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 1-2 times per year to fly their birds at breathtaking places.
The original club started from students of Dave and Jamieleigh, but we open our flight trips to include those who have trained under other trainers or who just come to observe.
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.
The above photo is of the Freestyle Flyer's Club in action at the backside of Castle Rock in Moab, Utah.
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 3-4 months (though we've worked with students for upwards of 6 months with some birds). We highly advise against training your bird for outdoor freeflight without guidance from a proper trainer.
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 $100/hour consultation via Skype or some other video form where we can actually see what training is already in place.
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. With older birds we end up spending most of our time breaking current bad habits and enticing the bird to want to fly.
Our freeflight course starts at $5,000. The price can vary depending on your commitment level and situation with your bird. Another way to look at it is roughly $1,500/month as this course generally takes approximately 3 months before you graduate.
This price includes a 3 disk DVD set, weekly consultation via video, a clicker, whistle and other flight training specific tools that we use in our course. At the end of the course we give an exclusive Freestyle Flyer's Jacket custom to fit you.
It is taught directly by Dave and Jamieleigh. This is done by phone and video consultations, as well as in home and on site consultations which take place in person.
Once the training process is completed, Dave and Jamieleigh are there for your first outdoor flight(s) with your bird. This includes international students - who have the option of importing their bird into the USA to fly, or flying Dave and Jamieleigh out to their location.
Although the intention of this course is for outdoor freeflight, it is an optional step in this training course. If you choose to do all the training necessary but do not want to take your bird outside, that is your choice. We're happy to just have the necessary training and skills in place so that when/if an accident occurs, your bird is capable of flying back to you.
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 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?
We haven't ever lost one of our birds to death via freeflight.
Where can I see more?
We have lots of freeflight parrot videos on our YouTube channel. You can also view our freeflight photos on Flickr. We also include a how-to flight training segment in our Total Transformation Series.
Where do I sign up for this course?
Simply email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange your initial consultation and schedule for this course.
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