Feather Tether Bird Harness

FEATHER TETHER BIRD HARNESS BY PREMIER PET PRODUCTS
Here is an easy size chart for you to follow: 

Petite:      Cockatiels, Conures etc. 

Small:       Hahn's, Quakers, Small Goffin, Timnehs etc.

Medium:   Amazons, Congos, Umbrella Cockatoos, Eclectus, etc.   

Large:      Macaws, Moluccan Cockatoos, etc.

SIZE NOTES: Sizes are based on the "average" weights of different species of birds. Sizes can vary such as a Blue Mutation Quaker weighing 60 grams would wear a petite size, yet a normal Green Quaker weighing 120 grams would wear a small size. A Green Cheek Conure weighing 65 grams would wear a petite, yet a larger Jenday Conure weighing 125 grams would probably need a small size. A petite Umbrella Cockatoo may wear a Medium size, but a much larger male Umbrella Cockatoo may instead need a Large size. 

The Feather Tether™ Bird Harness allows you to enjoy the company of your bird without the danger of fly-aways. The more your bird has been handled, the easier it will be to put the harness on, and the more quickly he/she will accept it. if at all possible start with your bird as soon as you get him home (if he is a young handfed baby) as they are especially easy to work with. If you are working with an older or difficult bird, here are a few tips:

Have another person help you during the fitting and for the first few times you put the harness on.
Fit the harness at a time when your bird is hungry, and use its favorite treats for distraction and reward.
For very agitated birds you might try covering the head.
Once the harness is on and properly fitted, immediately take your bird outside as a reward. Your bird will soon learn to associate the harness with the fun of going outside, and many birds become very visibly excited with anticipation when they see their harness!
It might be helpful to show the harness to your bird and sort of let him play with it for a few weeks (obviously not letting him chew on it or destroy it)

I have found African Greys that are older particularly afraid of anything new, including a harness, you might have to leave this next to his cage for weeks before he will accept it, and slowly working with him to get use to seeing it (red is not the best choice for birds that will be afraid of anything new).

Birds truly do love to be outside, so the rewards are really great in getting the harness to work.  If you might have a hard time getting your bird to let you put this on him, once you do get it on him, hurry to take him outside and he will be distracted from the harness and being to enjoy the outdoors.

There is actually 2 ways to use the harness depending on if you are walking your bird or letting him perch on you:
Perching vs. Walking:  If your bird will be primarily perching on your shoulder or another object, you'll want the leash to fall from the chest. If your bird will be walking (while you garden or picnic on a lawn), you'll want the leash to extend from the back. (see below for further explanation)

How to Adjust the Harness: Use small metal slide adjustment(s) to shorten strap(s) to appropriate length. Harness should fit snugly, high up on body, but not so tight that it rubs or interferes with movement of wings. It's very important that lower strap(s) are not so loose that the bird can catch a foot in the strap. Getting the proper fit may take a few minutes or more depending on the temperament of your bird. You may wish to pre-adjust harness somewhat before you first put it on. We recommend you make adjustments while harness is on the bird - simply unsnap strap and adjust, then re-snap. Again, having another person help you (along with tasty treats) makes the whole process much easier.

Petite & Small Harnesses are made in a Figure 8 Style: 
To use this design for Perching:

Attach leash to D-ring; unsnap black quick release snap; slide nylon to make loop of harness large enough to easily place over bird's head.
With bird facing you, place loop over the head with the leashing down the front of chest. Gently shorten neck loop until it is small enough to prevent the head from backing out.
Bring the loose strap under the bird's wing, across the back, up under the other wing, and snap closed. Adjust as needed.
To use this design for Walking:

Follow step 1 above for "Perching".
With bird facing away from you, place loop over the head with the leash hanging down the bird's back. Gently shorten neck loop until it is small enough to prevent the head from backing out.
Bring the loose strap under the wing, across the chest, up under the other wing, and snap closed. Adjust as needed.


Medium & Large Harnesses are made with a D-ring/snap system. 
To use this design for Perching:

Attach leash to D-ring and unsnap all 3 bolts.
With bird facing you, position cross-section (inverted "T") of harness on chest with D-ring and leash hanging down towards feet. Place the strap that now extends from the upper ring of inverted "T" to the left of the bird's neck as you face bird. Grasp bolt of single loose strap, bring around bird's neck and snap to upper ring of inverted "T".
Pull two remaining lower straps forward and under each wing, and snap bolts to the two rings on bottom sides of inverted "T". Adjust as needed.
To use this design for Walking:

Attach leash to D-ring and unsnap all 3 bolts.
With bird facing away from you, position cross-section (inverted "T") of harness on back with D-ring and leash hanging down towards tail. Place the strap that now extends from upper ring of the inverted "T" over bird's left shoulder. Grasp bolt of single loose strap, bring it around the bird's neck and snap to the upper ring of the inverted "T".
Pull two remaining lower straps forward and under each wing, and snap bolts to the two rings on bottom sides of inverted "T". Adjust as needed.
CAUTION: Never leave your bird unattended with the harness on.

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