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Old 02-12-2011, 01:18 PM
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Aviator Harness on GCC

So I bought an aviator harness for Jonah thinking it would be good to get him used to it while he's young. I approached him with it just as the DVD said and even got him to stick his head through the hole. The problem....as soon as he got his head through and I was fixing the rest of the harness he was going crazy. After I got it completely on him, he looked so miserable.

I did as the DVD said and took him outside so he wouldn't be thinking about the harness being on him. Well, all he did was chew the harness. It is almost destroyed already. Does anyone have any thoughts on how to get him to be comfortable in it? The guy in the DVD used a Macaw (which I think was a cop-out) since my GCC is much smaller and quicker than the macaw.

I'm really disheartened and am thinking about pulling the plug on the harness idea.
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Old 02-12-2011, 04:02 PM
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Re: Aviator Harness on GCC

im getting the same on for my macaw havent used it before either
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Old 02-12-2011, 04:29 PM
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Re: Aviator Harness on GCC

I keep wanting to get them for our birdies, but I keep hesitating. I'm a little newvous because of the winged predators we have in our area.
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Old 02-12-2011, 04:46 PM
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Re: Aviator Harness on GCC

If you have no other choice. Then just clip his wings. I don't like to but I still do with some of my birds cause they can't be handled unless they're clipped....
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Old 02-12-2011, 05:29 PM
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Re: Aviator Harness on GCC

u should prob just put it on ur bird for like few mintues atime still he gets used to it on dwn the line. but trying one on for first time its going to wander whats going on
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Old 02-12-2011, 05:41 PM
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Re: Aviator Harness on GCC

i tried one on angel, she freaked out and now everytime she see's it flys on top of her cage and wont come off til i put the harness away
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Old 02-12-2011, 06:34 PM
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Re: Aviator Harness on GCC

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i tried one on angel, she freaked out and now everytime she see's it flys on top of her cage and wont come off til i put the harness away
Haha! I think my macaw would do the samething. He hates going outside so I don't even bother with harness. He freaks out everytime we go outside. Then he tuck his head under my chin to hide.
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Old 02-12-2011, 07:12 PM
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Re: Aviator Harness on GCC

Well I tried again and it was another struggle to get him in it (because he's so small), but after that we went outside. He mostly tried to bite the harness/get out of it but he did enjoy the new sights I believe. I'll keep working with him and hopefully he'll get to where he doesn't even know he has it on!

Predators scare me as well. I have to constantly monitor the skies and the harness so he doesn't get out. His wings are clipped right now but I still wouldn't risk taking him outside without a harness.
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Re: Aviator Harness on GCC

Do you have any updates with you GCC and the harness? Please let me know I want to get one for my GCC...
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Old 02-17-2011, 07:19 AM
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Re: Aviator Harness on GCC

Yeah, I think I'm not going to use it anymore. Jonah hates it so much and it really stresses him out. I just don't think they were intended for smaller birds. The material is so bulky and all he concentrates on is getting out of it. Even if he got to the point of wearing it without biting it, he would still have problems stepping up and moving in general. Just to show you how much he hates it...he doesn't even acknowledge his favorite treat when he has that harness on.

I don't think I rushed it because he willingly put his head through a lot before I fully put it on. It was when I got it on him that made him freak out and hate it. I think its good to try out, but don't expect the bird to accept it.
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