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How Do I Stop My African Grey From Flying Into Walls?

From Reddit

 

I’ve had my AG for a bit over 2 weeks. He only started flying recently. : AfricanGrey

 

He’s a 5-month-old birb and I’m getting worried because when he flies he usually flies into a wall.

 

Our Response:

 

Flying into walls can be based on color.

 

A white or blue wall may be Interpreted by the bird as the sky.

 

Flying into clear glass windows is a very real hazard.

 

What your bird is experiencing is, “panic flight”.

 

Birds don’t need flying lessons, they need to be taught how and where to land.

 

We have 10 flighted birds in our home.

 

All windows have blinds, dream catchers, stained glass, and so forth.

 

Our newly rescued cockatiel flies into the blinds because he knows he can land on them.

 

The problem is he’s breaking his tail feathers and he doesn’t have the confidence to let go, then spin 180 degrees then fly horizontally, which any flight experienced bird knows how to do.

 

 Picture a reverse Corkscrew motion.

 

In the bird communities, I hear a lot of “beak speak”  about fatty liver disease.

 

Forget about all the other causes mentioned across the internet.

 

Fatty liver disease triggers are the same for humans.

 

Too much fat and too little exercise.

 

Birds were born to fly.

 

Their instinctual expectations are to fly within 20 – 50 square miles.

 

If they are lucky they get a few hundred square feet in captivity.

 

It is our responsibility ( As a human who took the birds out of the sky) to train our FIDs (Feathered Kid’s) brains how to adapt to human habitats.

 

Here are a couple of videos we produced on the subject that will get you started.

 

Peaches the Senegal parrot flight training
week 3 ~ video

 

A Better Bird Ep 13 How Bird Proof Is Your Home.

 

Let us know how your bird progresses.

 

Best

MitchR

Mitch Rezman

He's handled a 1000 birds of numerous species when they visited monthly birdie brunches in the old Portage Park (Chicago, IL) facility. The one with the parrot playground.Mitch has written and published more than 1100 articles on captive bird care.He's met with the majority of  CEO's and business owners for most brands in the pet bird space and does so on a regular basis.He also constantly interacts with avian veterinarians and influencers globally.

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