This cockatoo, named Max, does NOT want to go in his carrier. He mumbles away angrily while his person asks the bird to come into the carrier so they can go to the veterinarian. It’s possible Max doesn’t like the veterinarian, or his carrier.
According to the YouTube video description:
Max knows when he sees his carrier that it’s a visit to the vet and gets pretty vocal about it.
Max is saying his own words that only he understands for the most part. The only things I know he is saying is “I don’t wanna” and “What did I say.”
Now, if your bird is like Max, there is a way to get your parrot to like the carrier. According to Chris Davis, in her article, “Stress-Free Travel Tips For Pet Birds,” she recommends using treats to get your bird to like a carrier.
First, turn the carrier into a “treat?room, where [a parrot] only receives treats while inside. Leave the door open if that is the only way he will initially accept it. Later, after he becomes more comfortable inside the carrier, the door can be shut for literally a second or two while he eats his treat, and then it can be reopened. Over time, the door can be kept closed for longer periods.
Does your bird like his or her carrier? Let us know in the comments!