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When is it best to start harness training with albie?

Am I best waiting until he's finished his moult so he's more comfortable or should I start as soon as? I'm finding info on how to train him but nothing really in regards to his moult.

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Re: When is it best to start harness training with albie?

I would wait until he has finished his moult. I know my conures are super cranky when they have pin feathers so I'd imagine it would make it harder to harness train.
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Re: When is it best to start harness training with albie?

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I would wait until he has finished his moult. I know my conures are super cranky when they have pin feathers so I'd imagine it would make it harder to harness train.
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I mean, you could start getting him used to seeing it and touching it with his beak/rewarding that sort of thing ( if he isn't too cranky) but I wouldn't try to put it on until his feathers are less sensitive.
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Re: When is it best to start harness training with albie?

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Quote: Originally Posted by Talven View Post
I would wait until he has finished his moult. I know my conures are super cranky when they have pin feathers so I'd imagine it would make it harder to harness train.
Agreed--
I mean, you could start getting him used to seeing it and touching it with his beak/rewarding that sort of thing ( if he isn't too cranky) but I wouldn't try to put it on until his feathers are less sensitive.
Yes basically as soon as possible but allow All Sorts of time for him to get Used to just the existence of the thing. So starting now gives plenty of time to wait till moult all-done before attempting to put it on...
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Re: When is it best to start harness training with albie?

Thanks guys, he's surprisingly good natured while he's moulting... I was expect a full on grouchy wings that would get mad with us at any given minute. How ever it might be because we don't force interactions with him so he comes to us when he wants (which is most of the time!) I'll be ordering him his harness tomorrow!
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Re: When is it best to start harness training with albie?

What is harness training? and why?
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Re: When is it best to start harness training with albie?

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What is harness training? and why?
Harness training exposes a bird to wearing a harness in a very slow (step-by-step) desensitization process so that you can safely take them outside etc with harness on (like a bird leash that goes under their wings and around their chest). A clipped bird can still fly outdoors in many cases (even if they cannot fly inside). It has to do with winds, heights etc...and so if you take them out, you need them to be harnessed even if you think they won't fly away (as something could startle them and cause them to bolt, no matter how bonded they are....and then they can have trouble getting back even if they want to).
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Re: When is it best to start harness training with albie?

Right a bird that flies away doesn't know the way back, if its not had the opportunity to learn it. its not like a dog, that has a scent to follow. Birds have to put the way home to memory in the wild (one of the reasons they're so smart); parrots raised indoors who have not flown around the neighborhood oftten get lost and just keep flying. Speaking as one who lost a very precious companion parrot - trian your parrot to wear a harness.
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Re: When is it best to start harness training with albie?

thank you so much. i think i'll be looking into a harness! my bird is about 3 months old and never even seen a harness. is this a good time to start harness training? how old is too old to start? Also, is there any suggestions as to which type of harness? I've been looking at them and there all sorts of prices and seem to be a few different designs. Thanks.

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Re: When is it best to start harness training with albie?

I don't think there is such a thing as too old to learn. Rather it just takes a bit longer to learn.

I chose the aviator harness it was pricy but seems to be the best on the market.

I only really found out about harnesses thanks to wrench when I was watching a video of him doing so trick trading with his amazon salty and I've finally got around to doing it.
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