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Old 01-29-2007, 02:20 PM
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Exclamation Feather Tether Warning

I recently purchased a small size "feather tether" bird harness. I wanted to harness train my senegal popsicle. Just a warning to everyone these feather tethers can be dangerous to your bird. The small size one fits around the neck then around the chest of the bird. I managed with lots of problems to get this bulky harness on Popsicle. She decided she wanted nothing to do with this so she managed to get her foot hooked onto the part that went around her chest and pushed it off her chest which in turn tightened the piece around her neck. If I had the neck piece any tighter she could have choked herself. These are hard enough to get off a grumpy bird, let alone when your panicing yourself.

So a warning for everyone out there, be very careful if you go to use this type of harness. I'm not sure how the other sizes work but the small size harness is in my opinion horrible!!!
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Old 01-29-2007, 02:33 PM
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Re: Feather Tether Warning

Tracy I'm so glad that you were able to get this thing off Popsicle without too many problems.

I hate the feather tether, had one for Bucc and swore I would never ever use one again on a bird of mine. He managed to undo the clasps and get himself out of it. Thankfully we were inside at the time. I have since got an Aviator Harness and they are brilliant. In fact they are so good that I have just ordered one for Kito. I would highly recommend these for anyone who wants to harness train their bird.

http://theparrotuniversity.com/harness/harness.html

Although I'm in the UK, I ordered mine from Steve and it came within a week and was cheaper than I could get it in this country and no shipping. Even better.
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Old 01-29-2007, 04:20 PM
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Re: Feather Tether Warning

thanks tracy i was thinking about getting one for Sidney now I saved my money!
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Old 01-30-2007, 11:19 AM
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Re: Feather Tether Warning

Thanks Peta, that looks like a much better design.

Poor Popsicle at least she forgave me for putting that thing on her!!!
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Re: Feather Tether Warning

The other great thing about the aviator is that the leash is elastic, so if the bird does take off they don't get yanked when they reach the end of the leash. The are just pulled gently round to you. I haven't found a bad thing to say about this harness.
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Old 01-30-2007, 02:54 PM
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Re: Feather Tether Warning

does it have any clips or anything a curious beak could pop I mean seriously Sidney's beak is dangerous he can snap stuff really quick!
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Re: Feather Tether Warning

Quote: Originally Posted by birdcrazy View Post
does it have any clips or anything a curious beak could pop I mean seriously Sidney's beak is dangerous he can snap stuff really quick!
No, well not one that he could undo. Hang on I'll take a picture of mine and you can see the only metal clasp on there. I'll get it posted in a little while.
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Re: Feather Tether Warning

Heres the whole thing, you just slip it over the birds head and wings,



And the only buckle is this one, you just pull this to tighten the whole thing up.



As you can see Bucc has tried to open it without any success. If your bird in on the ground the leash will slip round so its on top of the bird, If he's on your arm it will slide round to be underneath him. You don't have to take it off and turn the whole thing round like you do with the most of them. Also the whole harness is very light. I believe Steve is bringing out a flight line so your birds will have a longer flight area, not sure when though.
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Re: Feather Tether Warning

AWSOME!!! that looks really neat
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Re: Feather Tether Warning

This does look great. Can you just purchase the one of the site?
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