Duck travel tips?
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One of our drakes is going to a new farm this weekend. It's about a 4 hour drive, and I want to make sure he is as comfortable as possible. He is going to travel in a large pet carrier with wood chips. We will stop to give him food and water. I thought about putting a stuffie in with him, but not sure. I just want him to be as untraumatized as possible. I know ducks travel better with buddies, but we are staying somewhere for the weekend after we drop him. Any tips on how to travel and things I haven't thought of? I think I'm projecting my sad feelings of him leaving on to him,and over thinking, as I usually do!
He should be fine, just like that. of course he will be traumatized just because you have caught him put him in an unfamiliar carrier and now he is riding in a car. But he should settle down pretty quick you could always put a towel over top just to make him feel more secure. and not get car sick . Be sure to secure the carrier somehow so if you have to make a sudden stop he won't end up on the floor. When you stop be sure the door to your vehicle is closed before you open the carrier door it's amazing how quickly one can get away.
Completely agree with @Miss Lydia
and @Vosh Sahaal
We transported 10 Muscovies in dog crates, no food or water in the cages and the towels over the top did a very good job of keeping them calm. I like the idea of no food at least an hour prior. 4 hours in the scheme of things isn't very long. With your drake being alone, maybe a little furbaby toy for company and to keep the stress level as low as possible. We also found that unloading the crates with the ducks still in them and keeping them in for a bit to grow accustomed to no longer moving helped. But all of our new friends were stressed once we arrived home. I don't think there's really a way to move them completely stress free.
Troy & Tina
Thanks for the input. I guess there's no way to make it stress free, and there are ducks who deal with worse situations on a daily basis, so I'll do my best to keep him as happy as possible along the way. If only I could make him understand that the end result is 5 beautiful ladies all to himself!!
He'll find out soon enough and forgot all about the car ride.