Ever notice how I'm almost always wearing a hoody or sweatshirt of some kind in most of my parrot photos? There's a reason for that! Actually, a few reasons... the first is that the birds can land anywhere on me and it won't hurt me, even if their nails aren't trimmed down. Second, the birds can grip really well into sweater material vs. jacket material. Many jackets (like wind-breakers) can be slippery and make it so that the bird can't hang on and hold itself steady on you. I literally buy my clothes with my birds in mind... where are the buttons? Is the zipper breakable? Is the fabric durable and is it slippery? Will poop come off easily? Come on, you know most of you bird owners ask yourselves the same thing! I can't get clothes that mean a lot to me, it's just a ridiculous thought when you have parrots.
Photo by David Location: Orlando, FL Hitchin' a Ride: Camelot Macaws "Tusa" & "Comet"
From the looks of it though, my parrots tend to appreciate the fact that I not only buy for me, I buy for them too. It's all about the birds, isn't it? Sweatshirts with hoods are my favorite, it's extra padding for landings (especially when you have more than one bird landing) and they can grip it very well so it's great for hikes and such where the birds can hang on themselves and there's no stepping easily on their behalf. Though I'm sure not many of you exactly take your birds hiking like I do...
So instead of getting scratched up all the time, throw on a hoody and let your bird have easy landings more often. I'm a naturally colder person anyway so it works for me. If you're a naturally hot person, you can probably find short sleeve, 3/4 sleeve or even tank top style hoodies. I highly recommend getting some, you will be surprised by how less tense you are about catching your birds and how much more fun you can have with them when you're carefree about landings or getting hurt by long nails.
Article by Jamieleigh Womach. She has been working with parrots and toucans since the age of 17. She isn’t homeless but is home less than she prefers to be. She travels the world with her husband, daughter, and a flockful of parrots whom she shares the stage with.