12-26-2016, 08:58 PM
Say NO to Harnesses and/or Flight Suits
Harnesses and Flight Suits are not considered “safe” nor within Talk Budgies’ “best practices”
The purpose of the Talk Budgies Forum is to promote the best practices for the health and well-being of budgies.
Unfortunately, many pet stores and establishments selling products for birds often advertise and sell items that are not safe for our feathered friends.
These include such toys as those with long fringe, snuggle huts, toys budgies can get their heads or legs caught in, etc.
It is the forum’s position that budgies should never be taken outdoors unless they are safely secured in a cage and under direct supervision at all times.
Predatory birds will attack even budgies that are secured in cages – you can imagine what would happen to a poor defenseless budgie that wasn’t caged and supervised!
Other predators from cats, dogs and various forms of wildlife are also threats.
From time to time, members inquire about using “harnesses” or “flight suits” with these small delicate creatures.
It is inadvisable to even consider using either of these products with a bird as small as a budgie.
Budgie’s are very fragile and can easily be injured when handling them.
Even a well-tamed and bonded budgie would be subjected to an extraordinary amount of both emotional and physical stress being restrained to try to get it into a harness or flight suit.
Additionally, the chances of severe physical injury are very great.
Even if one managed to get a budgie into a harness taking it outdoors in that manner would be asking for disaster. The risk of escape, injury and attack by another bird are just a few of the concerns one would face. Using a flight suit may lead to infections in the vent area due to the bad ventilation as well as feces that will stay in contact with the skin and surrounding feathers.
Using harnesses with larger birds is not recommended by this forum either.
Avian vets have reported incidents of larger parrots escaping, suffering broken bones, becoming tangled in the lead and being strangled.