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Friendly Skies

Get to know the ins & outs of airline shipping to ensure safe travel for your birds

By Rebecca Sweat

When Randall and Peggy Noe moved from Chicago to Houston, the couple hopped a plane to Texas with their five parrots nestled into the cargo hold while a moving company transported their belongings. Why not drive? “It just seemed a whole lot easier to fly to Houston rather than drive,” Peggy said. “We could have taken our SUV and put our birds in their travel cages and driven to Texas, but it would have been such a long, grueling trip.”

The Noes took an early morning flight and arrived in Houston before lunchtime. “I covered the birds’ cage doors, so it was dark inside and they slept the whole way,” Peggy related. “After we arrived at the Houston airport, we uncovered the birds’ cages and they were ready to start the day. It was really a stress-free trip for all of us.”

**For the full article, pick up the March issue of BIRD TALK**

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