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so I plan to be taking Russ out a lot this spring/ summer on his aviator harness and he might go camping so I was thinking I'd clip his wings for the summer as a safety precaution. The only thing is I feel extremely guilty about it he was just a year in march but he's never had clipped wings and hes used to just following me around the house by flight I just dont know what hed do if I suddenly took most of that away from him plus Im not sure when hell have his next moult so it could be awhile since he doesnt seem to moult as much as my other birds. i used to clip my budgies wings and they just seem so love to fly so much since I let them grow , I just dont know I mean sure hell adapt hes not a human alimals are more resilant its just I feel like Id be taking something away from him, but hes also starting to get into his teenage phaze and it might be nice to have him clipped for that since hes learning he can just fly away whenever he wants if he thinks Im gonna scold him. Hmmmmm whats your guys thoughts?
 

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I was under the impression that particular harness is safe for flighted birds. Is that correct? What type of training is required for that harness when it comes to flighted birds, if that is correct?
 

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Yeah if the harness is good enough then you shouldn't have to worry about him getting out of it!
 

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ohh he's all used to it he doesnt seem to mind it, I guess Im just overly cautios after what happened with Bianca. You know thats true maybe I should do some flight training with him just get him used to flying in more open spaces and coming back to me I know you can get a huge flight line Im not sure about how to go about the training though I mean he already knows to fly to my shoulder when I say Im leaving, so I guess work on that with treats and go for a larger and larger distance. How do you do it with your birds of prey Daisy?
 

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With the birds of prey I go through a process called manning which is where we have the bird get used to the equipment being on their legs and get them used to sitting and eating on our fists. Then we move on to creance training which is basically the same as a training line for parrots. To get them to fly to us we have to drop their weight and body fat. It's easier to do it with birds of prey as large as mine though because you don't have to drop the weight by much. To get them to fly to us we use food, nothing else, no affection what so ever. Usually I use small bits of diced beef or chick legs. I often finish off by feeding up, which is where I give them their food for the rest of the day (usually a day old cockrel). But the key is to make sure they're hungry first, otherwise they'll just sit in a tree all day long. Chalkie took me a week to train from never been handled to flying free with no line. Axel however was SO bad she had to remain on her training line! Such a pain :lol:
 

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oh wow thats amazing it must be pretty scary to take them off the line for the first time I cant imagine, well ill try that do you use a word command when you get them to come if you do when do you use it.

Btw I love the new siggy whered you get it?
 

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I either shout the birds name or whistle! If they're far away I tend to look really silly screaming at them! With the owls and things I usually have to stand there like 30 mins before I even get a glance :lol: some birds just see the hand signal and dive right over, with the falcons we have to shout HO (don't know why...) so that the falcon knows when to stoop :shrug: Taking Chalkie off the line for the first time was so much fun, they really know that it isn't there any more and give you really dramatic flights, and they like to scare you too!

And my siggy is from this person off the avian avenue forum :biggrin5: I really like it! Thanks!
 

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Jessie,
The one thing I would be concerned about when taking Russ outside is hawks and other birds of prey. Do you have birds of prey near you that might decide he would be a great lunch?
 

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I didn't think of that! Be very careful, You never know when they're coming. Very silent!
 
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