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Old 07-26-2016, 10:48 PM
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Cap Gun = Safety outside and inside?

So I'm here sipping on some beverage and I just thought of an idea that I felt compelled to post here in case it helps an avian friend somewhere out there out.

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For those of you that like to take your guys outside with a harness. Wouldn't it be a really good idea to take a cap gun with you when you do so? I was recently reading some true stories about people who took their parrots/conures/wild rescues outside, only to have it snatched and devoured by a bird of prey. Then I read someone asking a question if a harness would offer protection. Obviously it would only offer the peace of mind that the hawk wouldn't fly off with your loved one and eat it alive while it's perched on a 50ft tree.

But if it sunk it's talons into it then it's a big problem. Especially if while said talons where sunk in, you tried to pull hard to retrieve him from the hawk's grasp. So wouldn't a noise device like a cap gun reduce the likelihood of a fatal injury in this case? It doesn't have to be a cap gun, just something that is instantly activated and loud as hell to have the attacker release it's grasp of your little guy. Just thought this would help. Or maybe it's a terrible idea but it's good either way to have this out there on the internet.

BTW, it doesn't have to be a hawk. A cat could be your attacker, or a dog, or a baby, or another parrot! Whatever. Point is to have something that will cease further injury to your bird.
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Old 07-27-2016, 12:39 AM
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Re: Cap Gun = Safety outside and inside?

Not only could a loud noise scare off a potential attacker, but it could also frighten the bird enough that the bird could get tangled in the leash and thrash/flop around. Maybe a good idea in theory, but I'm not so sure in practice...

I've even heard of a macaw that managed to get loose while on a harness (harness slipped off of hand), and the bird got stuck in a tree, after the harness got wrapped around the branches....
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Re: Cap Gun = Safety outside and inside?

I'm sure most people who fly their birds are checking before flying them and avoiding certain places and peak times that birds of prey are active.
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Re: Cap Gun = Safety outside and inside?

That's an interesting and good idea. Thank you for sharing.

Another thought, when I take my pi out on harness, I carabiner the leash to my belt or to a secure metal bracelet, then hold the leash shorter in my hand - that way if I get caught off guard, she's still tethered to me.
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Re: Cap Gun = Safety outside and inside?

I agree - anything loud enough to scare off a predator would likely scare your own bird! And anything quieter you;d have to keep ready to aim and fire. A hawk can certainly move faster than you can react. A squirt gun might dissuade some ground-based predators ...
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