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Old 12-13-2013, 06:58 PM
 
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Old 12-14-2013, 07:31 PM
 
Location: so cal
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We have a peach faced love bird we hand raised. He is one of the best pet birds I have ever owned. And I have owned many since 1976. Very affectionate and smart. I would never let him free fly outdoors. All it takes is a loud noise or an agressive native bird and your bird is gone.
I've told this story before but will do it again.
There was a couple who every weekend would come down to Dana Point Harbor with a collection of conures and a macaws. They liked to show off for the tourists and free fly their birds. I told them the first time I saw them do it that it was a mistake. They just laughed and said they knew what they were doing. To that I said you may know what you are doing but your birds may have other ideas.
Anyway one weekend there they were again and released a Blue and Gold Macaw. The macaw circled above them when suddenly 2 crows appeared and began dive bombing the macaw. The macaw became frantic trying to escape the crows and climbed higher in the sky. The macaw finally disapeared from view over the cliffs of the harbor. I just shook my head at the stupidity.
I saw the couple a few weeks later and asked about the macaw, they never recovered it. Yet they continued to free fly their other birds for some time.
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Old 12-14-2013, 07:35 PM
 
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Yeah, but that's like a freak accident. Just because it happened, does it prevent you from driving?
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Old 12-15-2013, 06:06 AM
 
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I might allow my bird to fly free within my home, but I would never let it free fly outdoors. One day I was walking my Doxie and she had run out ahead of me a little ways, certainly well within my sight. I looked up and there was a huge owl perched right above her reach to jump down on her. She was completely clueless it was there. It had flown right by me and I never heard a thing as they fly silently. It that had been a free flying bird in the air, that owl would have taken it out midflight in a heartbeat. There are too many things that can happen to them.
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Old 12-15-2013, 06:58 AM
 
Location: Ocala, FL
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Yeah, but that's like a freak accident. Just because it happened, does it prevent you from driving?
Not as much a freak accident like you think. It only has to happen once and your companion is gone for good. You might rethink your position if it happened to you. I have lost more than a few birds under strange circumstances and only occasionally have gotten them back.
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Old 12-15-2013, 03:47 PM
 
Location: so cal
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Yeah, but that's like a freak accident. Just because it happened, does it prevent you from driving?
This is a really poor analogy. Try again.
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Old 12-16-2013, 10:49 PM
 
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No, you try again. Your response is very weak.
Ok, when driving a car I am in control. I am not driving a free flight bird and therefore have no control. Understand the difference?
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Old 12-17-2013, 06:22 PM
 
Location: so cal
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You think you're in control, but you're not. There are hundreds of cars on the roads that can hit you. Your tires can blow up, etc.

Now, try again!
Yes and a falcon or hawk can swoop down and pick your brightly colored non native bird off right in front of you. Add to that sudden loud noises such as a car backfiring and you have a lost bird.
Free fly all you want, you will learn the hard way.
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Old 12-17-2013, 06:31 PM
 
Location: North Western NJ
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dober...I highly suggest utilizing the ignore function before you loose your mind, you know what they say about arguing with an idiot right? :P
not worth the stress.
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Old 12-17-2013, 07:19 PM
 
Location: so cal
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dober...I highly suggest utilizing the ignore function before you loose your mind, you know what they say about arguing with an idiot right? :P
not worth the stress.
I agree thanks but maybe a little video will help.
Bogart the Grey survives a hawk attack. - YouTube

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