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Hi,

Has anybody had any experience with parrot harnesses?     Due to a combination of  Covid-9 lockdown & keeping away from people whenever possible (we are high risk) our normal clipping routine has been interrupted, and Lucy has now got a lot more full length primaries than usual.  So , I though I would use the opportunity to find a good flying harness, attempt to buy it ( we are in SA,  not the 'easy to get anything' US)  and try it out.    Would appreciate any comments and real experience on the range available.  I would also appreciate comments on what NOT to buy as well as the success.    

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Several on the forum have harness experience and I'm sure they will respond. I have none, sorry.

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The avatar harness is used by many. There's a learning curve for birds though, but there are YT videos and  a CD that comes with the harness.

I have the avatar, but didn't take the time to consistently work with my adult birds. Consequently they never accepted having it put on.

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I think the aviator harness is one of the most well known ones and has been rated highly everywhere I've looked.

I have one for Alfie and was starting to get him used to seeing it and putting his head through a loop, but I wasn't able to continue as he took a disliking too me and I had to take a bit of a step back until he calmed down. I would love to be able to get him to wear a harness, but he hates his back and wings being touched and won't even let me give him head scritches at the moment... so it's going to be a long a patient road before I get anywhere close to trying again with him.

There are lots of videos on youtube of people harness training their parrots though- it's a good way to start doing some research.

It make take time and patience, like anything with a grey. The younger you start the process, the better.

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