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Old 04-11-2012, 11:05 AM
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Training Free Flight

Okay, so Erin is doing much better! Less nippy- if she does bite I tell her Naughty Naughty and giver her beak a playful shake. She climbs to me if scared (dogs, and for some reason, the husband, being cold, etc). So I know she trusts me. She does love her cage more than me. I am teaching her to fly and have the aviator harness. I am not sure I am doing it well, so please give me some advice, but don't tear into me please

Here's what I have been doing:
Flappies- tons of flappies. She even does these in her cage by herself.
Then i take her to the backyard (my house is to small for practice) and let her walk around for a few minutes to get used to it again.
I take her out for this about 3-4 times a week at least.
She doesn't really care to explore. She walks 2-3 steps and starts eating ants (Goodness, I have the weird child) or she just stares or climbs up something if it is near- she loves to climb.
After a while of that I pick her up and slowly and gently (not thursting my arm in the air or shaking or throwing her- that just screams to be bitten) I raise my arm up and down 3 times and by the third time she flies a good 10 feet about 5 feet in the air.
We only practice this about 6-8 times. She is getting farther distances and is pretty good at landing but sometimes she lands gracefully and then leans forward and uses her beak to help herself. She is pretty good and graceful about it. She is good with not running into anything and prefers to land in the grass, so that's not much of a problem.
She won't fly higher than 5 feet, but we have only been doing this for about two weeks.
I did use an aviator but she seems to like to pick at it or eat the rope,so I just let her go with out. I know this is dangerous, but there is always a risk a bird can escape. She doesn't move more than 3 steps form where she lands, so I'm not too worried, plus are trees are no more than maybe 50-60 feet so that's nothing our ladders cant get us to.
Anyway, I want to teach her to fly on command instead of having to prep her with the 1,2,3 arm raises. I also want to teach her to fly back and to land on something or some one other than grass. Any suggestions?
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Old 04-19-2012, 01:16 PM
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Re: Training Free Flight

Help somebody please?
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Old 04-19-2012, 01:31 PM
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Re: Training Free Flight

Free flight is way too scary for me. There used to be a free flight group on Yahoo, which I joined when I thought that the idea of free flight sounded really romantic, but then over time, people who were really into free flight posted stories of how their birds suffered various horrible mishaps, including one bird who had a lot of free flight experience in Saudi Arabia (every weekend for more than a year, I think), suddenly for no reason getting lost one time and not returning, and I had bad dreams of that bird flying around and around without any sense of direction, no familiar landmarks to guide her, just expanse after expanse of sky and sand, getting tired under the glare of the Arabian sun, wings starting to get tired, now feeling thirsty, finally landing on the sand and feet starting to sink in, flapping wings and kicking feet, trying to fly or walk, but each attempt at moving the feet getting herself deeper and deeper into the soft sand, sand now flying everywhere, sand getting into mouth and nostrils and eyes, throat dry and rasped, tired, sinking, last squawk for help, disappearing under the sand, buried alive, flesh dessicating, feathers falling off, finally mummified...
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Old 04-19-2012, 01:36 PM
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Re: Training Free Flight

Free flight should only be attempted under the super vision of a trained professional for safety reasons. Birdtricks.com has a free flight course, it cost $5,000 and takes around 3 months, After I'm out of college I want to take their course

This is a video of their birds free flying, as well as some of their students for a upcoming DVD they are going to release
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Old 04-19-2012, 01:37 PM
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That's quite scary and bit morbid...
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Old 04-19-2012, 06:16 PM
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Re: Training Free Flight

hi MaraWentz, I do free flight my umbrella cockatoo, going on two years now. I recommend not forcing your bird to take off, especially while just getting use to leaving you. Be patient, let her leave at will. Call to her and let her know where you are at all times while she is out and about.
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Old 04-19-2012, 06:26 PM
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Re: Training Free Flight

It took some time before he would come when I called, like a year. He's always known where home was but as far as coming to my call, that took some time. We are now attached at the hip, so to speak. We go on walks, he flies, follows me everywhere and comes home when I call.
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Old 04-19-2012, 06:53 PM
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Re: Training Free Flight

enjru just resding your post gyves me the creeps I want sweetie pie in thr house where i know she is safe and their is no hawk hot on her tail. Alison and sweetye pie
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Old 04-19-2012, 07:07 PM
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Re: Training Free Flight

I would never free flight a bird smaller than Amigo, he's as large as the red-tail hawks in our area. He's also aggressive when it comes to his territory, so far, so good at backing them off. The ravens also don't like hawks and move them off.
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Old 04-20-2012, 11:01 AM
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Re: Training Free Flight

how did you get him to come to you? My bird doesn't care for my existance unless its to be given a treat or pet. She steps up, but i cant "call" her to me. There isn't enough pine nuts in the world for that.
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