personally, there's too much risk. cars, predators... thing with most birds of prey, theyre at the top of the food chain, parrots are not, so many things will snatch a free flying parrot if they wanted. not worth the risk too much. and if your bird did get lost, a lot of people dont get their birds back... just too much danger for me.... many birds of prey such as peregrines and goshawks and even cooper's hawks will take birds bigger than them. a peregrine, particularly powerful females, can take a big as big as ducks and pheasants, and so can northern goshawk, so even a larger parrot would find its way on the dinner menu. and all these species are surprise and ambush predators, and often you wont see them until last minute. too scary for me. if dally comes outside, she is kept real close on her harness and leash
That's true, not saying I wouldn't be super paranoid about my bird becoming prey to a hawk or something but the joy of seeing them fly I think would balance out the fear.
That video was awsome! They definitely looked very happy!
I plan on using a harness and leash with my baby CAG. I would never risk him/her to free flight. But to each his/her own. I would never judge someone that would choose to do it.
Originally Posted by ParrotletsRock
I don't judge , but myself would NEVER free fly a parrot... I am to paranoid about losing them as it is. I freak out if any one even opens a door!!
That's true, I'm always paranoid about doors opening and such. I would also use a harness on smaller birds but if you had a really good bond with a larger bird that you knew wouldn't take off on you I think it'd be great!
I wouldn't use any of my birds though, they too small and they get spooked too easily, no good for free flight.
Definitely wouldn't let a bird smaller than a Grey free fly. It'd still be good to recall train smaller birds though incase they DO get out.
Kayla, I am planning to fly my macaw when I get it. However, falconry training is different! The birds only goal is to kill, hence lures etc. what I would do is try to get them jumping to you indoors, and flying across rooms to you, then giving it a shot outside on a harness. Luckily for me the only birds of prey we have can't do much damage to a macaw. I would love to do mine free flight but I don't think I'd do it without it wearing telemetry on its tail. Free flying raptors is more predictable in most cases. Even flying those can be dangerous. I was out hawking with a close friend and his male Harris' got on the soar. He was killed by a flock of gulls mobbing him!!!!!
That would be fantastic.
Oh, and I know the training for a raptor is difference. Just the basics such as flying to you and jumping up and such made me think of parrots! I think free-flying a parrot as long as they are up for it would be just as good. If the bird is bonded to you and is good with recall training you shouldn't have a problem losing it unless it gets blown away if you had taken it out in winds it couldn't handle.
If you do free-fly your Macaw I would love, love, love to see videos!
Free flying a Grey would be really cool! Sure, every activity has its dangers but I'm sure you would be really careful
It's a good idea to start indoors and build such a strong bond that s/he would fly to you for comfort
I've flight trained Diego, but would NEVER take him outside, he's way to small and a easy target
I take him out in his travel cage in the summer
I think it would be wonderful! I love watching the videos that Jameleigh and Dave post on their blog of their Grey, Macaws, and Galahs free-flying. They look so happy!
Originally Posted by sinistersquish
Eventually i know daisy will want to get her soon to be macaws to free fly but im too am scared of something happening but then agaiin there are dangers in everything in having them flighted in the house. So i guess its a risk you have to take if you want to do it so bad, i wouldnt judge anybody for trying though
Exactly, even having flighted birds in the house is dangerous at times. They could be perched on a door that you didn't notice and you close the door on them, the kitchen has tons of dangers, other pets, cords they could get tangled in, etc, etc, etc. It's all about supervision and knowing your bird!