I’m not a bird person- I don’t even like them- but my mother has a cockatiel she adores and because she (my mother) is sick and needs constant care she hasn’t been able to be around it. My mother is currently staying almost 200 miles away from her house where the bird is. I’ve been thinking of taking the damned thing down to her to cheer her up, but birds are such incredibly fragile things (those hollow bones and all).
Is there any advice to how to transfer a bird by car for a trip this long? Will a cardboard box do, and if so should it be a large one so the bird can move around or a small one so it can’t? Should I have food and water in the box or can they get along for the 3-4 hours without it? Any info appreciated.