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Parrot Harness Hints

Check out these bird harness tips

By Susan Chamberlain

Bird Harness Tips
Allow time for you bird to become familiar and interested in a new bird harness. Courtesy Linda Costello, Ohio

1. What’s your bird’s favorite treat?  Reserve this treat for a reward during training.

2. Begin training sessions on a bed, couch or floor for soft landings if your bird gets spooked at the sight of the harness.

3. At first, simply show the bird the harness. Allow time for the bird to become interested in this un-familiar accessory.

4. Begin by lying part of the harness cross the bird’s back or nape.  If the bird panics, remove it immediately.

5. Have you ever noticed how some macaws drape toys over and under their wings? These birds may be excellent candidates for harnesses.

6. Can leashes take the place of carriers? No, a carrier is a safe haven. A bird unrestrained in a car or on a leash can slam into a windshield or could wander around the car.

7. Never leave your bird unattended while it’s wearing a harness. Don’t tie the leash to a cage or other stationary object. Hold it in your hand.
 
Caution: A fully flighted bird is always at risk for escape or injury. Have your bird’s wing feathers trimmed before taking it outdoors under any circumstances.


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I thought this article was quite interesting. I agree that all birds should be able to go outside and enjoy the warm sunshine on their feathers. I take my birds for a walk in a stroller that was actually made for dogs and some of my birds have harnesses and leashes that they enjoy wearing because they know that when I bring the harness out they get to go someplace with me. I nearly lost my little green cheeked conure Dixie when she got spooked and thought that my son was leaving in someone elses car and she started to fly after the car and I lost my green conure in the green grass of the house across the street. Now I always have their wings trimmed and their harnesses on at all times when I go outside anywhere. If not then they spend time in the stroller which has a nice screen and is safe from scary things going by them. Never take your bird out without some safety measures such as a harness or carrier or cage or stroller.
Rose, Marstons Mills, MA
Posted: 6/21/2008 9:13:42 AM
I think my bird might have to be put totally out- like w/ valium or sodium pentethol, he views this harness as a foe.?
crystal, battle mtn, NV
Posted: 6/19/2008 5:59:13 PM
Great information. Thanks for publishing it.
Janet, Henderson, NV
Posted: 4/30/2008 5:23:44 PM
Very informative and useful because I often rotate toys between my large parrots and this is a good guide to make choice by...
Stephanie, Carson City, NV
Posted: 4/25/2008 12:25:39 PM
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