|This may surprise you, but
really love my harness.
Mom and Dad bought it for me the day they brought me home from the breeder.
They started putting it on me right away, and because I was just a
baby then, I accepted it without a fuss. Laka
took a little more time to accept hers, but she loves her
I love to be with my flock all the time - and Mom
says this harness isn't only a fashion statement; it keeps me safer
when we go for walks outside.
I know I look cool in my harness.
Forte didn't know a she
had a good thing going.
|Mom bought a harness for Forte
when she was still a baby, too. Forte didn't love having
it put on, but she didn't struggle too much.
Forte tells me she really liked going outside, but Mom didn't keep
practicing the harness with her during the winter months that year,
and by the time Spring (and warmer weather) came around, Forte had
developed an attitude problem, and refused the harness.
|Mom was never able to get Pakshi
or any of the other birds in the harness at all. They
completely freaked (especially Pakshi). She finally gave up.
(Liz's note: Looking back, if I'd approached
them correctly, I might have had more success. But at the
time I was trying to train the others, I didn't know the
proper techniques for approaching an older bird.)
For them, going "bye-bye" is still possible
because Mom bought a "Pet Pocket" bird carrier. It's a device
not unlike a back pack (except humans wear it in front) with a perch
inside and thick plastic screen to enclose it. Forte and
Pakshi both did learn to like the carrier. But not the
When I see my harness, I get excited!
January 20th, but I'm outside!
|It just goes to show you that
Forte and Pakshi aren't half as smart as they think they are!
Because I like my harness, I get a lot more "outside" time than they
When the weather turned cold,
Mom realized that we were coming to a cross roads. So rather
than stop using the harness completely, Mom and me agreed to a
schedule of short "harness practice times" every 3-4 weeks.
|The first couple of times, it was
far too cold for me to go outside, so Mom put the harness on me and
took me down to the basement with her to do laundry. I'd not
been in the basement before, so it still seemed like a treat to me.
I'm glad we did that. When she first took
the harness out (after almost a month without it), I was a little
anxious. You see, we parrots don't much like things wrapped
around us, it feels scary. It takes practice to master that
We didn't stay outside long.
The temperature was upper 50's, so it was OK for a 10 minute stroll
around the yard, but longer wouldn't have been good for me.
Then, as the winter went on, Mom and Dad took
advantage of those occasional (although rare) days when the temps were
warm enough for me to be out for a short period (like 15 minutes or so.
We all enjoyed the outing and its helping me to stay comfortable with my
I know lots of you parrots out
there looking at this webpage may want your humans to get a harness for
you, too! I hope they do. But you should encourage them to
keep using it throughout the year so that you don't forget how much fun