Monthly Archives: May 2012

Harness Training Your Parrot

Harness Training your Parrot

Harness Training your Parrot

When we brought our first large parrot into our lives 20 years ago, Marshmellow our Umbrella Cockatoo, we tried to harness train her but she never liked it……this does not mean that harnesses are not good.  They  are a great idea for those that want to take their bird outside without fear of losing them.

Harness training your parrot offers a host of benefits. It can open up new doors for you and your bird to share a variety of experiences outside the four walls of your home. Here are just a few of the benefits of harness training:

It enables your Feathered Friend to enjoy the fresh air. We all know that parrots frighten easily. A sudden movement or sound can cause them to flee. For this reason, many parrot owners don’t allow their bird outside.  A harness can keep your bird safe while they explore the great outdoors.

It allows you and your bird to enjoy a variety of activities together. Want to get your feathered friend out of the house? Thinking about joining your neighbor for a picnic? A harness will enable you to take your bird along. You can let your parrot enjoy a variety of summer social activities without the fear of him escaping.

Patience, Patience, Patience

Harness training your bird may not be as simple as you think. While teaching your bird to step on and off his bird stand, or how to pick up their bird toys can be relatively simple, harness training is another story. You will need to invest a tremendous amount of time and patience to help your bird master this technique. The most important thing is to go at your bird’s pace. If it takes 9 months for your bird to get comfortable with the harness, allow for that time.

Here are a few simple tips for getting started:

  • Allow your parrot to select his favorite color. Be sure to use a harness that your bird is comfortable with. Letting your parrot choose the color for his harness may be a fun way to start the training.
  • Help your parrot get use to the harness slowly. The first step is to help your bird get use to seeing the harness. As they are playing with their bird toys, lay the harness on the floor nearby and let him look at it.  Next, help your parrot get use to the sound of the harness. Bird harnesses have several buckles and straps.  Thirdly, help your parrot get use to the feel of the harness. As you are playing with your bird, let the harness brush up against him. Help him understand it is nothing to be afraid of. Finally, when it comes time to help your parrot wear the harness, move slowly. At first, your bird may only tolerate wearing it for 30 seconds. Always reward your parrot for his efforts using positive reinforcement.

Over time and with lots of patience, your parrot can be well-trained on how to wear a harness. This will enable you to take summer walks together and enjoy family picnics outside. Good luck!!!  Don’t give up hope.  I have recently started harness training with our birds again.  It has been a slow process thus far.

Ann
FunTime Birdy

 

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Kacy the Black Capped Conure Enjoys her Wading Pool

Kacy the Black Capped just loves her bath…….Now that’s one clean bird!!!

Ann
FunTme Birdy

Our African Grey Jerry’s 16th Birdthday Party

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Jerry, our African Grey just celebrated his 16th birthday.  The party was attended by his entire flock of brothers and sisters…..Marshmellow (Umbrella Cockatoo), Buddy (Severe Macaw), Kiwi (DYH Amazon), and Snowy (Parakeet).  Jerry had a great time and is enjoying his new bird toy as you can see by the pics.

Happy Birthday Jerry!!!!!

Love

Mom and Dad
FunTime Birdy

Puzzle Shapes Bird Toy Starring Kona the Macaw

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Check out Kona the Blue and Gold Macaw as he tries out his new Puzzle Shapes Bird Toy.  Looks like he already is getting the hang of it.  Go Kona!!!!

Ann
FunTime Birdy

Disco the Amazing Talking Parakeet

This little Parakeet named ‘Disco” is one amazing talking Parakeet.   He takes a while to get going but once he does…..he doesn’t stop.  His voice is so amazing…..I love his Flintstones theme song (LOL)

Ann
FunTime Birdy

Lost Parakeet Tells Police Where He Lives

This is an amazing story out of Japan involving a lost Parakeet and how he was able to tell local police is “home” address.  The article on this story is not that detailed but tells how this little Parakeet was taught to learn his address just in case he got lost.  Click on link below for full article.

Lost Parakeet Tells Police Where He Lives

Ann
FunTime Birdy