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Harness time!

Finally got my birthday bird package from my parents in the mail today! Had bird treats, toys, pinatas, a shower perch and an aviator harness! My cockatiels are the furthest thing from comfortable with wing/head touching, even Bird, so its out of the question for them.

I managed to find another willing partcipant! Its hot as holy heck outside and has been for about a week, in the 90s, especially sucks with all the fires going across the county so being out in the fresh air feels great. I had made a harness out of string that I had been working with Reptar on the past few weeks and he always took it well so I wasn't too worried about this harness.

The head hole is so small! The rest of the harness fits perfectly, but I feel like I have to draaag the thing over his head which he isn't a fan of so much. Still a successful first trip outside, kept it short so he doesn't get too sick of the harness out of the gate. But he wasn't even really picking at it, so I think he's already learning to ignore it. Happy day!








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He is so gorgeous! Looks like he was enjoying his time outside and he seems to not mind the harness. Great job!



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That's great. Getting him used to going outside when he's young is awesome.

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Good job!

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I took him outside again a few minutes ago now that its cooler. A crow flying over head freaked him out a bit, but he calmed right down again.

Aha, its in the mid-80s right now with the heat! Welcome over any time.



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He does look as if he is enjoying the sun - and it's so very healthy for them! But, please, please, make sure the harness is the right size for him. There was a GCC in another birdsite that ended up with a 'red spot' that scabbed over on his belly from the harness. Birds don't have feathers all over their bodies (well, with the exception of penguins, ratites and one other type that I forget now), they grow in 'rows' and in only certain areas and, apparently, when the harness is not the right size, it pushes the contour feathers out of the way and ends rubbing against their skin.
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cool! i wish i had a bird big enough for a harness i can see a lot of upcoming adventures for you and your fid

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cool! i wish i had a bird big enough for a harness i can see a lot of upcoming adventures for you and your fid

I don't see why you can't use one now? You can always use an avian flighsuit AKA bird diaper, with a leashette. BANG!! Harness! They have budgie sizes .


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I would be afraid if them escaping. And they didn't like being handled, so they would be would unhappy. They are fine with flying in my room

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Shelly,

Have you tried a small travel cage? Small birds are easier to take out in a small cage where they can still get some fresh air and light and not slip out of a harness. That's the best use for those "budgie" cages they sell in petstores (since they are much too small for the budgie to live in)

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He does look as if he is enjoying the sun - and it's so very healthy for them! But, please, please, make sure the harness is the right size for him. There was a GCC in another birdsite that ended up with a 'red spot' that scabbed over on his belly from the harness. Birds don't have feathers all over their bodies (well, with the exception of penguins, ratites and one other type that I forget now), they grow in 'rows' and in only certain areas and, apparently, when the harness is not the right size, it pushes the contour feathers out of the way and ends rubbing against their skin.
Oh no, definitely. I can understand how a fitting harness is incredibly important. I just meant more than the neckhole is tight but once its over his head, theres plenty of moving room to it and isn't tight against his neck in any way. The rest of the harness fits him well, and he doesn't fight against it or try to get out of it, so its not as tight to his body as most people put it either. He can't get out of it regardless, he's had some full flight panics when things fly overhead and the harness hasn't come lose from where it should be on him, and there still movable room under the harness as well. I didn't know there were potential problems like that with the harness though, so I appreciate the info! It'll be a good thing to keep an eye on in the future for trips outside.



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He's gorgeous! Looks like he's having fun

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