Travels with Pickles

Clearly Up Some Avian Misconceptions, Misinformation, and Lies

A recent post on a closed group on Facebook for Fulltime RV’ers was asking about keeping birds, parakeets, as pets in a RV.  The comments were full of misinformation, misconceptions, and lies about birds and RV parks.  The following information pertains to domesticated birds parakeet size and larger.


It’s a fact, ALL birds are messy.  It’s the way seeds are spread.  There is no getting around this fact.  However, it is mess that is easily contained.  Bird mess is natural and generally contained to the area in which they eat.  So you can expect the area around their cage to be messy.  But they don’t throw food across the room, they don’t fling poo, and they don’t intentionally spread filth.

Birds are not any more susceptible to drafts or highs or lows than any other pet.  Birds in the wild are subject to the whims of the weather.  There is no air conditioner or heater out in the wild.  Winds blow, storms roll in, and weather happens.  It is no different when you have a pet bird, be it in a house or in a RV.  When we leave the animals in the RV, the AC or heater is on as appropriate for the weather conditions.  Do we worry about Pickles?  Sure, just like we worry about Wally, Sangria, and Leo.  But we do not worry more about Pickles.


Bird seed gets everywhere, see the above picture .  Bird seed does make a mess but no healthy bird eats a diet exclusively of seeds.  Birds are omnivores.  A healthy bird eats fruit, nuts, vegetables, and meat.  Yes, that’s right meat.  Pickles loves steak and turkey.  Sure there are certain foods that are dangerous for birds to eat, avocado and chocolate immediately spring to mind.  It’s much harder to manage the seed mess than the meat and fruit mess.

Birds aren’t good to teach responsibility to children.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  Birds require, on average, two hours of solid interaction with their flock, aka you and the kiddos.  That means taking them out of their cage and handling them in an area where the whole family is.  Having them sit on you, talk with them, and play with them is great for all children.  It makes them put the needs of the bird ahead of their own.  Is it realistic to expect very young children to spend two hours exclusively on a bird?  Nope but some time each night teaches them that the world doesn’t revolve around them.  Cleaning the cage, food and water, cleaning up, are also very good lessons.


Birds don’t travel well.  Birds travel as well as any other pet.  Pickles has a Lexan travel cage that sits buckled  in the backseat between the dogs.  He sees the open road as we travel down it and loves dancing to the radio.  He loves short trips, long trips, and everything in-between.  He has no issues on the rare long travel days.  He gets feed when we eat.  He’s traveled in the early morning until late at night.  No issues, no long car trip filled with incessant screaming. 


Birds are welcome at campgrounds.  There has never been an issue with finding a campground that will accept a bird.  If a campground is pet friendly, that will include birds.  We have never has one single complain on noise from Pickles.  We ask  neighbors to let us know if there is a noise issue while we are gone.  We have never heard so much as a peep from a neighbor concerning noise.  Only once have we left The Gump to come back to hear Pickles expressing his displeasure.  That one single time was our fault and we have never made that “mistake” again.

So, if you are thinking about traveling with your bird or acquiring one please don’t hesitate to do so.  Birds are great companions that require time and patience.  Birds are great teachers for children.  Birds will amuse you, frustrate you, and inadvertently make you a better housekeeper.