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Old 06-25-2015, 10:40 AM
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Re: Responses To Harnessed Parrots

Nah, I have the aviator harness and love it. I carry napkins with me in case of an accident (and there are ALWAYS accidents)

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Old 06-25-2015, 10:43 AM
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Re: Responses To Harnessed Parrots

You take the birds out to eat too, Wendy? Or just for walks?
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Old 06-25-2015, 10:48 AM
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Re: Responses To Harnessed Parrots

Quote: Originally Posted by Anansi View Post
You take the birds out to eat too, Wendy? Or just for walks?
Take them out to eat in Jersey? I don't think they'd even let me enter with one, unless it's an outdoor eatery.

I've taken them to our local Wildlife Reservoir, around the block (or two), and they love being out when we're having a picnic in the back yard. We always share food with them here.
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Old 06-25-2015, 10:49 AM
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Re: Responses To Harnessed Parrots

Mine isn't harnessed, so I don't have an answer for that. My usual answer is "she's trained to stay put."

But I'm always amazed at the number of people who come up to me and ask me if "that's a real parrot" on my shoulder...

How many people walk around with a FAKE parrot on their shoulder, I mean besides the Captain Morgan Rum guy doing a promo at a bar... and the occasional guy in a Halloween pirate costume.

"Nah. It's a Robo-parrot. The real ones bite and poop all over everything."
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Re: Responses To Harnessed Parrots

Mark I have at least a year to study all your insight, but I'm sure I will never have the knowledge that you have nor the confidence to take my bird out withought the harness But I DO want to take it out and socialize it, so a harness it will be.
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Old 06-25-2015, 01:46 PM
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Re: Responses To Harnessed Parrots

I was taking Venus out without a harness because she can't fly. Her wing clip was bad, all were clipped except the feathers at the tip of the wing and by her back. That has stopped because her feathers are coming in and they are gorgeous so she's wearing her harness on outings now. And before anyone says a clipped bird can fly, yes they can if all of their feathers are not cut, she is unable to get lift but in a few months she will so it will be time to teach her to fly. Love it!
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Old 06-26-2015, 10:47 AM
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Re: Responses To Harnessed Parrots

Quote: Originally Posted by denaw View Post
Mark I have at least a year to study all your insight, but I'm sure I will never have the knowledge that you have nor the confidence to take my bird out withought the harness But I DO want to take it out and socialize it, so a harness it will be.
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Nothing at all wrong with harness training. In fact, it's a good idea.

I've got two that I trust fully flighted, no matter what...

Maggie is fully flighted and recalled.

Sweepea is fully flighted and recalled.

Sally is fully flighted and recalled.

Those are my out and about birds.

I have harnessed sweepea early on, because she had a nasty habit of spooking on me... But it's probably been ten years since I had a harness on her.

I take Maggie with me to Starbucks in the mornings. Set her down on the back of a chair, FULLY FLIGHTED, go in, get my coffee... come out, she's right where I left her.

She sits outside on her playstand at the laundrymat when I do laundry. Self entertains when I load or fold clothes. In between time is our one on one times...

And all of mine play in the tree in the front yard on nice days.

MAGGIE has watched the fireworks with us on the 4th of July... fully flighted, no harness.

SALLY has been to the Carnaval parade in San Francisco, 450,000 people... floats, drums, firecrackers, strangers...

They have been UBER startle trained. Nothing phases them.

And if it does, they're so bonded that they get closer to me, knowing I will protect them.

Neither of those two have ever flown off on me in public.

I used to free fly Sally, my amazon... like every day, after work we'd go for a walk, and do some flying, and play in a tree...

THAT is why I feel confident with mine.

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