I took my Cockatiel to my college ceramics class the other day and despite the very unhappy teacher, we had a lot of fun. It wasn’t until after I got kicked out of class that I realized.. -She loves me and is cautious of what she doesn’t know-
For some reason I started feeling safe, having let her out through the various buildings and let her out of my carrier, outside.
A few things happened. She sat on me for awhile getting adjusted, not flying till a bug startled her. When she flew, she kept her head turning in my direction, watching me nervously, finally landing in a tree and not coming down until she was ready.
_She was easily overpowered by the wind_
These birds are rockets!
I wouldn’t do it on a windy day and with extreme caution on a breezy day. She is so light-weight, less than a year old and doesn’t know how the wind works. When we flew a second time, she was caught up and pulled hundreds of feet over trees very rapidly and I had to run to keep up. One of the only reasons I was confident enough to let her out is I’m secure with my ability to run after her through the terrain (woody forest of the northwest).
We both stayed in audible contact until she settled in a tree and I was able to sit nearby. I think girl birds are more relaxed and a boy would want to fly more.
There numerous hawks in this area and her distressed whistles drew them in close. My response was to stand my ground and whistle at them in a threatening tone. This worked well and any hawks that came in for inspection were inspired to leave safely. She reacted to them instinctively. It was cool.
To get her out of the tree on a windy day, she wasn’t able to fly down to me. What I had to do was walk down-wind a distance, calling her until the wind (thus her flight) was aligned with me.
We’re both new at this, but loves me and doesn’t want to leave. She loves to fly and would love to go do it… but she doesn’t want to leave. We’re both looking for the safest places. I don’t have a bike or I’d let her go outside sooner.
Also, she had her wings clipped as a baby and all it did was give her bloody injuries and put her in extreme pain through her first molt. I won’t ever do it to my bird and believe it should be stopped to prevent needless hurting of birds.