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Tinkerbell Legacy - Living with a flying parrot

another letter on harness
shanlung
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From: "shanlung9" <shanlung9@yahoo.com>
Date: Mon Jan 23, 2006 1:37 pm
Subject: Re: Starting flight training with young B&G - harness

--- In ff ....@yahoogroups.com, "Brian " <bscvlc@h...>
wrote:
> Do you think it would be too soon to starte to take her outside in
an harnes
> for brief sessions or maybe even to the old factory where I plan to
let her
> learn to fly in more open space?
> From everything I have read it is my impression that the earlier
you start
> the better, but I don´t really now how to get on with this since
she is not
> responding to food rewards.
> How do you train recall with a bird that will fly to you all the
time, even
> though you don´t call her?
>
> Any suggestions would be apreciated.
>
> Brian.
>

Brian, you are right in that the earlier the better.

But also remember you got so many more years ahead of you that it
will be best you do not rush at the beginning.

One thing for sure, you must not attempt to fly with harness PRIOR to
flight in enclosed areas such as your factory.

She MUST be flown a few times in enclosed areas before you even think
of flying her in harness. You can take her out to be familiar with
the area PROVIDED that the leash is short and ALWAYS CARABINERED TO
YOUR BELT OR BACKPACK.

And harness is a generic name. There are horrors out there in the
*spit* commercial harnesses where they believed in *one size fits
all*. Failing that, they then persuade you that buckles , bows,
bells and whistles and all stuff short of the kitchen sink can be
used to *adjust* that harness to size.

Harness flying has its risks. Those risks can only be minimised with
understanding of the harness, the material used and the conditions
and prior training.

You want the best harness, one that you understand and make yourself
and fitted exactly to your parrot.

Will you go bungee jumping with bungee cords instead of using the
right kind of bungees used for bungee jumping? Such as below?

You want to do the same with the harness for her?





Shanlung
http://www.geocities.com/shanlung9/


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http://darwinawards.com/darwin/darwin1997-05.html


Bungee Jumper
1997 Darwin Awards Runner-Up
Confirmed True by Darwin
(13 July 1997, Virginia) Eric A. Barcia, a 22-year-old Reston, VA
resident, was found dead yesterday after he used bungee cords to jump
off a 70-foot railroad trestle, police said.

The fast food worker taped a number of bungee cords together and
strapped one end around his foot. Barcia had the foresight to anchor
the other end to the trestle at Lake Accotink Park, and he even
remembered to measure the length of the bungee cords to make sure
that they were a few feet short of the 70 foot drop. He proceeded to
fall headfirst from the trestle, and hit the pavement 70 feet below
several seconds later.

Fairfax County police said "The stretched length of the cord that he
had assembled was greater than the distance between the trestle and
the ground." Perhaps the deceased fast food worker should have stuck
to the line, "Do you want fries with that?"


DarwinAwards.com © 1994 - 2006
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Reference: Washington Pos





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Note: Normal weight range of shama is 28 - 32 grams
from the information below .

http://www.honoluluzoo.org/white-rumped_shama.htm


http://shanlung.livejournal.com/27948.html



If what I wrote help you and you like to help, give a thought
for the wildlife sharing our planet.


Do write that cheque to Gerald Durrell wildlife trust

www.durrellwildlife.org/

or to WWF or other conservation bodies of your choice



MM - mixed mash , from YSM 60%, Claus (food for insectivore birds)
20% and Sinlin 20% (local commercial food for shama)

YSM - Read "making of Yingshiong mash"
http://www.livejournal.com/users/shanlung/27948.html

suri - Read "Conditioning clicker day 3 - and some tips on suris"
http://www.livejournal.com/users/shanlung/30810.html

milli - read "Found the perfect treat and Yingshiong first "step up""
http://www.livejournal.com/users/shanlung/34432.html










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Yingshiong decided to be explorer
shanlung
.

The earlier you sleep, the earlier you wake. Dont we all knew that. The last few nights, I had been sleeping later than I should. I could only blame the book "Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell" by Susanna Clarke for keeping me up later than I should. If you like fantasy and Regency, you will love this book. I am still reading this 1006 pages book with a third to go. But last night, I forced myself to sleep slightly earlier.

So this morning I woke up slightly earlier too, and no falling off back to sleep either. At 815 am, YS was singing away in territorial singing mode. Other birds in the neighbourhood set him off including the koeis. Perhaps he was singing like this the last few days, not that it mattered to me as I was sleeping at that time.

I let him in and he continued his songs.

At 915am, he was finally weighed to be 31.0 grams. Must have been the succulent crickets and suris I fed him late yesterday. After I tied the ribbons to my fingers (I gave up with ribbons to my spectacles. Especially when it was blown to the end of my lighted ciggie), we did the usual exercises. Those were short exercises, a couple of short recalls, a couple of intermediate recalls and a couple of distance recalls. I did not care to give too much treats as I wanted him to do a volitional hide&seek recall to me in the PC room, that he would come to me of his own accord.

