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Old 09-12-2018, 08:12 PM
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Also if you are worried about it being secured the Aviator is much more secure than the flight suit. The leash is attached to the Aviator permanently. The Flight suit leash is attached via a velcro sandwich.
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Old 09-12-2018, 08:19 PM
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Yeah, I was thinking the same thing Sunny. It just seems VERY constraining and while the video on their website says the material is designed to push away from a birds vent after they go, I'm not sure I believe that.

Skittles is potty trained too and he has NEVER pooped on me. I didn't potty train him though, so I've no idea how people do that. I just happened to notice shortly after I got him he would only poop in certain places and there were several times he was on my shoulder and flew to his cage, pooped, and then came back. When I saw him doing that I called the pet store and thats when I found out the clerk had potty trained him. That clerk wanted to buy him, the only reason she didn't is because of her work hours.

Anyways, those flight suits are also held together with velcro, I don't trust that. I was just curious since my vet mentioned them. But I like the Aviator much better, its far less constricting.

I actually think it'll probably only take me a couple of days to get Skittles in the harness. We may have some hot days coming up in the next week or two and I may try.

I think I'm a lot more likely to be firm in my training since you said they don't hold grudges. lol. I always worry Skittles will be mad at me, but there are times he's been mad before and he seems to forget rather easily. If only people were the same way. lol. Of course if people were just like birds, well, the world would be a wonderful place! We just wouldn't be able to walk around barefoot.
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Well... I'm not sure if Ollie sat the other 2 down and said "First of all never talk...(lol none of them really even make noises unless in the car or away from Ollie and Ollie has 2 noises... screaming and silence) 2ndly if mommy ever does something scary or weird, she isn't trying to hurt us, whatever it is it's because she is trying to help us, so don't bite and don't be mad at her.". So yeah even Finley who may bite me if I try to pet him or if I ask him to step up won't ever bite me if I'm man handling him to file his nails and beak or put his harness on...so weird. I'm guessing it's Ollie's doing...

So yeah a 3 of mine totally could care less after I put on the harness or file their beak or something equally as annoying or scary. I do always give them a treat when the harness is on successfully and off successfully so that might have helped. I also always put the harness on Ollie in front of them when I'm training so they know what's happening before but happens but you don't have that luxury unfortunately. Lucky for me Ollie is an extremely obedient and perfect bird so I never had an issue with him and to this day at 2 years old has never bitten me.
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I wish I could say the same about Skittles, lol. Its SOOO much better now, but back when I first got him- the first few years were VERY difficult. He was consistently misbehaving and screeching non-stop. So I would give in and give him whatever he wanted just to keep him quiet and it just accelerate from there. eBut the only time he used to bite me was when he felt threatened by what he saw as a threat OR a predator.

Now there have been numerous situations recently where he was in such a situation BUT he didn't bite me once. I'm not sure why. Maybe its the persistent "no biting" boundary. Who knows. Even when we went to the vet and he hid inside my shirt and wouldn't come out, I had to grab him and hand him to the vet and he didn't bite me then either. Even if I grab him and hold him, he won't bite, he'll just 'wiggle' his way out of my hand (which is rather easy to do given his size, lol).

I am just soooo proud of how far he's come. He really is an obedient bird now. He tests the limits every so often, but for the most part, he obeys. When he doesn't, I let him know it. I have noticed he does NOT like my stern voice, but he loves my birdy voice. While my stern voice is louder, my birdy voice is more animated. But getting him to associate what gets him treats and rewards and what gets the 'stern voice' has made a world of difference.
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Re: Skitty gets an update!

Just going to chime in with best of luck with harness training! Be prepared to have your last thread of patience, um, "tested" I'm sure all the hard work will pay off next summer when Skittles can go out safely!
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Re: Skitty gets an update!

OLLIE HAS A CHALLENGER!!!

LOL, so I went to show Skittles the harness again tonight and he was sitting on the desk perch. I actually had the collar on his head and I think he actually would have let me put it on (IF it would have just slid on), but I'm gonna have to hold him to put the collar through his head cause the collar hole is small. I'm HOPING its not too small for him.
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Re: Skitty gets an update!

There is noooooooo way it's too small if it's a X-Small because Finley is a beast and his and Ollie's are the same size. Paris wears a size down from them for comparison. It does need to be snug..just make sure you can sort of stick a finger under it in various places so it's not too tight. The head bit is not that easy to get over Finley face beak lol but it's definitely not too small.
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Okay, I was just worried since it won't slide right on easily, but I'm new to these harness things.



I don't think I'm going to bother going the slow route, its obviously not going to be necessary. Once I am sure I know how to do it right, I'm just gonna put it on him. I'm gonna keep re-watching those YT videos and practicing with my hands.
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Well, we had a bit of a setback today. It was in the 80s out here, so I thought of trying the harness to see it I could get it right.

Like I had expected (based on his previous reaction) Skittles let me put the collar on and I thought I was home-free. But when I went to go put the rest of it on, ie the wings, he freaked right out and started thrashing about. Luckily, I had him held down enough to prevent injury, but he almost got loose. He wasn't calming down and started making panting noises, so I moved as fast as I could to get him untangled. Once he was loose, he flew right up my chest, darted down my shirt and wouldn't come out. At least he isn't hold any grudges.

I showed him the harness again later on and he did NOT freak out at the sight of it, which is good. I think I just tried to rush it and it backfired. I was incredibly concerned about the noises he was making, I think he was aspirating (which is what Peaches used to do when the vet held her).

I'm gonna start over from scratch and go slower this time. Not going to worry about this year, but focus on next year. Luckily, Skittles trusts me immensely and sees me as his 'safety zone' (even safer than his own cage). BUT, I don't want to damage that either. I'll continue to try and harness train him, but if he continues to freak out like that, I'll give up on it. Skittles is incredibly obedient. He doesn't fight me on anything, so this was a big surprise. Again, I think I rushed it and hopefully, I can start from scratch. But if he continues to be in that much distress each time I try to train him, I won't do it anymore. Its not like him to react like that and honestly, I can't cope with seeing him like that, its too much for me.
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Re: Skitty gets an update!

Hmm well I'm sorry to hear that. I personally think the wing part is the hardest part. How can a bird aspirate from stress? That does not make sense..I can see him panting but I'm not sure that it's a reason not to continue to put on the harness. Just put it on...you saw my video..Fin had only been getting harnessed for the 2nd time ever and he freaked out a bit and we both lived to tell the tale. I wasn't there so it might have been really bad or something and I just can't see it in my mind. Don't let Skittles take control of you! You're the boss!! I don't know if it will help but don't approach him like "oh can I please put this on you Skittles?" More like "I'm putting this on you and we're going for a walk! You're welcome in advance Skittles." Lol.
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