On muzzles and ‘body part cages” I guess it’s not the tool that must be judged but the person who uses it, and if they are doing so out of “safety” or “easy way around the issue.”
Thankfully My U2 gives me his wings and toes, and my cockatiels have enough rough pierces to keep those nails trim and nice. So I would never need any such thing- the ball would be great for the OWNERS of those parrots who despise their owners- (and read the captions on the pictures- those are BREEDER birds) and would add a great deal of safety if used by rescues on trimming and examining the birds when they first come in to a rescue, like the local pound here muzzles ALL dogs and cats at the first vet check up. The only issue I would have with using that bubblehead thing is that they can see through it which is how the towels help calm a bird as well as control it. An I think it would be STUPID to have such a thing on your bird at all times.
Mycookie, kind of like a shark cage huh? with your hands safe inside while the great white tries to chew through it to eat you up? du DA du Da du DA DUUU (jaws theme)
My thought on this is do birds with collar that keep them from plucking have the ability to bit a handler when the are wearing the collar?
I used to put my cats in a “feline bathing cage.” But only until they had gotten to the point where they let me give them their daily baths without it, they now hop into the tub as soon as I turn the water on, so I only used the cage as a training devise.
My trail horse has a blindfold for when I’m riding her in the mountains and we get to places in the trail where her fear of heights gets bad, by the way you have to spend HOURS, DAYS, and WEEKS training some horse to accept the blind fold, so that was a “safety” choice not an “easy way around something choice.”
One of my other horses wears a “free grazing- no biting muzzle” so he can still eat grass and hay and grain foods but can’t bite me or my other horses. Which would be crueler, locking a herdbound animal away from all the other horses, or making it safe for the other horse to be with him?
And birds of prey wear HOODS when in captivity!! Stop and remember that our Parrots and Toos are WILD ANIMALS, hatched in captivity or not. Nothing we do to any wild animals that constrains them is 100% kind or good for them.