not seem to be stressed out by new places.

Please help! I don't know how to go about this.
 

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I've never done it. But i would contact airlines and see what the pet requirements are. Usually you need a small secure cage and the animals go in the freight area.

There could quite well be a quarantine period for the bird on the other end as well.

I think that Moonchild has flown a bird to someone else before, so she might have some ideas. Hopefully she'll come check this out.

But yes, i'd start with airline enquiries. Most airlines are pet friendly, but it'll cost something and they will mostly likely be in the baggage compartment.

Scary for them, but worth it longterm :)
 

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ollieandme said pretty much everything I was going to say except for that I think you may be able to take them on board providing they're under the seat... or something along those lines. I'm not sure, but I'm positive I've heard that somewhere
 

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"Always check with your airline well in advance of your trip to understand its bird travel policy. Not all "pet-friendly" airlines permit birds. If they do, it's important you find out about various restrictions, such as whether birds are allowed in the cabin, carrier size, bird size, species, etc."
http://www.pettravelcenter.com/page_items/viewSingle/119

You will need a health certificate from a licensed vet 10 days before your departure. I think that the certificate is only good for 10 days (so you might want to do it just before) but I don't know if I read that right. I'm not sure if your 'tiel will need to get a leg band for identification or if papers of documentation are ok.

I thought one important thing was not to use any lining at all in the bottom of your cage. They could ask you to remove the 'tiel from the cage or do x-rays to check. If they want to x-ray your 'tiel at the airport, tell them to use the wand instead. X-rays aren't the best for cockatiels. :S

Very interesting articles. I would print a few out for review and to read at the airport for notes on their policies and what to do in situations.

Sorry, I wasn't able to find much about California Law because of the shutdown the government sites are all down. :(

http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=15+1794&aid=2270

http://www.tailfeathersnetwork.com/birdinformation/movinginternationally.php

http://www.forthebirdsdvm.com/pages/traveling-abroad-with-your-pet-bird

http://www.birdchannel.com/bird-news/bird-legal-issues/birds-and-law.aspx

http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=15+1794&aid=3190
 

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Aha government shutdown. America is just ridiculous. I forgot that was even still going on. I know Hawaii has a quarantine period for any animals going into the state but I'm 90%ish sure that California doesn't have one. My BF moved here from Kauai and he's still trying to get his parents to send his dog over so it's something he had to look up, though I don't remember the specifics, sorry!

Honestly, I agree with the others. You should call your airlines now and figure out exactly what you're going to need/what their policy is. It can be done and the earlier you're prepared for the move, the easier it's going to be. But I don't see them allowing a super loud bird, who will be nervous and upset about being on a plane/air pressure etc, to be in the cabin for a five hour flight. No offense to your bird, but that would probably drive some people absolutely nuts in the confined space.
 
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