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#2026 - 12/13/04 04:05 AM Out!
Bongo&Bailey Offline
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Registered: 12/08/04
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Loc: Los Angeles
I haven't been successful hand-training my birds it's only been a week) but do you recommend me taking them out of their cage (just leaving the cage open and letting them out freely) to stretch their wings a bit and explore the house or not yet?

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#2027 - 12/13/04 04:53 AM Re: Out!
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Registered: 10/20/04
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Loc: US
NO NO NO do not let your keets out of the cage without being hand trained. If there was an emergency you could not get them to safety.

I give full instructions on hand training here -

http://www.lisashea.com/petinfo/articles/bird_hand.html

follow it daily and be patient. Your keets will come out soon enough, when it is time.
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#2028 - 12/13/04 04:17 PM Re: Out!
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Registered: 12/05/04
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Loc: Toledo, Ohio
As Lisa said, hand train them first. I have finger trained many birds but Lisa's instructions are the best I have seen and I like the process it describes. I did mine a little different but her way seems the least traumatic for the bird. Years ago I had one escape and boy was it hard to get him back in the cage! He finally got tuckered out and I was able to pick him up (did not know what else to do) and he bit me but good! eek

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#2029 - 12/13/04 09:27 PM Re: Out!
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Thanks Lisa and getlow! I was on the verge of letting them out since every time I open the door (which is very seldom), they chip like mad. Don't spoil 'em, eh?

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#2030 - 12/14/04 12:37 AM Re: Out!
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Just keep working on the hand training, it should only be a few weeks before they're ready smile

Keets can really hurt themselves if they are loose and in a panic and afraid, so it's really best to wait until they are calm and tame.
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