Nov 10, 2019

Take Your Pet Bird Outside

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#* The size of the harness can be adjusted slightly using the straps.  
 
#* The size of the harness can be adjusted slightly using the straps.  
 
#* If you are unsure about what size harness your bird needs, ask a sales representative in a pet supply store. They will help you to pick the right size for your bird.
 
#* If you are unsure about what size harness your bird needs, ask a sales representative in a pet supply store. They will help you to pick the right size for your bird.
#Get your bird comfortable with [[Train Your Bird|being handled]]. Use treats and affection to help gain your bird’s trust. Practice picking up your bird and touching its head, back, and wings. Your bird needs to be comfortable being handled to be able to accept the harness.<ref>https://youtu.be/P6PlfAGTohc?t=9</ref>[[Image:Take Your Pet Bird Outside Step 2 Version 2.jpg|center]]
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#Get your bird comfortable with [[Train Your Bird|being handled]]. Use treats and affection to help gain your bird's trust. Practice picking up your bird and touching its head, back, and wings. Your bird needs to be comfortable being handled to be able to accept the harness.<ref>https://youtu.be/P6PlfAGTohc?t=9</ref>[[Image:Take Your Pet Bird Outside Step 2 Version 2.jpg|center]]
#* When you are training your bird for handling, be as slow and gentle as possible. Work in short sessions of 10-15 minutes, once or twice per day.<ref>https://ift.tt/2NA8Kx2>
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#* When you are training your bird for handling, be as slow and gentle as possible. Work in short sessions of 10–15 minutes, once or twice per day.<ref>https://ift.tt/2NA8Kx2>
 
#Let the bird inspect the harness to get used to it. Place the harness next to your bird to help your bird feel comfortable around the new object. Give your bird enough time to look at, approach, and touch the harness. Use treats to reward your bird for being confident and not afraid of the harness.<ref>https://youtu.be/P6PlfAGTohc?t=21</ref>[[Image:Take Your Pet Bird Outside Step 3 Version 2.jpg|center]]
 
#Let the bird inspect the harness to get used to it. Place the harness next to your bird to help your bird feel comfortable around the new object. Give your bird enough time to look at, approach, and touch the harness. Use treats to reward your bird for being confident and not afraid of the harness.<ref>https://youtu.be/P6PlfAGTohc?t=21</ref>[[Image:Take Your Pet Bird Outside Step 3 Version 2.jpg|center]]
 
#* Watch your bird carefully as it inspects the harness. This is because some birds like to chew on harnesses, which can ruin them.  
 
#* Watch your bird carefully as it inspects the harness. This is because some birds like to chew on harnesses, which can ruin them.  
#Teach your bird to put its head through the harness. Once your bird is comfortable being around the harness, slowly guide your bird’s head through the head component using a treat. When the bird’s head is in the harness, give it the treat and remove the harness while it is eating. Practice this action until your bird is confident putting its head through the harness.<ref>https://youtu.be/P6PlfAGTohc?t=24</ref>[[Image:Take Your Pet Bird Outside Step 4 Version 2.jpg|center]]
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#Teach your bird to put its head through the harness. Once your bird is comfortable being around the harness, slowly guide your bird's head through the head component using a treat. When the bird's head is in the harness, give it the treat and remove the harness while it is eating. Practice this action until your bird is confident putting its head through the harness.<ref>https://youtu.be/P6PlfAGTohc?t=24</ref>[[Image:Take Your Pet Bird Outside Step 4 Version 2.jpg|center]]
 
#* Once your bird is comfortable having its head in the harness, keep the harness over its head while it eats the treat. This helps your bird to get used to the feeling of the harness around its head and it creates a positive association.  
 
#* Once your bird is comfortable having its head in the harness, keep the harness over its head while it eats the treat. This helps your bird to get used to the feeling of the harness around its head and it creates a positive association.  
 
#* Harness training your bird is about teaching it to volunteer putting itself into the harness. This helps your bird to feel confident and willing to be in the harness. Never force your bird into the harness as this creates a negative association and your bird will be reluctant or scared to wear the harness in the future.<ref>https://ift.tt/2Kzbf0V>
 
#* Harness training your bird is about teaching it to volunteer putting itself into the harness. This helps your bird to feel confident and willing to be in the harness. Never force your bird into the harness as this creates a negative association and your bird will be reluctant or scared to wear the harness in the future.<ref>https://ift.tt/2Kzbf0V>
#Fit the harness over your bird’s wings and gently tighten the straps. Once your bird is comfortable wearing the harness over its head, gently lift each wing through the wing straps. Give your bird more affection and another treat after it lets you put each wing into the harness. Adjust each strap so that it feels snug, but not overly tight, against your bird’s body.<ref>https://youtu.be/P6PlfAGTohc?t=95</ref>[[Image:Take Your Pet Bird Outside Step 5 Version 2.jpg|center]]
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#Fit the harness over your bird's wings and gently tighten the straps. Once your bird is comfortable wearing the harness over its head, gently lift each wing through the wing straps. Give your bird more affection and another treat after it lets you put each wing into the harness. Adjust each strap so that it feels snug, but not overly tight, against your bird's body.<ref>https://youtu.be/P6PlfAGTohc?t=95</ref>[[Image:Take Your Pet Bird Outside Step 5 Version 2.jpg|center]]
 
#* Bird harnesses have 3 main parts. The head component is the smaller gap at the front of the harness. The wing component includes the straps that go around each wing. The wing component is separated into 2 sides, one for each wing, with a small strap that sits flat against your bird's chest. This is where the leash connects to the harness.
 
