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Old 02-21-2020, 11:58 PM
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Free Flight in Conures

Hi I have been researching free flight for a while but not too much content for a GCC. Is it possible to train them to free flight? Whats everything I need for conure free flight training?
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Re: Free Flight in Conures

- It first starts within your home (full flighted status) and includes recall training!
- Verify that your area lacks Hawks, Eagles, Owls and other flighted hunters!

A solid understanding that if not successful in your training, your Parrot is likely gone!!!
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Re: Free Flight in Conures

I wouldn't consider free flight outside. These birds are so small and light even a gust of wind would likely throw them away and cause disorientation. Being so small they would easily lose sight of their parront and even though they have a pretty strong voice I still think they would be hard to find, especially as, if Syd is anything to go by, if something scares him he loses all reason.
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Re: Free Flight in Conures

The reason you don’t hear much about FreeFlight in conures is because in the Western culture we tend to Discourage free flight in such small birds. They can far too easily be picked off by birds of prey, and are much harder to see if there is a flyer off incident. Discourage free fight in such small birds. They can far too easily be picked off by birds of prey, and are much harder to see and hear if there is a fly off incident.

However I emphasize western culture, because you will see cultural variations to this. Some cultures have absolutely no problem free flying conures in spite of the risks.
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Re: Free Flight in Conures

is it possible to free flight him in my back yard only? Ive seen some people use harness to keep their birds close but I've only seen larger parrots such as Macaws wear them. Are conures to small for something like this?
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Re: Free Flight in Conures

If you net in your backyard? Sure, why not.

Without a net, not sure how it’d be any different in terms of safety. Bird can still fly off, and birds of prey Can still get to the bird. Hawks et al have been known to snatch parrots right off your shoulder! Just watch this video

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Re: Free Flight in Conures

wow! Ok definatly second guessing the ideaXD. Just out of curiosity though I have seen some parronts carry a perch with them when free flighting and it has like a 100 ft "leash" attacted that goes around the foot of the bird. What is this?

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Re: Free Flight in Conures

Around the foot? Sounds like jesses, a kind of tether designed for captive birds of prey. Very bad for parrots. Unlike birds of prey with strong legs, parrot legs weren’t designed to carry the heavy body of wriggling prey. One small tug on a Jess can cause hip dislocation in a parrot.

There are plenty of videos with HARNESSES that have long tethers/handles/leads, those are fine because they clip to a harness on the body. But clips to the legs are not good for parrots.
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Re: Free Flight in Conures

ok i was just curious cuz ive seen Macaws and Amazons where them and they didn't look safe to me.
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Re: Free Flight in Conures

Just to clarify this is what I am talking about. Skip to 3:00. I kept thinking if her flw to fast and far it could pull him down
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