Windows and flying indoors.

G&ryH

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My African Grey is 15 weeks old and has been at home with us for 10 days now. She is a lot less clumsy now and has more time out of the cage where she occasionally like to stretch her wings.
My question is at the moment I close the curtains when I let her out to avoid her flying in to the windows, will I always have to do this or will she over time realise she cannot fly through them?
 

G&ryH

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Does she come out onto you? Can you take her to the windows and tap, let her tap, so she realises it's solid. Some birds are brilliant and learn quick.
Yes, she steps up to me now. I hadn't thought of that thank you, I was worried as I didn't want her to hurt herself. You are right they do pick things up very quickly.😁
 

RoyJess

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Our windows are covered with nets, if you don't have nets, then what the Zoo's do is to place coloured tape (something that is easy to remove) across the glass in a diagonal position leaving space in-between each one (Diagonal Hatched Lines formation), they leave this on until the birds realise that the glass is there and then they eventually remove the tape.
 

Michael Reynolds

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I introduce windows an mirrors to my flock but I have the old style windows very small hand made glass set in led apart from the front and back doors. but even they are not large
 

G&ryH

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I think I will have to be patient, tried tapping the window twice today today but spooked her. I am just really worried she will hurt herself.
 

DizzyBlue

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I have thick victorian style net curtains work great for my gang .... and gives me lots to do when they decide wiping their beaks on them to remove things like blue berries and raspberries bits is what they are there for :bird_brain:
 

Lauraj

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I have a grey who is one and a parrotlet who is 18 months.
I had the same concerns with both mine and shut the curtains and covered the mirror when they came out initially.

I did the same of putting them on their play stand near the window and id sit on the window ledge inside (we have large bay windows) and touch the window, lean against it and when the birds came to me id show them they couldn't get out by touching the window and gently tapping.
My grey now loves to sit on our shoulder and rest his head on the window watching all the birds outside, or he will walk around playing peak a boo with anyone who walks past although they cannot see him.. he whistled at a lady jogging the other day which was extra embarrassing for the boyfriend who was chopping the trees!
My parrotlet once flew into the mirror and learnt the hard way she couldn't get through it, now she flys to the mirror lands on it and taps it herself before flying away, she doesn't like our mirror anymore. That though was my fault for not showing her properly that she cannot go through it 😥

We keep our windows shut when the birds are out, however our windows have a lock ability where they are open around a finger width and they lock in that position. So if we want air in the room we use this and pull on the blinds (leaving them open just drawn over the windows top openers), we only do this is if we are in the room however.
 
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