Learn to Free Fly Your Parrot!
What is the Freestyle Flyer's Club?
The Freestyle Flyer's Club is a group of bird lovers from around the world who have successfully and safely trained their birds for outdoor freeflight, and come together multiple times per year to fly their birds at breathtaking places.
A couple of our favorite places to free fly our birds are Moab, UT and White Sands, NM:
Why do you fly your birds outside when there are so many risks?
Birds are designed for flight, made for it, so who are we to take that away from them? We believe in giving our birds the freedom of flight for their health; mental and physical. When you are able to witness this experience first hand, you will have a new understanding of what this means to both human and bird.
As part of our flight course at the Freestyle Flyer's Club, we teach about the risks in freeflight and highly advocate risk management. This means we minimize the risks as much as possible regarding our parrots' safety by knowing our predators as well as we know our own birds, flying at the proper time of day, picking our time of year and seasons accordingly, choosing the safest locations to fly and traveling there to do so, and never forcing a bird who doesn't want to fly, to fly.
Can I do this with my bird?
It's never our intention to encourage the average bird owner to go outside with their bird and see if it will come back. We not only have a strong relationship with our flock, but the ground work of training is in place as well.
This course takes a minimum of two months to complete, and an average of 3 months (though we've worked with students for upwards of 9 months with some birds). We highly advise against training your bird for outdoor freeflight without guidance from a proper trainer.
If you are looking for a place to start with indoor skills, consider our indoor flight training course available here.
How much does this freeflight course cost?
Our cost is dependent on your unique situation. The more skills that have already been taught and mastered by your bird, the less cost is involved. We prefer to evaluate your situation and start with a consultation via Skype or some other video form where we can actually see what training is already in place.
View our consultation pricing here.
What age does a parrot have to be to learn to free fly?
When starting with a bird of the age to naturally fledge in the wild, it is much easier because you are working with nature within your training (the bird naturally wants to fly and does not need much encouragement to do so).
With older birds we end up spending most of our time breaking current bad habits and enticing the bird to want to fly.
However, the age of your bird does not matter as all birds are capable of learning at any age. Even previously clipped, currently plucked, or older birds can learn how to free fly.
Check out 35 year old Storm, the blue fronted amazon parrot Jamieleigh taught to free fly:
When accidents happen...
Every day we receive emails, videos, posters, etc. of birds who have accidentally gotten outside and are lost (usually for days at a time - imagine losing your bird for 4-5 days!). Some have happy endings and find their way back home through the grape vine, others we never hear about again.
At BirdTricks we strongly believe that if indoor/outdoor recall training was implemented that every bird that got outside would have the proper skills and ability to come back to their human companions. Pet birds that get outside don't fly away because they don't want to come back to you, they fly away because they don't know how to come back to you. Although birds are designed for flight, they don't naturally just know how to do it and do it well at any age. They have to learn and master the skills properly and outdoor flying is much different than indoor (wind, distractions, predators, stimulus overload, etc.)
Be ready, and be prepared by having the proper training already in place. You won't believe the level it can take your relationship with your bird to.
Have you ever lost a bird?
No, we haven't ever lost one of our birds to death via free flight. We've also not had to recover lost birds that were trained using our course.
Where can I see more?
Here is a video from a recent flight student in Hawaii, with a 9 month old, previously clipped, blue and gold macaw. View the entire playlist here.
Where do I sign up for this course?
Simply email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com to arrange your initial consultation and schedule for this course.
I still have more questions...
Please take a look at the following resources:
- Dave and Jamieleigh answer your freeflight questions with their macaws.
- Clients & parrots we have taught to free fly.
- Tips to help you recover a lost bird.
- When your parrot flies away.
- Thinking about clipping your bird?
- A myth about clipped birds.
- Our first free flight trained parrot.
- Our current student learning to free fly.
- BIRD TRIPS: Our free flight adventures.