When introducing your bird into a FeatherWear FlightSuit™, we suggest you follow these steps:
Allow your bird to see the FlightSuit™ from a comfortable distance, so that it becomes accustomed to both the color and fabric. Minimum time: 2-3 days.
Over time, move the FlightSuit™ closer to the bird and cage. This process will be quicker for younger birds and longer for older birds. Minimum time: 2-3 days.
Pet or caress the bird with the FlightSuit. Hang the FlightSuit on or NEAR the cage (never in the cage), allowing the bird to examine the FlightSuit™. Minimum time: 1-2 days.
When you're both ready to test the FlightSuit™, remove the bird's food for 2-3 hours; put the FlightSuit™ on the bird and immediately reward by returning food or feeding. This serves as a positive reinforcement as well as a distraction.
The following positive reinforcements work well during FlightSuit™ training:
Offer plenty of verbal praise.
Give favorite treats: peas, corn or millet spray.
Make for quality one-on-one time away from the cage.
Treat bird to their favorite toy.
Take bird outside for special outings.
Birds may nibble at the FlightSuit™ until they are accustomed to wearing it. To minimize the nibbling, you can use Bitter Apple Spray or aloe-vera based Cease on the FlightSuit™ (can be found at most pet stores).