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Old 21-06-2011, 15:49   #1
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Parrots Overboard !

Below find videos of the parrots being taught how to climb back onto the boat via a net. We taught them first on dry land this is their second experience in the water but we want to be sure they can get back onto the boat in the event they fall overboard. I tried to embed the videos but failed

YouTube - ‪Parrots Overboard Volume 1‬‏

YouTube - ‪Parrots overboard volume 2‬‏
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Old 21-06-2011, 15:56   #2
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Re: Parrots overboard!

How about letting them fly back aboard?
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Their wings are clipped because they live cage free, also if they could fly if they got wet they would be unable to fly anyway.
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Re: Parrots overboard!

LOL that was funny! I love how the macaw whines when he/she/it realizes what is about to happen. Also, it sounds as if they might learn a few dirty words!
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Re: Parrots overboard!

Our Amazon ended up in the water once but it was two slips down and between two other boats. You might think of what you would do if the bird doesn't end up right in front of your safety net. That was vey convenient but could/would they find it if they couldn't see it?
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We are putting them in various locations around the boat and teaching them to swim around til they find the net and their food is at the top so hopefully they will be conditioned to locate it there are four nets off of the boat
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Re: Parrots overboard!

Polly,s Flotation Device.
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Re: Parrots overboard!

My dog hated it when I "tested her PFD."
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We are putting them in various locations around the boat and teaching them to swim around til they find the net and their food is at the top so hopefully they will be conditioned to locate it there are four nets off of the boat
We always have a crab net (the ones at the end of a long stick) on deck for fishing them out if need be. Birds can get exhausted quickly trying to swim and you may not be in a situation where you want to just jump in after them. Anyway, it would be an added safety device.
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I agree I tried to find a crab net but settled for a fish net that golds down and extends and has pretty small mesh I have it readily accessible off the aft
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Re: Parrots overboard!

Mine went in the water ONCE.... Almost died, now he won't get near it!
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Re: Parrots overboard!

Cute video and nice training exercise
I am not sure if Clara and Ducky share my view

I was always wondering how much time I have to fish the parrot before she drowns. Have you heard about any accidents?
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Parrots and other birds are very buoyant remember they have air sacs and hollow bones so they can float for quite a long time however if they panic and splash they can inhale water .... My next step is to take them farther down the boat so they learn that if they swim around the boat eventually they will find a net, kinda like teaching children how to swim and not to be afraid of the water. Hopefully it won't happen but better to be safe
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Re: Parrots overboard!

Cool videos, but I must say that I try to keep the birds OFF of my boat.
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Parrots and other birds are very buoyant remember they have air sacs and hollow bones so they can float for quite a long time however if they panic and splash they can inhale water .... My next step is to take them farther down the boat so they learn that if they swim around the boat eventually they will find a net, kinda like teaching children how to swim and not to be afraid of the water. Hopefully it won't happen but better to be safe
Yes, I remember that. But I also remember that they can become waterlogged quickly (unlike ducks) and that would change their density...
And, as you pointed out stress would be a great factor.
I guess it would take minutes or less, but with conditioning you may achieve much more. Thank you for sharing and keep us posted.
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