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How to Condition a Bird to Wear Clothing

How to Condition a Bird to Wear Clothing

How do you condition a bird to wear a FlightSuit or Other Clothing

When introducing your bird to a FlightSuit, it is suggested that bird owners follow these simple steps:

Step 1: Seeing the Apparel - Over a period of about a week, show your bird the new apparel, at first from a distance and then bringing it closer and closer to the bird.  Act as though you are enjoying this new item a lot in front of your bird, raising it's curiousity about the object.  

Step 2: Touching the Apparel - Allow a week or more for this step, depending on your birds age and personality. Once your bird has realized that you enjoy this new object and even play with it, begin touching your bird with the Apparel.  We've found that Clicker Training is a great way to engage your bird in touching the new object. Create a series of short training steps where you click and treat as your bird increases its tolerance of touching up to wearing the apparel, i.e.

  1. Pet your bird with the apparel
  2. Lift a wing while holding the apparel
  3. Lifting both wings while holding the apparel.
  4. Slipping the apparel over your birds head.
  5. Completely putting it on.

Some birds nibble at the apparel until they've become used to wearing it. Remember that birds are sensitive about their feathers so anything covering the feathers is very foreign to them.  To minimize the nibbling, you can use Bitter Apple on the FlightSuit.

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