Saturday, July 2, 2011

Flight Suits: part one

I found a picture of two budgies wearing a flight suit and I thought that seemed a bit odd. Why would budgies need a fly suit when they are already so good at flying?

What exactly are flight suits?

Image © Budgerigars.co.uk
Flight suits, more commonly known as "bird diapers/poop suits" are actually made to prevent any kind of parrot from leaving droppings inside the house during free flight. Or as they say on Avian Fashions: "they allow your feathered friends out of their cages both in and out of the house; worry-free from embarrassing accidents (poop)."

What does a flight suit look like?

Image © 4 the birds - Avian Fashions
It's a kind of soft, stretchy jumper that hooks over the wings and fastens over the back with Velcro. A small pouch neatly located under the bird's vent collects droppings and keeps it away from the body.

Flight suits are available in every color of the rainbow and in different prints. You can find plenty of examples here.

The design of the flight suit doesn't restrict the movement of the wings or legs, but I read all over the internet how much budgies hate it when you try to put it on.

Funny note from a review: Owners may need patience to get bird to accept it and some birds may chew on (and destroy) it.

The flight suit comes in a variety of sizes. You can even buy a flight suit for a pigeon or a big macaw. According to Avian Web, budgies would need an X-small.

Waste of money?

Image © Avian Fashions
In my opinion, yes. I think flight suits are too expensive for what they are. Budgies only leave very small droppings, you can easily get rid of them. At the same time, you're doing your budgies a favour by not forcing them into something they don't want. Many budgies would just take revenge and chew the suit to pieces.
However, if you combine them with something, a flight suit might actually become useful. More about that in the next post...

8 comments:

  1. Wow. I really had no idea these things existed. If you're right about budgie droppings, I don't think it would be necessary to put diapers on them.

    Pigeons, however... ;p

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  2. It doesn't matter how small the droppings are-they crap like every 5 seconds. I find little piles ALL OVER the place.

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  3. They are absolutely necessary for those of us who enjoy taking our birds outside. I think you are all missing the concept. The diaper is to protect the handler. The purpose of the suit is to keep your bird secure with you. If more people would use these, less birds would be missing. These birds are domestic and often die as a result of continued exposure to the elements and not having the protection of their flock. The flight su it is for the birds protection.

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  4. They are absolutely necessary for those of us who enjoy taking our birds outside. I think you are all missing the concept. The diaper is to protect the handler. The purpose of the suit is to keep your bird secure with you. If more people would use these, less birds would be missing. These birds are domestic and often die as a result of continued exposure to the elements and not having the protection of their flock. The flight su it is for the birds protection.

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