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Jun 27, 2001, 10:53 AM
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Why do birds hate model planes ?

And I don't mean just wild birds either.
I remember seeing a few posts of guys saying that their dog ate their plane, well guess what happened to me ?
My stupid pet cockatiel tries to bite my planes any chance he gets, so I clipped his wings so he's stop flying to my planes and putting holes in them with his feet.
Last night I went to the kitchen for 5 minutes to heat some pizza, this little bugger climbs down off his cage, runs across the carpet , then climbs up the wall to get to my Minimax plane...I walk into the room and find him in the cockpit !
Get up to him and find he has eaten the end off of my GWS speed controller !
Little jerk, now I'm grounded for the next few days until I get a replacement.
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Jun 27, 2001, 11:15 AM
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Replacement bird or replacement plane?
Jun 27, 2001, 12:52 PM
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when you get your new controller, STRAP him into the cockpit and go flying!

He wont be interested in planes anymore after that!

Jun 27, 2001, 02:13 PM
Lord Flashheart is sissy!
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My birds also used to eat all the balsa that they could lay their beak onto. I guess that they just like to grind on something. I had great succes feeding them this herb that smells like lemon when the leaves are mushed (I do not know its english name).

In other words. Your birds nead some activation. No need to have your birds seeing a schrink for this matter.
Jun 27, 2001, 02:42 PM
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I hate crows.. I shoot crows... dirty, carion eating, egg robbing vultures.. when I see them in the air and I'm flying, I go after them.. a few have checked out the skyscooter, but they don't attack it... nothing would make my day better than ramming the prop up a crows arse..I'd sacrifice the plane for that.. This is another reason I need a faster plane.Most birds fly pretty fast, straight and level...and in a dive, well.. darn fast. Don't think I'd sacrifice a SOKOL for a crow though.
Jun 27, 2001, 03:47 PM
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What a shame ...the poor birdie is in love !
Make a model specially for him to climb into/get happy with !
No servos, receiver or ESC !
Paint eyes on it and fit a beak !

That way he may leave the real models alone !

You may even like the 'bird' model and fit the radio anyway !

As for crows . . . . . Well Tic - You need Help ! ! !

Jun 27, 2001, 03:58 PM
Should it be doing that?
I used to give my cockatiel the scraps of balsa and ply to chew on. They just like to chew on stuff and destry it. It keeps them busy, and they don't eat it, just break it up.

I once contemplated giving an old plane to him, but didn't think the CA would be too good for it.
Jun 27, 2001, 04:28 PM
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Just outta curiousity, why is the bird free to roam the house? As for a practical solution, you could put your planes behind glass and see if the bird flies into it

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Jun 27, 2001, 06:24 PM
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Ha, my bird thinks he's a person and doesn't want to be in a cage all day....he's pretty cool when he's not destroying something. I keep an eye on him but wow, he must have been eye-balling my plane,just waiting for me to leave the room so he could spring into action like alittle commando raider.He got me pretty good too, the esc is shot
Jun 27, 2001, 08:08 PM
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It is love, usual at first sight. In the animal kingdom, they gravitate toward flashy colored winged objects, like your planes. The only way they can communicate back is touch or contact. Sometime it may look brutal, most of my encounters are very friendly and courtship-like in mid-air. I love to tango with there group of birds that frequent my school yard. They also welcome me (I think ) whenever they see me around.

Treat them nice.
Jun 28, 2001, 01:10 AM
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Get a dog then the next time he trys to go across Carpet the dog will get him. But after that the dog will go for you airplane, then you will be out bird and airplane but you will have a nice dog???
Jun 28, 2001, 01:32 AM
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Originally posted by MK:
Replacement bird or replacement plane?
A replacement action would be appropriate, but unfortunately Momma has given her baby birdie full diplomatic immunity... I'm gonna have to come up with a way to keep his beak shut... Polly wanna CA cracker ???

Jun 28, 2001, 01:59 AM
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Actually, the bird is in LOVE with your plane! The bird thinks that the plane is it's boyfriend/girlfriend and that you are attempting to keep them apart. All the bird wants is a feeling of love from it's serragate "friend".
Jun 28, 2001, 04:23 AM
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Originally posted by Immelmann:
I had great succes feeding them this herb that smells like lemon when the leaves are mushed (I do not know its english name).

Sounds like lemon grass.
A guy in the club I use to belong to had a .90 sized biplane destroyed by a Cooper's Hawk. He attacked it head on into the prop. Killed both birds.(biplane and hawk)
Shame, Cooper's are not common anymore. If you see one of these or any of the true hawks(goshawk, sharpshined, European sparrowhawk) don't get very close to them. They are very nervous high strung animals and are getting rarer.(some caught for falconry have to be released to keep them from killing themselves) Donít be fooled by their size either, a Coopers Hawk is not a big bird, ití smaller than a crow but it took out a .90 size biplane.
Jun 28, 2001, 05:19 AM
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...... I clipped his wings so he's stop flying............I walk into the room and find him in the cockpit !

What did you expect? He's HANGING to go flying!