Does anyone make a little bird cage that straps and sits on your shoulder, so I can carry my little lovebird around with me?
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Does anyone make a little bird cage that straps and sits on your shoulder, so I can carry my little lovebird around with me?

While I sometimes take my parrots hiking with them perched on my shoulder I've never considered using a cage. My scarlet macaw particularly enjoys hikes with me. I'd think a cage would be uncomfortable for both the bird and the human even if they're small. Wouldn't a nylon harness and leash work a lot better? If you have a cage what happens if you accidently fall? With a harness the bird can land safely. Bird harnesses are available in a range of sizes.
Does anyone make a little bird cage that straps and sits on your shoulder, so I can carry my little lovebird around with me?

Foster and Smith catalog sells a backpack/cage which you can wear on your front or back. My bird is a bit larger than lovebirds, but it would be perfect for them. Just be sure to always have water for your bird when you go hiking.
See it here:
http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod display.cfm?pcatid=10921&Ntt=bird%20backpack&Ntk=All&Ntx=mode+matchallpartial&Np=1&pc=1&N=0&Nty=1
Does anyone make a little bird cage that straps and sits on your shoulder, so I can carry my little lovebird around with me?

Foster and Smith catalog sells a backpack/cage which you can wear on your front or back. My bird is a ... them. Just be sure to always have water for your bird when you go hiking. See it here: http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod display.cfm?pcatid=10921&Ntt=bird%20backpack&Ntk=All&Ntx=mode+matchallpartial&Np=1&pc=1&N=0&Nty=1

Very clever and a great price. My pyrrhuras would make it their business to wreck it and slip out in no time. If you have any doubts, try it indoors for a day first.
The leash Louis mentioned is shown at the bottom of the page. I guess that could be wrecked as well.
If hiking with my bird was something I wanted to do often, I think I would trim its wings and train it to stay with me. I know a number of people who bike with their birds. I never asked if their wings were clipped but it seems logical.

Sincerely,
Joanne
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Foster and Smith catalog sells a backpack/cage which you can ... you go hiking. See it here: http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod display.cfm?pcatid=10921&N tt=bird%20backpack&Ntk=All&Ntx=mode+matchallpartial&Np=1&pc=1&N=0&Nty =1

Very clever and a great price. My pyrrhuras would make it their business to wreck it and slip out in no time. If you have any doubts, try it indoors for a day first.

It looks cool but what if a dog saw the bird and jumped on it, and you? Seems scary that way. I wonder if someone could develop some kind of small shoulder cage for something the size of a lovebird, that could be held in place with that kind of harness, or something like a backpack type harness. For example, take a backpack, and replace the actual backpack with a nylon panel in the back, for structural integrity, then attach a small cage on top of the shoulder. It could go on either shoulder and attach with velcro. That way the bird could walk around with you. How cool!
Any designers out there who would like to come out with a new product?
The leash Louis mentioned is shown at the bottom of the page. I guess that could be wrecked as well.

The problem with a leash is that a prey bird could swoop down and attack your bird, especially if you're out hiking somewhere, and the poor bird is attached but vulnerable that way. Or a big dog could jump on you and actually get the bird that way.
If hiking with my bird was something I wanted to do often, I think I would trim its wings and train it to stay with me.

Until a hawk or eagle decided it was lunch. No protection without a cage enclosure.
I know a number of people who bike with their birds. I never asked if their wings were clipped but it seems logical.

It sounds like one of those things they can get away with for 499 days out of 500.

GunWoman - Armed and Safer in the USA
Foster and Smith catalog sells a backpack/cage which you can ... bird when you go hiking. See it here: http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod display.cfm?pcatid=10921&Ntt=bird%20backpack&Ntk=All&Ntx=mode+matchallpartial&Np=1&pc=1&N=0&Nty=1

Very clever and a great price. My pyrrhuras would make it their business to wreck it and slip out in ... number of people who bike with their birds. I never asked if their wings were clipped but it seems logical.

Yes, each bird is different. Mika is not destructive, and does not take to chewing anything. When I told the vet, she was surprised because her tiel has chewed everything in sight. It may not be normal, but Mika simply loves to go outside in her little backpack. It is much sturdier than it appears in the photo, but if you know your birds and know they'd chew out, take the cautious way.

I have the harness also. She runs from it like it's a snake going to kill her. So, I dyed it green to match her and she still rejects and goes into two year old syndrome, flopping and like a child being dragged around. She will have nothing to do with it. I am also afraid to use that because we have West Nile here in Texas and there is no protection on the harness/leash.
Last, but not least, we are loaded down with falcons, hawks of all kinds and many birds of prey which would see that little green thing on my shoulder and swoop, gone. I'll stick with her backpack.
The problem with a leash is that a prey bird could swoop down and attack your bird, especially if you're out hiking somewhere, and the poor bird is attached but vulnerable that way.

You don't actually believe the above do you?
The problem with a leash is that a prey bird ... and the poor bird is attached but vulnerable that way.

You don't actually believe the above do you?

Have you ever lived around hawks and eagles?
I saw a hawk swoop down in our back yard near the bird feeder and pluck a sparrow right out of the air.

GunWoman - Armed and Safer in the USA
Have you ever lived around hawks and eagles?

I do.
I saw a hawk swoop down in our back yard near the bird feeder and pluck a sparrow right out of the air.

While that can and does happen, I find it difficult to envision that happening when a parrot is on the human. Unless, of course, the predator-bird is a trained hunter for a human, where the human hand-feeds rewards.

Dave
www.davebbq.com
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