So very visibly, I carried the suris and millis and made my way to the PC room. I reckoned with his weight at about 31.0 gms, it would not be long before he joined me in the PC room of his own accord. I talked to him. I spoke out to him now and then. I spoke aloud so he knew where I was. I did not call him to 'c o m e h e r e'.

He called outside. I could hear his wings and knew he landed somewhere at the dining area.

Then I was caught up in chess. A part of my mind heard him singing away, while I was crushing, or being crushed in chess. A part of my mind heard him call 'chair chair chair'. But I could not let the game go and had to finish it. I reckoned that as I was playing 'bullet chess', in that each of us have two minutes to kill the other in that time , the game would never last more than 4 minutes.

Then there was this uneasy silence. I knew I closed and double closed that offending door in the kitchen, and the apartment was sealed. But the silence was troubling. I went out to look for YS. He was not in the bedroom. I went to the kitchen, and he was not there. I walked to the dining and living room and my anxiety was mounting as I searched for him. He was not in the flight area. A few choice swear words emerged as I became more frantic looking for him. I had this paranoid and irrational fear I lost him to some obscure opening over looked by me.

I did another search of those areas and my paranoia increased more. I then turned and saw movement in the bathroom next to the kitchen. My initial relief at seeing YS there turned to fear as I saw the louvre windows was opened and he flew and perched there, just a step and a squeeze to the great outside 5 floor above ground.

In the calmest voice I could mustered, I raised my hand and initiate a recall. To my surprise and my relief, he flew to me. I did not expect that he would do a recall in a room he never been to before. I had the milli box with me and I gave him a HIMB and walked him out of the bathroom. I then slammed that door shut.

I had this misconception that he would not go to new rooms, and he had never been to the bath room. In fact, other than the couple of times I took him to the kitchen, he never been back to the kitchen on his own. I never would have imagined that he would pop into the bathroom off that kitchen to check that out.

I had groaned and moaned on your shoulders in the past as to how timid YS was and how he never explored about like Tinkerbell. I thought he would be hungry and would be coming to me to be feasted on millis and suris. Instead, YS chose to be an explorer. He was obviously not hungry enough at 31.0 grams to look for me.

I should be happy that YS was now gutsy enought to be an explorer. Except he gave me such a fright.

First was the bedroom, and now was the bathroom. I wished he would have told me. Ooops, I think he did tried to tell me again, but I was lost in the world of 64 squares and kings and queens and rooks and knights and pawns.

Once in the kitchen, he flew to the living room where I joined him with boxes of suris and millis. It was cue, click and treats with millis and suris as we entertained each other.

I also made a small loop from the ribbon. I hold that loop up between him and the milli box. I then dropped that over his neck and he flew off with that loop around the neck before it dropped off. He did not like that very much. But then, at the beginning, he did not even like me being within 8 feet of him.

He was wary of the loop, so I went back to ribbons in front of the milli box to get him more used to those ribbons.

At 11:10 am, his weight was at 31.6 gms.

Then back in the living room, he flew up to the main door and began to sing. I knew that was the end of the session with me. Once he started to sing, he was not going to come to me as his songs were more important than millis or even suris.

After lunch, he was weighed again to be 31.7 gm at 245pm.

I should have stopped with that. But I did have loads of big succulent crickets, and suris were rampant in the smb 1, 2 and 3. They were not just gut loaded with goodies. Their tissues were also loaded with goodies. I never believed in feeding them stale bread and rotten veges. The suris and crickets were fed mash better than most people would feed their parrots.

It was difficult to get YS weight down, no thanks to me. With suris and crickets, he was at 32.4 at 415 pm.

With more recalls and touch target and attempts to get him used to that loop and the bribes I shamelessly tried on him, he was 32.7 at 530 pm.

At 630 pm, he was still at 32.7 grams, courtesy of millis and suris.




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Note: Normal weight range of shama is 28 - 32 grams
from the information below .

http://www.honoluluzoo.org/white-rumped_shama.htm


http://shanlung.livejournal.com/27948.html



If what I wrote help you and you like to help, give a thought
for the wildlife sharing our planet.


Do write that cheque to Gerald Durrell wildlife trust

www.durrellwildlife.org/

or to WWF or other conservation bodies of your choice



MM - mixed mash , from YSM 60%, Claus (food for insectivore birds)
20% and Sinlin 20% (local commercial food for shama)

YSM - Read "making of Yingshiong mash"
http://www.livejournal.com/users/shanlung/27948.html

suri - Read "Conditioning clicker day 3 - and some tips on suris"
http://www.livejournal.com/users/shanlung/30810.html

milli - read "Found the perfect treat and Yingshiong first "step up""
http://www.livejournal.com/users/shanlung/34432.html










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