Going into the process of how to import my pet birds into the U.S., I wondered first and foremost what quarantine would be like for them. Would it be awful, with the birds being given the bare minimum required to keep them alive?
As it turns out, no. Quarantine was like a holiday for parrots: The glass isolets allowed the birds to see out, therefore feeling less abandoned, and had HEPA filters that worked to ensure that no disease could possibly be spread. The employees brought the birds fresh fruits and vegetables, treats, toys, and branches, and gave them attention where possible. I also posted them my own toys, and had the option to send my own food.
The staff were easily reachable, and always willing to answer my questions. I had no issues communicating with them, and I always knew how my birds were doing. This was honestly the least stressful part of the entire import process.
So in answer to the question of what it’ll be like for your bird, it’s difficult to answer. My pair are extremely people-reliant, but they came out just fine. They were the favourites of the staff there! My Senegal and parrotlet were glad to get out – isolation like that isn’t fun – but it was okay for them.
Quarantine won’t be the stark, clinical process you may have envisioned, at least.
Was it worth it? Absolutely. Importing my parrots to join me was the best decision I ever made, if a very expensive one! The birds have settled in wonderfully afterwards, with no residuals issues (and I know they’re completely healthy). Here are a few photos: