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zaubern
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Anyone know if there are travel restrictions from the USA to Canada with birds now with the whole bird flu scare?
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There are tons if things besides just the new bird flu, if you're driving across the border it's easier, but either way lots and lots of red tape...
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zaubern
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I plan on driving, can I get by with just health certificates? (I'm taking 2 parakeets).
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If you are only taking 2 parakeets, put them in your pocket. It's a lot easier.

But if you want to follow the rules (don't know why you would want to do that) you will need health certificates, and probably an import permit to get them BACK into the US... They might also want your first born. Good luck!
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It is virtually always easier to carry things out of the USA than into it. If you are going out of country, my first suggestion is that if you must have birds borrow them at your destination. Bird magic is older than the new world. If you are very resourceful, they are available in most major population centers. (Don't forget zoos and petting zoos.)

Tropical birds will be easily found but probably not very useful outside their cages. Doves are seldom a problem. I have used plenty of doves that did not have 15 minutes of training. (They are not as risky as volunteers from the audience or agency furnished assistants! LOL)

I don't recommend smuggling.

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Well, I don't know anyone in the area but do pet shops let you borrow animals...that sounds kind of odd. I would take mine but I would hate to lose them at the border because someone wanted to throw the book at me because I am missing one little piece of paper.
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Unless the pet shop (or actually more appropriately its supplier) was my sponsor, I've never had that experience. Pet shops can tell you who in the area owns the animals you seek. Farmers' co-ops are even more knowledgable of birds and animals in the area. (They not only sell feed but also cages, cage building items, and feeders, and because of the extermination chemicals they sell, they stay better informed.

My experience with pet shops is that the personnel seldom has much experience. Employee turnover is extremely high.

I would not gamble on US Customs with animals I valued. Since 1969 I have been in the import business in the USA. (I own DoveLite Silks, the silk importer.) Even so, I have a man on call in Atlanta that deals with US Customs for me when things go wrong at Customs. After all these years, it still does! When it does, it takes weeks to resolve (at the speed of government). Actually the people are pretty nice but being in govenment care is not safe for living things.

Use plan B.

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What Ive done when I travel with my parakeets is I get all the correct paper work for my other birds (doves etc) and when I get to the border I ask to fill out a "personally owned pet bird certificate" This paper states that the parakeets are travelling with you because they are your pets and cannot be left behind. I believe there is also a small fee for this paper. Hope this helps.

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I hope Darcy is correct. Still, rules may be changing daily with the bird flu issues. Personally, I always borrow or rent birds (doves) from pet shops. "Rent" usually means I pay the price of the bird, and return them afterward. I find a local pet shop online and call in advance to reserve the birds with a credit card. I ONLY speak to the manager or owner to make all the arrangements.

Maybe you can ask online at this Café to see if anyone has TAME parakeets you can borrow in the area of Canada where you will be performing.

There is another problem. Magicians who travel to Canada are often not allowed to work there. The rule is: If you can be replaced by a Canadian magician then you are replaced! Crazy, but true. They do not want their Canadian workers displaced by Americans. Unless this rule has changed, this is the way it was when I tried to cross the border ten years ago. I would check into this.
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Well, anybody out there in the Victoria area have a pair of parakeets?
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Post a new topic in the "Polly wants a cracker" index asking this question. I bet you get a reply. Good luck!
Wonder is very necessary in life. When we're little kids, we're filled with wonder for the world - it's fascinating and miraculous. A lot of people lose that. They become cynical and jaded, especially in modern day society. Magic renews that wonder.
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Zaubern,

PM me I'll give you all the details to properlly traveling across the border with your parakeets. I just came back from the states a few weeks ago so I am certain this still works.

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Thanks Darcy!
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