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Harness Training

Postby sofiacb » Thu Feb 16, 2017 8:04 pm

Hi!

A few days ago I took my birds to the vet for a check up and I realized how much they love being outside, so I have decided to train them to get used to a harness.(although one of them is blind and just flies when she gets really excited)


I have a few questions about the use of the harness though:

- Does my lovebird need to be flight trained to use it?

- If a parrot just decides to start flying won't the harness hurt them?

- And finally, is it safe to take my two lovebirds out at the same time after they are trained?

Sorry if these questions are too simple but I'm just starting training my parrots... :roll:

Thank you for your attention,
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Re: Harness Training

Postby Michael » Thu Feb 16, 2017 8:34 pm

Don't do harness on lovebirds. As much as I love using the harness and taking birds outside, lovebirds are just too small. You can easily take a small cage or carrier and take them places with you while securely put away. Lovebirds in a harness are like a child in adult clothes. It's just not a good idea.
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Re: Harness Training

Postby ParrotsForLife » Fri Feb 17, 2017 3:25 am

Actually theres a New Size made for Lovebirds
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Re: Harness Training

Postby Michael » Fri Feb 17, 2017 9:15 am

I know there is, I sell it. But it really isn't all that suitable. You'd have to see it to understand.
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Re: Harness Training

Postby sofiacb » Fri Feb 17, 2017 10:00 am

Michael wrote:I know there is, I sell it. But it really isn't all that suitable. You'd have to see it to understand.


That's too bad, I was really looking foward to teaching them to use a harness, but if you think it's better to take them outside in a small cage, I'll do that.
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Re: Harness Training

Postby Michael » Fri Feb 17, 2017 10:56 am

Personally, I would not harness anything smaller than a Cockatiel.
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Re: Harness Training

Postby sofiacb » Fri Feb 17, 2017 11:30 am

Ok, thank you so much for the help! :D
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Re: Harness Training

Postby ParrotsForLife » Fri Feb 17, 2017 12:05 pm

Michael wrote:Personally, I would not harness anything smaller than a Cockatiel.

Mango is smaller than a Cockatiel and uses the X-small but with a Lovebird I could see how it might be difficult if they start flying since they are so small.
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Re: Harness Training

Postby Pajarita » Fri Feb 17, 2017 12:18 pm

I wouldn't put a harness on any of the small aviary species. There is no benefit to them - only stress and discomfort.
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Re: Harness Training

Postby ParrotsForLife » Fri Feb 17, 2017 12:58 pm

Pajarita wrote:I wouldn't put a harness on any of the small aviary species. There is no benefit to them - only stress and discomfort.

No bird would be stressed if they trusted you and were harness trained, My tiels love going out which are small aviary species.
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