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I am getting closer to using to using my cockatoo in my performances. I want to know more about hooked-bill bird harnesses. I have a few questions below before I purchase one:

1. Is a hooked-bill bird harness the same as a dove harness but bigger?

2. Can a hooked-bill bird tear up it's harness while inside of one?

3. Are all hooked-bill bird harnesses the same?

4. Who are all the suppliers of hooked-bill bird harnesses?

5. Is it easy to put all hooked-bill birds in a harness, or does it depend on the behavior of the bird?

6. Can a hooked-bill bird bite the performer while secured in a harness during performance?

7. Is a home made "Invisible Dove Harness" suitable for a hooked-bill bird?

8. Are all hooked-bill bird suppliers harness adjustable to fit the smallest cockatoo?, (a goffin).

9. Is anyone who purchased a hooked-bill harness willing to sell it?

10. What are all the pro and cons of all manufacture's hooked-bill harnesses.

I'm sorry, but I could not think of any thing else to ask? Smile
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Good Grief! Smile Mike, are you asking about general flight harnesses or stage harnesses for effects?
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Looks like a production harness....
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On 2011-04-03 12:37, Skip Way wrote:
Good Grief! Smile Mike, are you asking about general flight harnesses or stage harnesses for effects?

I want to know about all the different types that are made. When I find out the details of each harness, I will figure out what fits my needs.
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I have two flight harnesses for my Goffin. The first was the Avian Fashion Flight Suit (www.avianfashions.com) which is a combination harness and diaper. While my Goffin will wear it, I can tell that she isn't comfortable in it. The one I use most is the Aviator Flight Harness from http://www.trueloveaviary.com/avhale.html . Once it's on, my Goffin barely seems to notice it.

Getting the right size harness is important. If you have a question, call the folks at True Love Aviary (or your favorite supplier) and tell them the breed and weight of your bird. They'll be able to send you the right size.

Training her to wear the harnesses took time. I hung them on the outside of her cage the first week, began petting her with the folded harness as we watched TV together the second week, then slipped the harness over her head and back off like a game the third. By the fourth week, I was able to slip the harness over her head, fasten the buckle and take her out for a walk. Now that she understands that the harness means going outside, she dances when I pull it out.

At first she would chew on the harness or the leash, but I was always there to stop or distract her. The harness and leash show no visible damage from the few bouts of chewing. Very sturdy stuff. I NEVER leave her unattended in her harness for any length of time. It's very easy for her to get tangled in the leash and hurt herself.

These harnesses do not stop her from biting. During one of our walks, she was frightened by a hawk flying overhead and panicked. She bit my hand pretty severely as I calmed her down and cradled her in my arms.

The Avian Fashions Flight Suits are colorful body suits with a removable leash. The Aviator Harness leash is not removable. The Flight Suit has a small pouch for catching bird droppings - nice if you don't want a mess down the back of your shirt and my vet says she likes the design. I have one with a tuxedo print for show days.

The Aviator Harness comes with a long, flexible leash and you can buy a Flight Line - kind of like a dog run for flighted birds. A friend has one for his Scarlet Macaw and Umbrella Cockatoo. He and his wife will take the birds to the park and let them fly back and forth between them - perfectly safe and secured by the Harness and Flight Line. My Goffin hasn't tried to fly, yet. She's happy sitting on my shoulder as we stroll or drive.

I'd recommend trying the Aviator Harness first. Once your baby is comfortable wearing that, it will be much easier to get her to accept a Flight Suit, if the need arises. Hope this helps, Mike!
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Good looking out Skip. I never knew a harness like that was made for a bird. Thanks.

Are there any more type of stage/production harnesses anyone knows about?
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Go with Pucks.... never really seen an invisible harness for the big guys, maybe once,,,, brett daniels when he did a parrot split, with that method the effect was ok, but depende on the first bird doing the absolute correct flying pattern. It was a gutsy move, but he did it. your best bet is puck harness, totally safe for any bird it is built for, puck just needs to know the bird breed and a few measurements. as far as the duty over the audience, if you do the proper dove flyer training, then with that methid, they will no do it over a crowd uue to the feeding schedule. break a wing!!
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So far I have Puck's ahead from all of your recommendations.
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I have a Feather-Teather harness for pickles. This is his "walking" harness. he wears it when hes out in public. He basically tolerates it, though if I leave him alone with it he will unbuckle it Smile
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I have my never used puck's exotic bird harness for sale made for an umbrella cockatoo if you're interested PM me
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There ya go Mike,
Dan or Puck have what you're looking for..
Check out Joseph Gabriel also.

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If you're going with the aviator harness for outdoors, be very careful! I've heard way too many stories of birds unsnapping the harness, or flying off with the leash attached and getting tangled in trees. If you're looking for a production "harness" to make the bird appear from a fountain of silks or similar, there are a lot of different versions.

Most professionals just make their own to fit their needs. There really isn't a single version that works the same. I made mine, you can see it's uses here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yKnqwgjJHro

Hope this helps, even if only a little.
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Awesome appearance, Dave!
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Thanks. :o) It's been a work in progress for a LONG time.
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That was cool Dave.
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Thanks. :o) I'm planning to sell them this coming Nov/Dec... Have made a few for guys so far to test the market, and I've been really happy with the response. Sorry... total plug there. hahaha
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On 2011-04-04 09:41, Skip Way wrote:
I have two flight harnesses for my Goffin. The first was the Avian Fashion Flight Suit (www.avianfashions.com) which is a combination harness and diaper. While my Goffin will wear it, I can tell that she isn't comfortable in it.


I tried an Avian fashion flight suit once, too, for housekeeping purposes. The bird was very uncomfortable and generally unhappy so I stopped using it.
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How 'bout the Aviator Harness?

http://www.trueloveaviary.com/avhale.html

The Good Bird Inc. YT channel has excellent advice on getting birds used to weaing harnesses: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=etKRisR7v......embedded
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