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Harness users?

Does anyone have any experience in training a bird for harness use? If like to take Sparkle to work with me but would want her harnessed first.
Any advice and experience welcome

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The trick to harness training is to take it slow. The best harness I've ever found is the Aviator harness, you can take it completly apart so you can get your bird used to it section by section.

After you have your bird used to a normal open harness it would be good to get a bird diaper if you want to take him to the office, that way you don't have to worry about messes The best place to get a birdie diaper is Jungle Wear Birdie Diapers, just google it
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i use the aviator harness on dusty i got him use to seeing then worked on him get close to it and it just laying on him he would get a treat each time he done good and from there on a little at a time i would slowly put it on him and give him a treat each time

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I'm not worried about the messes - she's pooping on command more or less when she's with me. If i don't give the command she gets off me and does her business off my shoulder. I was looking at the Aviator. Will get one from the pet store down the road.
How long did it take to get your birds used to it?

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it really depends on the bird, some take longer than others. Duke has a flight suit, and he hates it, but I still have a long way to go with him. As much as it sounds terrible, if they do pull at it, don't take it off, because they will learn bugging it gets it off of them, best idea, is try distracting them. I usually give duke rewards if I touch him with it, and he doesn't try to bite it.



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I am planning on buying an aviator harness for my new tiel...hope he will wear it!
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it took me about a month to get Dusty in it he likes wearing it because he knows he gets to go outside when he has it on one pic is dusty first time wearing it outside the other is at the beach at a fishing rodeo there were over 500 people there that day
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It's already been said but it all depends on the bird. As for Phoenix, he was very young when I started him in a harness, I think he was 4 or 5 months old. He took to it quickly, he still bites at the full suit now and then but I tell him no and he stops.
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I haven't tried harness training successfully yet, but I will do. I'm considering harness training my black capped lory, Darwin because he loves to meet people! I think he's the only one that would accept it to be honest. When I eventually get my macaw(s) I intend on harness training them to come out. Good luck!

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Daisy came with a harness but I haven't tried it yet so I don't know if she's been trained
with it or not. It would be nice if she was!




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I bought an Aviator harness thinking it would be easy to put on my senegal but he hated it and bit it to shreds, it's harder to put a harness on a senegal than I thought 25 harness down the drain.

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I bought an Aviator harness thinking it would be easy to put on my senegal but he hated it and bit it to shreds, it's harder to put a harness on a senegal than I thought 25 harness down the drain.
Again if you want to try harness training and they bite at it give them a stern no and direct their heads away from the harness, leave them for a few minutes and if they don't bite at it praise them and give a treat. For the first little while you won't be able to leave a bird like this alone with it's harness on because you will loose the harness, as you've already found out
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Again if you want to try harness training and they bite at it give them a stern no and direct their heads away from the harness, leave them for a few minutes and if they don't bite at it praise them and give a treat. For the first little while you won't be able to leave a bird like this alone with it's harness on because you will loose the harness, as you've already found out

Thank you. I will take up this advice if I do decide to put a harness on him again

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Ok, went out and got the aviator harness. Bloody expensive for some string! It came with an instructional video. Sparkle is not afraid of the sight of it and wants to play with it, so a good start. Also, she has two of the three prerequisites for it down packed, the head covered and eyes closed and being pushed off balance. We are going to start working on her letting me handle her wings a bit more. She will let me pull them up, but does not like to have them fully stretched. Once that is done we will try getting more play with the harness. I hope that by summer she will be comfortable in it. She's young enough and curious enough to take to new things so that's a good start!

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Yes defiantly start by handling the wings a lot, I've made sure I can play with Phoenix's wings, beak, tail without him making a fuss.

Once you can do that while playing with the wings do up one wing section of the harness around the wing and keep going from there.
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