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benscholz99
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I have been using TOny Clark's Return flight training program for a while. I have not getting a lot of results. I have tried two different birds and still nothing any different methods?
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Ben, how long is awhile? You shouldn't expect return results all the time for about 6 weeks. Also, some birds will never return. You have to experiment until you find a match.
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I have been training for about two weeks but I am still in the first stage of training.
Dave Scribner
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At 2 weeks, your birds should just be getting used to flying from one hand to another. It's too soon to expect them to do the return. When I train my birds, I continue the hand to hand until they jump on their own and don't have to be tossed. They recognized the other hand and are comfortable with it. Then I start the toss out and return training. Sometimes I can do this in 6 weeks, other times it takes a little longer. I have one bird that started the return all on it's own, no training required but that's an exception.
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Ditto Dave. I just tossed her out for the fun of it and she came right back. It's luck like that, that makes our lives easier Smile
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Perhaps you could start by feeding them in your hands. It takes a lot of patience. No feeds in the cage. Just in your hand. Many years ago, I placed a rubber hand inside the cage and placed feeds on it. That made my doves more confident of my hands aside from feeding them with my own hands.
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