"I don't think I could own a bird without Diapers. They definitely work. Now my Indian ring neck has freedom of the house and can go with me on car rides with no worry about a mess." CP
Using Bird Diapers
Most people laugh when they first learn about Bird Diapers, but for those of us who love having our pet bird ride about on our shoulders, we get it!
Bird Diapers (Flightsuits) are a breathable fabric suit that fits over your birds’ torso covering the vent. The Velcro strip in the back creates a comfortable fit. They serve a dual purpose of keeping your bird warm, while allowing you to socialize your bird outside of the cage without worries of bird droppings around the house or on your clothing.
Made from stretchy, washable fabric, Flightsuits have a hidden pouch under your birds’ vent where you can place a liner to absorb bird poop. Your bird can wear the diaper approximately 4-6 hours between changes. The innovative poop-pouch can be easily monitored so that you know when you need to change the liner.
Training Your Bird to Wear a Bird Diaper
Allow between 1-2 weeks to your bird to become comfortable with the concept of wearing Flightsuits or any bird apparel.
INTRODUCING THE DIAPER FROM AFAR
We recommend that you give your bird 2-4 days to comfortable with simply the sight of the Diaper and optional leash.
INCREASING FAMILIARITY WITH THE BIRD DIAPER
Once your bird is familiar with the Diaper from afar, move it closer and closer to your birds proximity. This training stage may take 2-4 days depending on your birds’ disposition and age. When your bird allows the diaper close little fear try petting it with the fabric and hanging the Diaper on the side of the cage. Your bird may enjoy mouthing the fabric. Place a treat inside the Diaper to help you bird realize that it is indeed safe.
TRAINING TO PUT THE DIAPER ON
Once your bird is comfortable with touching the Diaper, you are ready to introduce wearing it. We are strong advocates of using Clicker Training.
Remove your birds’ food for 1-3 hours (less time for smaller birds) and prepare some of your birds favorite treats. Place the Diaper on or near your birds body and immediately reward it with a "'click" and a treat. Make sure that your bird learns to associate the FLightsuit with pleasant, fun bonding time with you.
Develop increasing step increments of actually placing the feet in the Diaper over the wings, slipping the shoulders into the diaper and adjusting it, rewarding each and every accomplishment until your bird allows you to put the Diaper completely on.
When your bird is used to wearing its new Bird Diaper he'll begin to associate putting it on with fun out of cage time. If you keep all steps of training short and fun, you'll quickly find that it is easy to put the Diaper on and change the liners out.
You can even buy an optional leash and turn the Flightsuit into fun outdoor time. Before taking your bird outside, make sure that the leash is securely fastened and that the Velcro is strong enough to hold your bird should it decide to bolt.
Even when your bird is outside, it is recommended that you hold your bird close to you. You never know what may frighten your bird. Should your bird become startled resist the temptation to jerk the leash back. Instead, allow your bird to flutter to the ground and gently pick it up and calm it.