24 Aug How To Take Your Parrot Outside Safely
Reposted, because there is a “cute” video circulating FB showing Macaws and other birds free flying, the video suggests that only those birds that are given free flight are happy.
Unless your parrot is wearing a specially designed harness or is inside a parrot carrier, it is foolish to take him outdoors for the following reasons:
***Parrots were designed by nature to fly. This ability gives them the opportunity to increase distance between them and something that they fear. When startled, parrots will fly away until they have the chance to assess the possibility of danger. Regardless of how strong the bond is between you and your parrot, if he is startled, he will fly. This is his instinct – a hard-wired response in his brain.
***Outdoors, parrots may fly great distances- up to 5km away from their home or fly on top of tall buildings or trees, when startled, thus making it difficult for caregivers to locate and retrieve them. More often than not, a parrot who flies away from his owner outdoors will die from exposure or starvation before he is found. Parrots raised in captivity cannot care for themselves in the wild.
***Parrots are prey for neighbouring hawks, Birds of Prey, and cats. Birds of Prey have been reported as having carried small dogs, macaws, and Greys away.
*** Preparing a parrot for free flight takes a great deal of knowledge and skill and not every parrot is suitable for this type of training. Most caregivers will simply not have the knowledge to be able to do this.
***Clipped birds can and do fly, when startled! They can fly well enough to escape you, but not a predator.
! Free flight training will not work if the parrot becomes fearful or startled, nor will it prevent the parrot from being snatched by a Bird of Prey.
Warning: this video shows how quickly a Bird of Prey will attack a parrot outside.
SO HOW TO TAKE YOUR PARROT OUTSIDE SAFELY?
***Do not use a leg chain. Such chains were developed for use with large Birds of Prey such as eagles, owls, and other raptors, who have stronger and far more muscular legs than parrots. A parrot wearing a leg chain, if spooked, could easily dislocate, break, or even lose a leg.
***Do use a harness use a harness or flight suit with a leash, which can be attached to the caregiver’s wrist and tightened.
The Aviator Harness The Aviator Harness is one of the best; and, if introduced properly, it will bring you and the parrot much joy at being able to take journeys outside of the home together.
This video link explains how to teach the parrot to accept the harness, and a DVD of instructions is supplied with the harness.
***Do consider the use of an outdoor cage, which can be securely locked so that your parrot may enjoy playing safely in the sunshine. Please always supervise the parrot, even when inside a cage as Birds of Prey or neighbouring cats can still attack your parrot causing injury, or even traumatize your parrot. Healing your parrot after such a trauma is very difficult and sometimes not possible.
Outdoors in an outdoor cage can be very beneficial, but the use of caution is imperative!
Photo credit The Legend that is Boo.