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My parrots regularly fly towards strangers

Postby Darko » Thu Jan 04, 2018 7:14 pm

Hi everyone, I hand raised two male peach faced lovebirds and they are fully flighted. I let them every day outside, while I ride my bicycle they fly next to me or land on my shoulder. Both of them are amazing fliers and hawks and crows try to catch them sometime, but they know to manoeuvre very well and always manage to out fly them and come back to me for protection. But I have a big problem my parrots land on strangers regularly, and if they don't know that is my parrot they try to catch it and take it away. The second problem that I have with my parrots is that they are too curious and sometime when I ride bike my parrots will take off and enter someone's apartment, if window is open. And people will close window , usually because they think that is escaped parrot. So I have to enter a building find the apartment and retrieve my bird. Please help me how to teach them not to land on strangers and not to enter other people home?
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Re: My parrots regularly fly towards strangers

Postby Michael » Thu Jan 04, 2018 9:30 pm

You can't. This is why you will always have problems doing things and eventually you won't be so lucky. Unfortunately it is not possible to have parrots be loyal and reliable like dogs. Be careful.
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Re: My parrots regularly fly towards strangers

Postby Darko » Thu Jan 04, 2018 10:35 pm

Hi Michael, For two years already I let them to fly free every day at least 2 hours, sometimes we stay outside all day and 85 % of the time they are perfect. I ride bicycle and they follow me and fly next to me or rest on my shoulder while we go through the city or the park or ride next to the river. Often they fly off to chase other birds or other birds ; chase them and when they get tired they come back or when I whistle they come. But sometimes they enter someone's else flat or land on someone who is 100 meters away so I have to rush over there and let them know that is my bird and ask them to let it go. Is so stressful. Thank you for your answer I will just free fly them in a park or when I go outside city in nature I guess this way of free flight that I was practicing is to risky
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Re: My parrots regularly fly towards strangers

Postby Pajarita » Fri Jan 05, 2018 11:35 am

I already replied to the same question on the other posting but, my dear, you can't free fly lovebirds, period. It doesn't matter if it's in a park or on a street, it cannot be done forever successfully. Your birds are only now becoming adults [and that's the ONLY reason why you've been able to do this until now] and they will fly away to find a mate soon. You will lose them.
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Re: My parrots regularly fly towards strangers

Postby Darko » Fri Jan 05, 2018 5:54 pm

Hi, thank you for your advice and reply.My parrots are 2 years old now. I think that they are mature lovebirds now. My lovebirds are hand raised and totally imprinted on humans. My parrots think that I am their partner, and they are strongly attached to me. I don't think that my parrots will fly away ever. They have an incredible recall response and they almost always come back when I whistle. Yes, I had plenty of dangerous situations where I almost lost them because they enter someone's flat or landed on stranger (far away from me) But I take them almost every day outside and they have bean chase by dogs, common kestrel, crows, flock of rook and flock of swallows and despite all events they are still here with me. I don't think that I would have better results with the bigger species of parrots. But I will probably buy Eclectus parrots and practice with him everything what I learnd training my lovebirds. Looking forward to apply my training and would love to teach him to fly with me when I fly with my paraglider because I don't think that lovebirds are smart enough to do that, but I hope that Eclectus will be able to do that because it was already been done with hawks and they call it parahawking.
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