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Old 12-03-2018, 08:47 PM
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...Amy and I are still doing flap flap lessons..I have noticed recently that he is showing more effort in waving his arms. Prior to being diagnosed with his heart troubles it seemed like he was half-heartedly flapping. Tonight as we practiced he really went to town waving. His arms were held up higher and his waving was more intense. I'm thinking that the heart med is really making him feel much better/energetic.
I remember before my dbl-bypass I had zero enthusiasm or energy..I guess that's how the poor green dino must have been feeling too



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Old 12-03-2018, 09:35 PM
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Re: Flapping lessons..

I know I should do this with Bingo but he would be a danger to my wife if he could fly.
Bingo tolerates my son but if I take him out when my wife is around he almost runs in her direction with blood on his mind.

Most of the time I only take him out when she is not around.
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Old 12-03-2018, 09:36 PM
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Re: Flapping lessons..

Great News Jim.
What you are saying is very likely contributing. In addition, as he adds strength into his muscle mass, the natural chemical release also add to overall enthusiasm. If you are not yet walking with him as he is flapping his wings, it time to add that to the process.

As you see his interests increase, you need to start 'hearing' his rested heart rate prior to starting and after he is completed. As the length of the practice increases, you will want to add rest points and more importantly, time to 'hear' his heart rate.
Remember back a year or so ago when in another of your Threads, I had recommended the CAV physical prior to starting and practicing placing his chest against your ear. The last thing you want is to push too far too soon.
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Old 12-03-2018, 10:53 PM
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Re: Flapping lessons..

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Great News Jim.
What you are saying is very likely contributing. In addition, as he adds strength into his muscle mass, the natural chemical release also add to overall enthusiasm. If you are not yet walking with him as he is flapping his wings, it time to add that to the process.

As you see his interests increase, you need to start 'hearing' his rested heart rate prior to starting and after he is completed. As the length of the practice increases, you will want to add rest points and more importantly, time to 'hear' his heart rate.
Remember back a year or so ago when in another of your Threads, I had recommended the CAV physical prior to starting and practicing placing his chest against your ear. The last thing you want is to push too far too soon.
Yes Steven I remember. I think that was a reason that I didn't do as much sessions that I could have,I was worried I'd do more harm than good And now,at his latest check up his doc said his heart and lungs sounded good,for the condition he has. I am taking it easy however,he does about 15 flap flaps in a session and I let him rest for a spell. tonight I did walk down the hall while we practiced and I could tell he had a good grip on the perch stick.

I will be taking it easy on him though,but offer Amy a few more sessions per day and also try to hear his heart (without getting chomped on )


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Old 12-03-2018, 11:38 PM
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Re: Flapping lessons..

Quote: Originally Posted by texsize View Post
I know I should do this with Bingo but he would be a danger to my wife if he could fly.
Bingo tolerates my son but if I take him out when my wife is around he almost runs in her direction with blood on his mind.

Most of the time I only take him out when she is not around.
It must be an Amazon thing Wes...years ago Amy would literally chase my ex wife down the hall..rudder flaired,arms out wide,beaky open as far as it could go..I thought it was hilarious Debbie..ehhhh...not so much!


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Old 12-03-2018, 11:53 PM
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Re: Flapping lessons..



It's nice to see Amy is doing well on his flapping lessons.

You have made my hope up... I really want my Baby Kise could fly.
She is not fully feathers on her right wing/tail... Now the left wing/tail are almost there...
two more months to go for the left to fully feathers, and I hope I can teach her to fly...


I got this set from parrot wizard on the 25th.. it will arrive tomorrow; I'll go from there when she is fully feathers.

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Old 12-04-2018, 07:33 AM
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Re: Flapping lessons..

I try to do flapping with Sam every day. He really does love it, but still shows no interest in flying. Our vet always said it is because he was removed from the flock too early and never really learned about flying. When he does try to fly, he is so clumsy I get scared for him. If Amy does fly, how does he look?
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Old 12-04-2018, 07:40 AM
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GO AMY!!! So glad she is finally starting to enjoy flapping. Even if she never learns to fly, daily flapping exercises are still far better than not moving her wings at all.

Kiwi was relatively young and in otherwise good health when we first started his flapping exercises and he still huffed and puffed to the point we wondered if he was going to be ok. Flight takes a lot of energy/work for a bird, not to mention they have to build their flight muscles if they've never before flown so I'm guessing you will see nothing but improvements in her 'workouts' from here on out
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I try to do flapping with Sam every day. He really does love it, but still shows no interest in flying. Our vet always said it is because he was removed from the flock too early and never really learned about flying. When he does try to fly, he is so clumsy I get scared for him. If Amy does fly, how does he look?
I have to wonder if this might be something BFAs are more prone to? It seems quite a few people have gotten birds of other species who've never flown and successfully taught flight, but on this forum alone I know of at least 3 BFAs (and likely a few more if I poured over old threads) who've been given the opportunity to learn and flat refused (my own included).
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Re: Flapping lessons..

Oh, great reminder to monitor the heartrate!
(Sunny is nowhere near regular flapping yet but a girl can dream, right?)


Japie (grownup (re?) learning to fly here) was a true kamikaze pilot for at least 3-4 months and slowly improved, now 3 years on he can do turns on the spot, controlled landing and getting (sigh...) into all kinds of semi-inaccessable places (to boldly go where no parrot was meant to go / my poor books! and the garbage cans!). Flying is so much fun (at least from the parrots point of vieuw!).



So happy to read things have improved for Amy (and you as well).

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