#* Bird harnesses have 3 main parts. The head component is the smaller gap at the front of the harness. The wing component includes the straps that go around each wing. The wing component is separated into 2 sides, one for each wing, with a small strap that sits flat against your bird's chest. This is where the leash connects to the harness.
 
#* Practice putting the harness on in short sessions over a few weeks. Never rush your bird and only work at a pace that your bird is comfortable with.  
 
#* Practice putting the harness on in short sessions over a few weeks. Never rush your bird and only work at a pace that your bird is comfortable with.  
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===Using a Cage or Carrier===
 
===Using a Cage or Carrier===
 
#Pick a suitable cage for the size of your bird. For smaller birds such as cockatiels and conures, a cage or carrier is adequate. Use a cage or carrier for larger birds such as a cockatoo or an eclectus. Make sure that there is enough room for food and water, and for your bird to stretch out its wings.<ref>https://www.birdmedicineandsurgery.com/outside.php</ref>[[Image:Take Your Pet Bird Outside Step 9.jpg|center]]
 
#Pick a suitable cage for the size of your bird. For smaller birds such as cockatiels and conures, a cage or carrier is adequate. Use a cage or carrier for larger birds such as a cockatoo or an eclectus. Make sure that there is enough room for food and water, and for your bird to stretch out its wings.<ref>https://www.birdmedicineandsurgery.com/outside.php</ref>[[Image:Take Your Pet Bird Outside Step 9.jpg|center]]
#Use a mini padlock or a metal clip to secure the cage door. Many birds are escape artists and can learn how to open the doors for cages and carriers. Prevent your bird from opening the cage door while it’s outside by using a small lock to connect the door to the cage wires. This means that the door cannot open without it being unlocked from the outside.<ref>http://www.avianwelfare.org/shelters/pdf/NBD_shelters_housing_birds.pdf</ref>[[Image:Take Your Pet Bird Outside Step 10.jpg|center]]
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#Use a mini padlock or a metal clip to secure the cage door. Many birds are escape artists and can learn how to open the doors for cages and carriers. Prevent your bird from opening the cage door while it's outside by using a small lock to connect the door to the cage wires. This means that the door cannot open without it being unlocked from the outside.<ref>http://www.avianwelfare.org/shelters/pdf/NBD_shelters_housing_birds.pdf</ref>[[Image:Take Your Pet Bird Outside Step 10.jpg|center]]
 
#* You can use the same type of clip or lock that is used to hold bird toys to a cage.
 
#* You can use the same type of clip or lock that is used to hold bird toys to a cage.
 
#Place a towel over 3 sides of the cage. Use an old towel to cover the sides and the back of the cage so that your bird can see outside from a single direction. As your bird becomes more confident being outside, slowly pull the towel back so that it can become more comfortable being exposed.<ref>https://www.birdmedicineandsurgery.com/outside.php</ref>[[Image:Take Your Pet Bird Outside Step 11.jpg|center]]
 
#Place a towel over 3 sides of the cage. Use an old towel to cover the sides and the back of the cage so that your bird can see outside from a single direction. As your bird becomes more confident being outside, slowly pull the towel back so that it can become more comfortable being exposed.<ref>https://www.birdmedicineandsurgery.com/outside.php</ref>[[Image:Take Your Pet Bird Outside Step 11.jpg|center]]
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#* If you are taking your bird outside for extended periods of time, make sure that the food and water dishes in the cage or carrier are full.   
 
#* If you are taking your bird outside for extended periods of time, make sure that the food and water dishes in the cage or carrier are full.   
 
== Warnings ==
 
== Warnings ==
*Always use harness or carrier even if your bird’s wings are clipped. This is because a bird with clipped wings can still fly.<ref>https://ift.tt/2rwXwRd>
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*Always use harness or carrier even if your bird's wings are clipped. This is because a bird with clipped wings can still fly.<ref>https://ift.tt/2rwXwRd>
 
*Never take your bird outside without a harness, cage, or carrier. No matter how well trained your bird is, it may still fly away if it is spooked.<ref>https://ift.tt/32FDVeE>
 
*Never take your bird outside without a harness, cage, or carrier. No matter how well trained your bird is, it may still fly away if it is spooked.<ref>https://ift.tt/32FDVeE>
   


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