Bird FlightSuits allow owners to take their pets to places they usually wouldn't. Courtesy Charlotte Buckley, MI
Imagine not worrying about green streaks down the back of your shirt? Lorraine Moore, co-president of Avian Fashions with husband Mark Moore, designed the patented FlightSuit with friend Cely Giron of California. “It was originally designed to catch droppings, but we got requests for the leash function that allows birds to be out of the cage and safely under the owner’s control, so we developed that option,” related Moore. “The combination of the two works well; people can now bring their birds to places where they wouldn’t ordinarily have taken them.”
Moore says the most important factor in the success of getting a bird to wear the FlightSuit is that the bird be accustomed to being handled. “We try to screen and educate the customer; the younger the bird, the better. The wings and tail are not constricted by FlightSuits. Birds can flap their wings and preen. It’s very lightweight. Fabricated of Lycra, FlightSuits are washable and reusable with disposable liners. Winter FlightSuits, made of Alpine fleece, are a little warm; and recommended for feather pluckers,” according to Moore. She recommends using positive reinforcement when your bird is wearing a FlightSuit.
The amount that a larger bird eats can play a factor on when to change the liner. Courtesy Mark Hummel, TN
How long can a bird wear a flight suit? Moore’s recommendations are:
Small birds: four to six hours; Change liner and allow bird to preen for a while before putting the flight suit back on.
Larger birds: It depends on how much they’re eating about three to four hours maximum, then change liner and allow bird to preen.
The Moores are proud of their safety record. According to Mark, there’s been “Not a feather harmed or a successful escape reported." Avian Fashions celebrated the FlightSuit’s 10 year anniversary in January 2007.