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Old 06-15-2015, 03:15 PM
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Yesterday, Husband and I went to Lowes and took Venus with us. She has to wear her harness if she is not in her travel cage because she has 3 wing feathers that have grown to full length. Not taking any risks and she hasn't flown for me yet but you never know. Our purpose? To get some washers to help brace a new perch, and to find a plant hook that we can hang Venus' new boing from.

Got the washers and we were heading to the opposite side of the store to look at plant hangers when a woman, looking at Venus smiling in aww says to me, "This is the first time I've ever seen a bird on a leash." She wasn't mean or rude, you could tell she was intrigued. My response to her was that they make a harness for birds to minimize the risk of them spooking and flying off. Then she wanted to know what kind of bird Venus was so I shared with her. I've even had people ask me if she was a real bird, seriously.

I was wondering if anyone has run into this and what answers you give people for the question of harnessing a bird.
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Old 06-15-2015, 03:28 PM
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Re: Responses To Harnessed Parrots

I guess non-bird people are more familiar with seeing more of the old school way of no harness, just sitting on the shoulder.

Is that a real bird?!! I can see maybe a young child asking that, but an adult? Come on people. Tracey walks around in public with a fake parrot in a harness on her shoulder, to make people 'think' it's real... lol

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Old 06-15-2015, 03:44 PM
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Re: Responses To Harnessed Parrots

I have had three people ask me if she is a real bird, seriously. I've only had one person recognize and say she's an "Eclectus". Venus is so quiet in public where Buddy is NONSTOP NOISE!!!! He's an extrovert, he says "Hello" to everyone, where Venus has to warm up. Everyone knows when Buddy is around so I think that, plus her coloring adds to the mystery.
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Re: Responses To Harnessed Parrots

I take my gcc with me and people either say aww how cute or they quietly stare and wonder lol.

Saw today a harness for walking your CHICKEN at my grain store. Asked them if people actually do it and she said they sold out and had to reorder them... But nobody has provided pictures or proof. ('Loki and I have gone in with his harness)
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Old 06-15-2015, 04:09 PM
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Re: Responses To Harnessed Parrots

I take my conure out for errands in his flight suit.

I get the strangest questions!
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Old 06-15-2015, 04:12 PM
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Re: Responses To Harnessed Parrots

Sounds like Venus had a lovely day out I have had people ask me before if Kiwi was real too lol (sometimes I feel like telling them I enjoy taking my toy bird out with me for some fresh air). I think your response was great. It's for her safety, so she doesn't fly away. You may want to say something about it being designed to be comfortable for her too (in case the person is wondering that as well).

I take Kiwi in a backpack, not a harness, but I get a lot of questions and interest (sometimes more in the backpack itself than the creature lurking inside). I just explain it is for his safety so he can enjoy seeing the 'wider world'. I also get asked a lot if he likes coming out, to which I respond he loves it, that it's enriching for him and he gets to meet new people so that helps his socialization skills. People really seem to like that response A lot of people have negative connotations with pet birds because they assume they stay in a cage 24/7, so anytime you can inform them not all bird owners do that, is a positive thing in my book. You may also get another bird owner who never thought to bring their bird out (or never knew a safe way how) to give it a try (and end up having another birds life positively impacted). So glad to hear your getting your birds out too! It really does make an impact on their attitude and well being.
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Old 06-15-2015, 04:20 PM
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Re: Responses To Harnessed Parrots

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I have had three people ask me if she is a real bird, seriously. I've only had one person recognize and say she's an "Eclectus". Venus is so quiet in public where Buddy is NONSTOP NOISE!!!! He's an extrovert, he says "Hello" to everyone, where Venus has to warm up. Everyone knows when Buddy is around so I think that, plus her coloring adds to the mystery.
Ahahahaha! Buddy is just a friendly guy lol I can *so* picture the vocalizations and body language of an amazon in full 'excitement mode' too. He must be fun to go out with! I bet Venus doesn't draw quite as much attention. Kiwi is very quiet in general, and usually doesn't vocalize when we go out. He does give lots of happy puffs and tail shakes though.
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Re: Responses To Harnessed Parrots

Yes, we all have the same things happen! I have had the "omg he is REAL??!" asked a number of times. And lots of questions about harnessing and misinformation about birds ("he is clipped right?" as if that means he was somehow surgically altered and can NEVER fly, or "he is your friend, he would never fly away anyhow!") You realize how little the average, non 'bird person' knows about birds.

The ones I like are people who have a pet bird or who truly want one and are intrigued and ask details about the harness because they love the idea.

The ones who make me sad are the ones who just ask how much I paid for him and how 'yeah i'd put a harness on that after paying all that money'. Ugh.
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Re: Responses To Harnessed Parrots

I get "is it a real bird?" on a regular basis also "what if it poops?" and Will it fly away?" I also get, "IS it biting you?!" cause drogo uses my hair as a handle bar to hold on to when he thinks he is going to lose balance...
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Re: Responses To Harnessed Parrots

Lol, I get that all the time. Funny enough, the most memorable time was when I had Flick on my shoulder, and my friend Ariel had her Eclectus Drogo on hers. We were stopped by a man who said almost exactly what you mentioned (and we were in a hardware store, too!) and kept saying "no way! Shut up! For real? Shut up!" Lol.
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