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Taking My Macaw To Spain

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Hi my name is Colleen. Ruby is my one year old blue and gold macaw. I want to take Ruby to live in Spain. I have contacted DEFRA and found out what I need to do on that side of things. Thomsons will fly her but. There is very little information on pet carriers for parrots. I have been researching the required types and the one I have come up with, going off Rubys crown to tail measurements is big enough to house a german shepherd dog, plus a perch. And of course the bigger the case the more expensive the flight. As anyone any experience or knowledge of flying their pets to Spain

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Good luck with it :-)

I can't help with the cage you need. But I know you need to complete some paperwork for DEFRA, you will need a vet certificate from the UK and Ruby will likely need to be vet checked on arriving in Spain. Make sure you are flying to an airport where they can have a vet ready for you - otherwise Ruby night be made to stay in the airport until they can get a vet to her.

Worth to check the quarantine proceedures for Spain as well. But I think within Europe it should be ok.

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Hiya from me and Henni Penni :bye:

Ooooo travelling backwards and forwards to Spain bet that's to soak up some sun rays :biggrin: remember to bring it back here for us tho!

Spain is EU which is good (as is the canary islands) lot less complicated then other places. If you're going backwards and forwards with your bird then would suggest you "land travel" your bird it's a lot less expensive and a lot less stressful for the bird. Lets face it those cargoe holds are noisey and can be chilly and scarey even to humans never mind birdies! If your going backwards and forwards it would seem you need different paperwork to just either one-way export or import. UK seems to want to pop the birdies in to 31 days quarantine on return if correct paperwork is not supplied. The paperwork takes quite a while to get into place so make sure you give yourself plenty of time to do so. Parrot Passports are available but make sure you get your bird micro-chipped if it isn't already, plus a clean bill of health certificate of an avian vet, defra cities paperwork if required.

Did a little reading earlier :shock: like I do and thought the following links maybe of interest to you, general ex-pat website discussing parrot going out there but not back, then one by PAR which is a pet shipping company they have some really good info on their site too and the ever helpful leaflet supplied by DEFRA regarding import and export. There is another member on here but he's out to play today who knows about import / export and that's Lockey tap him up for info :thumbsup: . Anyways enough waffle here are the links:-

Ex-pats http://www.spainexpat.com/spain/forum/viewthread/8602/ I know it's an old thread but none the less useful to recontact to see what the current state of play is.

PARAIR http://www.parair.co.uk/birds.shtml lots of good info and a photo of the travel crate too!

Good leaflet from DEFRA http://archive.defra.gov.uk/foodfarm/animaltrade/eu/animals/pdf/import-export-of-captive-birds.pdf

Hope everything goes according to plan and you have a lovely time.

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Some excellent info there, can't add to that :biggrin:

:welcome: to the forum Colleen and good luck!!

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Hello Colleen and :welcome:

All the best of luck with your travels and do let us know how you get on :thumbsup:

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Thank you all so much especially Dizzy blue for all the information. Ruby will only be travelling the one way, then Spain will be her home. I have booked a pet travel company to drive her to her new home. Hated the thought of the noisy, cold airplane. The company will also take her cage, flat packed so that gives her a good start with her own familiar place. Thanks again for all your support, will keep you all updated on Ruby's new life in the sun, in fact will probably be picking more brains in the future

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Good luck and do,please let us,know how you get on xx

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Your more then welcome just hope it was of some use and the move goes really well. Will look forward to you coming back on here and telling us all about it and a picture of you all soaking up the rays :thumbsup:

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Hi just thought I would jot down a few line's, just passing the time waiting for Ruby to poo, a requirement of the application for her move. Then its jetting up the motorway to Manchester with said sample. I changed Ruby's Diet on Sunday to the complete food Kaytee.exact. She seems to love it, only difference I have noticed is that her head feathers seem to be fluffed up more of the time, even without the usual flattery and tickles, any thoughts on this. I am wondering also if I should continue with her calcium drops in the water, it states no other vitamin supplements needed ?

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If she`s not laying eggs I wouldn`t give her extra calcium if she`s on pellets no.

Fluffing up can be a sign of illness so keep an eye on her, can`t say ours ever fluff their head feathers up more than normal.

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Hi everyone, its with great sadness and many failed attempts to pull everything together to get Ruby to Spain, I have decided I need a new home for Ruby, and she will not be able to travel to Spain. I am sat here so early because I have spent the last few nights awake reaching this decision. If anyone on this site knows of someone who is looking for a one year old blue and gold macaw with an amazing temperament, could you please let me know. Ruby is in the best of health, and has a health check certificate to prove it.

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Aww. No what a shame,why can't you take her,you must be heart broken. So sorry.x

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I'm so sorry to hear that and best of luck Where abouts in the country are you?

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Hi I know it is awful, I'm in bolton, manchester. Just can't see a way round it

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Maybe you could put an advert on here and see what you get back xx

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So very sad. Thinking of you x

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How much will you be asking for her? I have a very good friend who would consider giving her a home but he takes in rescues only, he pays for beautiful aviaries and a lifetime of care.

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That's sad, sure you will find her a good home...

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cant you drive over and take the bird in the car with you

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Oh that is such a shame, all the best finding a solution or a loving forever home for Ruby :)

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Yes I would like to know as well as if I ever have to move back to the uk ,I couldn't leave my two here ,

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