Tinkerbell Legacy - Living with a flying parrot

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The fitting of harness - letter to a parrot group
shanlung
From: "shanlung9" <shanlung9@yahoo.com>
Date: Wed Aug 10, 2005 1:32 pm
Subject: The fitting of harness - Phyllis

--- In xxxparrotclub@yahoogroups.com, "Phyllis "
<...@r...> wrote:

(snip)


. I don't think the harness I bought is the right size, even though
> the seller told me it was for CAG's. I will try to make my own and
see if he
> will like that one better. Thanks for the advice
>

Not only must the harness be comfortable, it must be safe.

Almost without exceptions, commercial harness relied on spring loaded
thingy wingy to attach the leash to the harness.

Tinkerbell showed me once she mastered it, she could pop that opened in
split second flat. That was in a mist shrouded road hugging the step
side of Alishan mountain in

"More development of Tink harness during trip to Taiwan Alishan
mountain"
http://www.geocities.com/shanlung9/harness4.html

Do people hope that their fids are that incredibly much more stupid
than Tinkerbell that they cannot free themselves from that leash? The
harness is not very useful if the leash is no longer attached to the
harness.

Another very important thing to remember.

NEVER EVER HOLD THE LEASH IN YOUR HAND OR LOOP AROUND THE WRIST.
ALWAYS SECURE THE LEASH TO YOUR BELT OR YOUR BACKPACK WITH A CARABINER.

If you rely on holding the leash, can you rely on yourself to REMEMBER
holding on to it at all times?

ALWAYS USE THE CARABINER TO SECURE THAT LEASH TO YOURSELF.

I do not know the size of your Grey. But I know grey will vary from
300 grams to 600 grams. Likewise if you have a cockatoo or macaw.

Their sizes vary so much that I cannot imagine one size fits all, but
that is exactly what you are getting with commercial harness regardless
of which company or make.

They will of course, assure you that one size fits all for reasons best
known to themselves.

It is your choice to trust them or to believe me.

But if you want a comfortable harness that fits properly, you have no
choice but to make it yourself. If that harness is not fairly loose
but good fitting, that harness is not going to be comfortable and
believe me, your parrot will fight you later even if she allowed you to
use it earlier.

The original commercial harness I bought and used on Tinkerbell was
grudginly acceptable for the first few times. Then she fought and
fought against it until I gave up trying to harnessed her with that on
the 5th or 6th time.

It was only with the new harness I created for her that she accepted
harness again.

The design that I am offering all of you is so easy to make, and tested
on a flying grey over the last 3 years. Do take a look in this photo
folder
http://www.flickr.com/photos/shanlung/sets/706103/

Can any of the other commercial harness collectively have the
experience I have with using harness on a flighted parrot?

If so, why are they still using the spring loaded thingy wingy to hook
the leash to the harness even till today.

And why are they still insisting that 'one size fits all'. Perhaps
they know things that I am too stupid to know about.



Warmest regards

Shanlung

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From: "shanlung9" <shanlung9@...>
Date: Wed Aug 10, 2005 12:44 pm

Folks,

If you have gone into
http://www.geocities.com/shanlung9/indexbegin.html

and just read "Tinkerbell harness Ver 4.0 and how to make it",

that is not enough. That was the Ver 4, and since then,
it was further refined.

I had to go into http://www.geocities.com/shanlung9/harness2.html and
added the following with appropriate links to the letter.

zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

IMPORTANT

The above harness had been superseded with critical refinements. The
above letter was included as it did lay down certain fundamentals
that are required even in the latest harness.

You must read the later letters on harness especially

Tink wearing harness -Latest Details of Tink's harness

Tinkerbell - an easy way to make a harness

Tinkerbell Harness for Dennis

In fact, even further refinements were made in my recent visit back
to Taiwan just to see Tink. That was recorded into that livejournal
blog that you can read.

And most important of all, you must read

Using harness

(and do not forget that cheque to Durell or WWW if you can spare some
money)

zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz


Warmest regards

Shanlung


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Getting Harnesses on

(Anonymous)
I dont want to use a harness yet because my bird is reluctant to let me hold it with my hands. how do i train and make him used to me handling him?

Re: Getting Harnesses on

Do read
Harness for flighted parrots - To Nick and folks
http://shanlung.livejournal.com/8284.html


I wrote often on how you bond with your parrot and
how to familiarise handling with your parrot.

Do try to find the time to read what I had done with Tinkerbell.
Taking a flighted parrot out in a harness is a lot more
than stuffing your parrot into a harness as what commercial
harness makers want you to believe.

After all, they already made you believe in their 'one size
fits all' *puke* commercial harness that they sold to you.


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