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I am so glad you asked! Birds do not know how to fly instinctively . . . they must be taught. Either by their bird parents or by us. Birds hurt themselves "flying" into walls, windows, etc. because of the fight or flight phenomena. Get the right sized harness - I use the plain strappy ones not the flight suits. Introduce Roxie to it by handeling it a lot near her so she knows its "safe". Once she is comfortable touching it you can put it on her and attach your end to a small dog leash that is extendable/retractable. Begin by walking around areas of the house she is familiar with while on your shoulder or hand and progress to unknown areas of the house. You can stand a foot or two away from her cage and "toss" her into the air toward her cage to land on. With time, you can move further away from her cage/perches and eventually outside for longer distance flying. Another way to help birds get used to "flying" is to hang bongo/bungie ropes from the ceiling or perches, and colorful plastic chains. This gets them used to moving perches lest she gets out and onto a tree-branch. One reason why a loose bird won't come down from a tree is because they are terrified to let go. I have found such a freedom having my birds fully flighted and harnessed! We can go anywhere anytime! From my Macaws & Toos to my Parrotlette! You can also "house-train" your bird to go potty in designated areas. Believe me, I am well aquainted with the projectile feces!!! Thanks for visiting! Liz
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