Spring is coming and soon I hope to take my bird for a walk. This is a new experience for me, though whether it's new for my adopted bird I don't know.
His wings are clipped, and I live in a country setting. The bird is missing toes on one leg and doesn't have the best grip. (A red-lored amazon).
So I'm wrestling with the following issues and hoping for advice.

- Since the bird is not sure footed because of his disability, I'm trying to figure out how
to perch him for the walk. Depending on what I wear, he can slide easily off my shoulder very easily.
That's probably mostly my problem, I build all kinds of perches and stuff custom for the bird's disability (which I think is recent, prior to his adoption, since he isn't robust in dealing with his disability yet, but maybe he never will be). Still, maybe somebody has an idea. (I read about other 1-legged birds that are very resourceful, but mine isn't among them)
- The bird's wings are clipped. But even so, I don't want him catching a good breeze, or getting knocked off by the breeze of an oncoming truck and flying into the truck. So what kind of birdy leashes/harnesses do people use?
My bird does NOT like to be handled beyond the basics of transporting him from point a to b, so I expect I've got a fight on my hand either way until he gets used to it, but I'm looking for the least traumatic way to leash him so that if he falls off my shoulder or perch, he won't fall into the road. I usually towel him for toenail clipping, that might work for leashing too.
I haven't seen any bird leashes and the like at any bird stores near me. Is there something like a lanyard I could just attach to his leg?
Obviously the whole thing is fraught with problems and maybe it isn't advisable. If I didn't think the bird might enjoy the experience of walking down a country dirt road tremendously, I wouldn't contemplate it at all. He definitely likes the stimulation of a ride in the car, I'm thinking he'll like this even better, seeing all the other wildlife, wind in the trees, etc. But I need to make it safe for him.

Advice appreciated.
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I haven't seen any bird leashes and the like at any bird stores near me. Is there something like a lanyard I could just attach to his leg?

You could check into jesses or anklets as used in falconry. Any organization near you that uses wild birds in educational presentations you could contact for help on this?
I haven't seen any bird leashes and the like at any bird stores nearme. Is there something like a lanyard I could just attach to his leg?

Do not attach anything to his leg, because if he tries to jump off your shoulder, he will be hanging by his leg, and this could cause injury to the leg.
Check out this harness.
http://www.naturechest.com/feattetbirha.html
Regards
Spring is coming and soon I hope to take my bird for a walk. This is a new experience for ... appreciated. No email replies please, you can assume the one you see on the post is invalid (to avoid spam).[/nq]They make a harness leash system for birds, BUT they have mixed results. I tried one many years ago for my BCC. It was impossible. Once it was finally on him he was too scared to move. When I bought my first Macaw I trained him to wear one while he was young and it worked real well, but you had to make sure you put it on him regularly or it would be a battle getting it on.

When I bought the Macaw we have now I did the same thing, he was only six months old so it did not take long to get him to wear it, but after one winter not using it it was a battle trying to get it on again the next spring. I finally gave up on it, and just watch him closely when we are outside. I would NOT recommend one of the leg restraints on a clipped bird.
Success always occurs in private, and failure in full view.
I've seen small cages rigged up as backpacks and strapped on. The bird can be let out anytime you stop somewhere and feel safe.
I haven't seen any bird leashes and the like at ... like a lanyard I could just attach to his leg?

You could check into jesses or anklets as used in falconry. Any organization near you that uses wild birds in educational presentations you could contact for help on this?

More idiotic advice. A bird of prey's legs are much stronger than a parrots. Putting jesses or anklets on a parrot is a sure way to injure it. Would you put jesses or anklets on your own bird Anonny Moose?
Leave him at home, why would you want to take the bird for a walk? It doesn't benefit the bird.
You could check into jesses or anklets as used in ... in educational presentations you could contact for help on this?

More idiotic advice. A bird of prey's legs are much stronger than a parrots. Putting jesses or anklets on a parrot is a sure way to injure it. Would you put jesses or anklets on your own bird Anonny Moose?

Before you call my suggestion (not advice) idiotic why don't you explain the physiology behind your declaration that birds of prey have stronger legs than parrots and then tell me how jesses would injure the bird. I will tell you that I have used anklets on one of my parrots without incident or injury.
I've seen small cages rigged up as backpacks and strapped on. The bird can be let out anytime you stop somewhere and feel safe.

That's an interesting idea, and would solve a dual issue for the bird with regard to his disability (more stable perching environment).
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