Last but not least, when a parrot gets too annoying being on me, I can chuck it toward its cage and it will fly back and hang out there for a while. While there are some new precautions we need to take when dealing with flighted parrots, there are also new perks involved. With a flighted parrot it becomes possible to spend a lazy evening without leaving the couch and have your parrot come to you and go at will. I can sit at my tv/computer (my TV is my computer... the computer has a 42" TV hooked up to it with wireless keyboard and mouse so I browse the net from my couch) and browse my parrot forum or watch a movie and call a parrot over to play with and then send it off to do its own thing when I'm done. The parrots can also notify they want my attention by flying over or more typically looking anxious to fly and letting me call them.
Come on, most other pets do not come with the incredible features that parrots include by default such as dazzling colors, vocalization capability, and flight. It is a major shame when owners cannot appreciate their birds for everything that they are capable of. Flight should not be considered a hindrance to your relationship but rather a bonus. I miss none of the benefits a clipped parrot owner may claim but also get to enjoy the flighted fun. My parrots are no less likely to step up, accept handling, and desire to be with me than if they were clipped. The secret to success is good taming techniques, patience, routine, and consistency and not clipping.
I can spend just as much time complaining about how much flighted parrots can be a pain in the butt, however, this article is meant to outline the positive aspects. Most of the undesirable ones really are just related to how parrots are rather than a fault of being flighted. So I made this video just to share some of the thrill of keeping parrots flighted in hopes of encouraging others to get to experience this for themselves. This is also meant to serve as a flight training progress update for Truman as I realized that I haven't shared his latest capabilities although they have greatly improved since last shown. Truman can recall to me anywhere and is very maneuverable. The following video shows how he recalls to me when completely out of sight around two corners. He follows the sound of my voice from his cage and finds me wherever I am. Kili can do this to some extent as well, but she is nowhere near as maneuverable as Truman. I also realized that I haven't really shared how I put my parrots away in their cages so I share that as well. Lately I've been able to recall them simultaneously when it is time to go back to cages and they both fly and land on each of my hands. Unfortunately in the video Truman hesitated a little. I just couldn't capture a shot where they fly at the same time, but when it happens it is truly beautiful. Flight is beautiful.
I think there's something special when a bird decides to fly to you. With Einstein, I can open his cage, call him, and usually he'll fly right to me. Sometimes, when I have the budgies out, and they're exercising their wings, they'll land on me. That actually warms my heart a little, considering they aren't exactly tame.
I love the sound of wings flapping. With the budgies, when they fly, their wings have this very quick sound, which kind of reminds me of a helicopter. Einstein sounds more powerful, and his wing strokes sound as if they come from a much larger bird.
I guess after a lifetime of having birds fly away, it's nice to have them fly to me.
thats really good! truman is doing so awsome!! how did you get them to stay on their perches until you called them? Because that is a problem im having with Skeeter he always wants to fly to me and he usually wont wait that long.
Kili stays cause she used to be clipped so that's a habit. She doesn't waste energy. Truman does jump the gun and come but I not only don't reward him but I don't even let him land on me. So slowly he's learning to wait for it. Doesn't always work but getting better.
Also when I see he's about to go, I recall him so he'd get used to hearing his name being called when he's already coming. But I do not call him if he already took flight, just if he looks ready to go.
Wow, your birds are really well trained! Nana flies back to me on command, but only when she's in the same room. You should be careful about bottlecaps made of plastic, because it's possible for the microscopic polymers to be swallowed by the bird and this might cause long term illness.