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#12988 - 09/05/04 12:56 AM Cage flying  
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Peaches likes to hold on to the outside of her cage with her beak and flap her wings very fast while letting her feet go yelling the whole time. Her wings are flapping so fast it pushes her body away from the cage. Its a beautiful sight. Do all toos do this? She also hangs upside down from the ceiling of her cage like a white bat.

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#12989 - 09/05/04 01:34 AM Re: Cage flying  

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my bird (not a too though) does this! he first did it when his clipped wingfeathers were growing back, and he also does it after a moult. I worried at first, but through watching him and thinking about it, i believe he is excercising his wings, to make them strong and healthy, his natural instinct to survive in the wild. (thats what i think he does it for) I love it when he does it, because to me it shows that ive not totally spoilt him, ive not totally taken away the wildness from him. He is still a BIRD, no matter how much ive 'humanized' him. I like that thought smile
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#12990 - 09/05/04 02:38 AM Re: Cage flying  
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Wing whirring is vital for the bird`s pectoral muscles (chest). This keeps him healthy and strong. That is why clipped wings are really not ideal, even tho under certain circumstances necessary.
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#12991 - 09/05/04 02:59 AM Re: Cage flying  
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Our grey and our too both flap their wings. Normally ours do it at night right after being covered. They both let out a nice scream, flap for a few seconds and then settle in and grind their beaks. It's sort of their evening routine.

#12992 - 09/06/04 10:43 PM Re: Cage flying  
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Thank you everyone. smile

LindaK,
Is 'wing whirring' the proper name for this?

Marie

#12993 - 09/07/04 12:17 AM Re: Cage flying  
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Yes Marie, that`s what it`s called. I suppose it depends what the bird does. Whirring is practically flight, only they aren`t going anywhere frown . Flapping is just that "Flap, Flap" not as much exercise there. In either case, it is desirable that they do this. Some suggest to move the bird up and down while on your hand or arm, so that he has to use his wings. The whole breathing apparatus is involved there. It`s a good exercise.Hope this answers your question.

#12994 - 09/07/04 02:24 AM Re: Cage flying  
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Oooooh Flapping!!!! Sound like your guy is finding ways to keep himself in health and fitness. my macaws LOVE to flap! We have evolved a modified flying/riding exercise with our flock. Due to obvious reasons, they are all clipped, but the benefits of flight I am sure are immeasureeable.
Daily, I gently grasp the long tail feathers near the base, scoop my other hand under the belly between the legs and they know it's time to take off! They all lean forward with their eyes wide in anticipation. They let me know when they are ready for a ride by getting in the "take off" position. Then I am runnig around our home with a flapping macaw to several different points. Their feet all come into a landing position. I can actually feel them turning and lowering their altitude!!! They do the work, I just basicallly support them.
I think it is very similar to riding a horse, except I am the horse!!!
I wonder if your bird might appreciate this? Maybe you could develope a similar mobile excercise if he lets you handle him allover his body. Plus you get a workout too!!!

#12995 - 09/07/04 02:49 AM Re: Cage flying  
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Yes LindaK, that answered my question.
Thank you. laugh

Onyxena,

You had me laughing so hard! <img border="0" alt="[laughing]" title="" src="graemlins/laugh[1].gif" />
That is so funny. It sounds like everyone gets a good workout! I will definately try that with Peaches. I'll keep you posted.

Marie

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oh lord! i can see myself tomorrow, in my snuggly, fleecy nightie, running like a mad thing round this huge silly house, with Teapot on my arm, flapping his wings for all he is worth, while i have a severe asthma attack. Teapots respirotary system will be at its best, my smoke addicted lungs will be on the point of collapse. Oh gawwwd, tell me more ! Teach me no more! I CANT COPE!!!! wink eek :rolleyes: <img border="0" alt="[laughing]" title="" src="graemlins/laugh[1].gif" />
ps LindaK,Teapots wings arnt clipped now smile they were when I got him, but i let them grow back. I think it would break his little heart if I took his flight away from him, and its sooo lovely seeing him fly whenever he wants to smile
anne xxxxx

#12997 - 09/07/04 03:39 AM Re: Cage flying  
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Oh my goodness that made me laugh! The things we crazy bird lovers do, lol, we really have no shame. When Evie gets worked up I help her unwind by placing her on one of the branches of her play-tree and I 'flap' my arms and she will grasp the branch tightly, lean back, scream for all she is worth, and FLAP LIKE MAD! It is good excercise and she loves it.


