Training a Caique parrot to wear a harness

We are training Momo to wear a harness so he can go on adventures outside the house with us. Momo loves watching the world outside the window, so it should be very rewarding taking him outside.

We’ve used a slow and steady approach to this training. While we could have just popped him in the harness straight away, as he is easily handled, but we thought it would be better to slowly get him used to it. While it’s not a concern or a threat to Momo’s health, we could have used a harness one size larger as it would have made getting his head through the hole easier but still been secure.

For a quick run down of the steps taken-
1) show bird the harness
2) touch the harness
3) harness touch bird -over it’s back
4) bird in harness
5) tighten harness
6) get bird to do something else while in harness – “normalize” wearing it

Every parrot is different and while you can use a similar method of training that we have, you may find your parrot prefers a different method of training. This video was an edit of just under 2 hours footage, so each training session goes for roughly half an hour. That seems a good balance for Momo. Recognizing your parrots personality and adjusting training to work with them is best.

This video is as much about watching our funny chicken, Momo, as it is seeing our method of training.

16 week old White Bellied Caique Babies — Fina and Peaches

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