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Old 10-01-2016, 08:10 PM   #1
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Harness troubles

So for a while now I have been trying to train my parrotlet to wear a harness (this one http://www.circleofloveceremonies.co...etHarness.aspx ) and she hates it, she doesnt like putting her head through it, she will to take a treat im offering her but she yanks her head right out. I also find that it takes a minute for me to get it off and she wants it off when she wants it off so she starts to panic and try to get it off of her head. So I'm thinking of buying a different harness, maybe an aviator or a feather tether, what would work best, im trying to find something that has a bigger neck area so she is more comfortable with it.
If buying a different harness doesn't work then I might try a flight suit and im not sure what to do if that doesn't work.
Also how can I get her to keep her head in the neck whole, she just wants to take the treat and go, shes a very picky bird as well so she really only likes seeds as treats.
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Old 10-01-2016, 08:12 PM   #2
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Hi and welcome to the forum!
Hopefully someone with success can help you. I decided that a small carrier suited my life with Tumi more. I did try the flight suit, but at he was a bit too trim for it (he was 28 grams at the time).
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Old 10-01-2016, 09:10 PM   #3
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Hi, welcome to the Forum! I think we have at least one member who is working with a harness training, so hopefully she has some tips.
I have not tried with any of my Birds, although I think it would be fun. Maybe I'm pessimistic but I don't think they would like it much based on their personalities.

I can say that I have one very particular parrotlet named Melody, and if she decided not to like something all the training in the world would not change her mind. It may be that your little one has just decided it's not for her. There are some pretty cool carriers and backpacks if that be the case as an alternative.
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Old 10-02-2016, 12:05 AM   #4
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Welcome to this forum. We love all who join us! As far as the harness is concerned, you may just have a very determined p'lett on your hands! I have found out that if my 8 year old parrotlet Bogie does not want to do something---he won't!

We think that since our p'letts are small, we could teach them just about anything. Wrong! They own us lock, stock, and barrel. And... they know it!

Send some pictures and tell us about your little one. We love pics on this forum!

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Old 10-02-2016, 03:19 AM   #5
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Patience is key. Don't force the matter and just keep trying with her getting used to it. Let her play with it a bit and become more comfortable around it. See if you can prop it up in a way that lets her eat treats by sticking her head through a little, but not far enough to get caught in it. I'm waiting on my aviator to arrive, I'll let you know what I think of it and how the training goes with my little dude. It can take months for you to successfully harness a bird, so just give it time.
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I also have a mini-wings harness for my p'let, and a little hoodie as well, just for fun. With both of them, I've got to the stage where I can get them over her head without a fuss, but as soon as she realises that she has something wrapped around her, she'll start to wriggle. I'm confident that, with time, she'll be learn that there's no reason to fret. I appreciate that it's a very unnatural sensation for a bird, so I'm going at her pace. After all, if it's not an enjoyable experience for her, there's not much point in it.

Before I even introduced Olive to the harness, I got her used to being touched and held in the ways that would be required for putting on the harness. That included putting my hand around her back, lifting up her wings, and touching my finger to her chest. Again, these are quite unnatural things for a bird, so if your parrotlet is a bit nervous, it might be worth a try.
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I'm curious about something. When your bird is on the harness, and they try to fly, what happens when they reach the end? Do they just kind of hold back, or is it awkward and abrupt? Do they just learn not to fly off?
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Old 10-18-2016, 10:43 AM   #8
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We have an aviator for our 3-year-old parrotlet and she hates it. We've only put it on her a handful of times, but she basically plays dead when it's on her. Honestly, I think it's just too big and heavy for such a tiny bird.
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It may be that some birds simply won't tolerate a harness. I know Sky won't tolerate one and would be highly put off were I to push it. Some issues of training do depend upon the individual and from one to another they can be very different.
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Old 10-22-2016, 05:33 AM   #10
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It's late for me to reply to you, but I would get a backpack carrier type for a parrotlet, not a harness.
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