RE: Feisty macaw a handful page 3
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Very, very good story. Certainly shows exactly why a bird especially a Macaw is not something to be taken lightly, or given as a gift. Sounds like this was one very lucky bird. The owners had no idea what they were getting into, but I'm glad they fell in love with the bird and finally learned how to handle him. I had to laugh when reading it as I had just finished a wrestling session with my Macaw.
The letting the bird fly free makes me nervous though. They are playing with fire there, and I sure hope they remain lucky. It could easily turn tragic.
11 years ago when I was active on this ng. I started telling ppl on thisgroup I was teaching my BG freeflight. Most of them nearly had a heart attack. Some really thought I must be mad or something. Well, with the help of a falconer I started to teach my BG that he could fly free. I statred off by making jessie straps from leather and hooked up my BG on a Penn49 fishingreel and after 6 lessons he had his 1st freeflight. He so much enjoyed it later on that he decided to fly a little further everytime. So, mom and I decided, any freeflight from now on will be by jessiestraps and fishing line.
I've gone through that school many years ago and Kandas the BG and I came through it with 'flying' colours. The only other bird that went through that training was a Ambrella Cuckotoo.
Do we still go flying? no we don't, in fact Kandas would rather walk than fly. We do keep his feathers trimmed so that only a strong breeze will give him lift.
Hello to Owly, remember me buddy? Alex and Wheeler I also remember, not to nice rememberances though. I wonder what happened to Ma? Best wishes to all. Toby de Villiers (South Africa)
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