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#12998 - 09/07/04 06:53 AM Re: Cage flying  
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Another great exercise that I've found:

Get a large diameter rope (for the bigger guys of course) and hold it taunt and let them step up on it. Once they're up, I gently allow the rope to go verticle and they hold on tight for the ride of their life! I swing 'em back and forth. I go real high and let them drop straight down...THAT really gets the wings flapping! When our swinging lesson is done, I make them climb the rope to get to me. My rope is a good 10 ft. I think. They really seem to enjoy it...and so do I, as it's great quality time spent with them. It's a great way to allow them GOOD exercise. laugh

#12999 - 09/07/04 09:36 AM Re: Cage flying  
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My mature M2 also does this, but especially loves to do this when she is on my shoulder. (yes yes I know it is dangerous to have her on my shoulder).

She crouches down on my shoulder, then leans over and looks right into my eye and mumbles something ( I have taken this to mean "hold on tight we are going flying!") She then flaps for all she is worth but very carefully as to not hit me in the head with her wings.

The best part about this is the look of total happiness when we are "flying together". She is usually a bit winded afterwards and needs to go on her house for a screamfest, a bit of water and a giant poop.

She absolutely loves to do this with me, and it is a pretty fun time together. It usually gets the other cockatoos riled up, the kids get a good laugh out of it and it reminds me that I need to dust the house a little more often. Thankfully we have all hardwood floors in our home, and the dust is conveniently relocated until next flight.

Sigh..., sometimes it's a strange life living with these creatures, but at least we all share a good laugh together. Besides, I would not have it any other way.

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#13000 - 09/07/04 07:01 PM Re: Cage flying  
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My oliver does this to.
He does not screams at all unless he is on top of his play stand on the to of his cage and starts flapping. When I have had enough of all of the yelling I get him no my hand a run around the house with him until he stops flapping.

LOL I am glad to hear that I am not the only one that does this laugh .

#13001 - 09/07/04 07:47 PM Re: Cage flying  
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I can just see it now on the 6:00 News..
Strange occurance happening all over the world. Flying people attached to large birds. Physicians baffled while scientists encouraged..."May be proof of evolution."

Marie

#13002 - 09/07/04 08:19 PM Re: Cage flying  
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lmao laugh

I can't wait to get my mature male M2 laugh this all sounds off the hook :p

#13003 - 09/07/04 09:31 PM Re: Cage flying  
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My husband laughs at our U2 so hard he has tears running down his face when she does this...she will get on the side of her cage with her head facing the floor, almost as if she is hanging upside down...put her crest up and flap as hard as she can while she laughs....it is the funniest thing...and now she has started to climb up on my husbands leg when he has shorts on and perch on his knee and flap like crazy...I am going to try the running through the house thing and see if she likes that...but we will try that one when we are home alone becuase I think that might get me a one way trip to the psych ward if hubby see's it!!!lol laugh laugh
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#13004 - 09/08/04 03:57 AM Re: Cage flying  
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Sugarbear the U2 really enjoys bouncing up and down on my arm - esp when there is music on. No it's Zazu the grey that enjoys hanging onto the side of the cage and flapping wildly. With no carpet now anything laying on the floor below him really flies now!

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Ollie has bitten me badly during those arm-flying exercises so I'm limited to the rope excercise like Jeepers described. The wingspan is unbelievable and the energy they put out is enormous. Our neighbors also have a swing set and Ollie loves to swing on it, doing a high pitched "jeeee" each time he goes up in the air. smile


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