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Re: How Much Out of Cage Time?

Postby liz » Sun May 28, 2017 5:42 am

stevesjk wrote:He will fly one day and you will lose him, guaranteed.


I used to work at a farm store. One of the customers always came with a parrot on her shoulder. She had been doing it for many years. She said he won't fly away. But he caught a strong wind and did and she could not get him back.
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Re: How Much Out of Cage Time?

Postby Trick or 'Tiel » Sun May 28, 2017 4:30 pm

A parrot should only ever be taken outside in a harness or carrier, or if the parrot was professionally trained for freeflight. Everyone is telling you that you will lose your bird someday because they are correct. All you need to do is get a harness and train him to wear it and then you can take your bird outside with no worries.
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Re: How Much Out of Cage Time?

Postby Pajarita » Mon May 29, 2017 10:13 am

Hmmm, I would not say that professionally trained birds are OK with free flight... too many of them have been lost to their 'professional' trainers.
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Re: How Much Out of Cage Time?

Postby triplepi » Wed Jun 17, 2020 3:28 pm

Guys, this is legit,

This article feels spot on in my opinion. I wish I had read it earlier.
Long story short, I was tasked to rescue a hand-raised lovebird from a neglecting family.
(You shoulda seen the mountain of crap inside the cage she was in 24/24h, 7/7d)
It took 6 months, but I finally gained the trust of the little creature.

Thankfully, she is now very friendly, if only reluctant to cuddling which is a stark contrast to her behavior from the start of our relationship. (Biting and being territorial)

So, all the learning and I did during that time amounted to this : understanding hormones and acceptable activities, better understanding and respecting her limits, having her out of cage as often as possible and giving her lots of attention to reward pleasant behaviors.

All in all, this is reflected in the text you wrote. I am certain any bird owner should follow these guidelines, especially if one has such a little pest as I did. Training this bird was an enriching hardship I would absolutely go through again if it's to see another bird find a piece of happiness and confort.

Thank you, peace
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Re: How Much Out of Cage Time?

Postby Pajarita » Thu Jun 18, 2020 9:18 am

Welcome to the forum, Triplepi, and thank you so much for rescuing this little girl. But, my dear, lovebirds are INTENSELY pair-oriented and they need the company of a mate to be happy. If you have ever seen a bonded male/female pair of lovebirds you will understand that a human can never, ever provide the kind of attention they need. It's impossible. In Spanish, French, Italian and Portuguese, they are called 'inseparables' and they are! They spend their entire life together - never been more than a few inches away from each other... they even sleep leaning against each other. And they need this 24/7/365 love and attention to thrive. This doesn't mean that she will forget you or stop loving you - she won't. I had one that was given up because of aggression (she was just overly hormonal and very lonely) and she ended up getting two mates while she was with me (her first mate was an old, liver-damage male who died) and, even when she was sitting on eggs (plastic ones, of course), she would come out of her nest as soon as I walked into the room to fly to my shoulder, kiss me and spend time with me (her name was Matilda because she was an Australian cinnamon but my grandkids called her 'the Princess Bird' because they said she had 'privileges' that the other birds did not :D ). PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE consider getting her a mate.
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