FAQs

Find answers and general information about our products on this page. For additional help, we recommend that you watch the video, "FlightSuit Tips and Conditioning" by clicking HERE.

What is a FlightSuit?

FlightSuits are cleverly disguised, soft, stretchy, reusable pet bird diapers. They allow your feathered friends to come out of their cages — both indoors and outdoors — worry-free from embarrassing accidents (poop). Use the optional leash/lanyard to prevent dangerous fly-aways. Easy to put on and take off with Velcro fasteners and ideal for travel! The patented poop-pouch safely keeps droppings away from the bird and you.

What is a poop-pouch?

The unique, patented poop-pouch is a V-shaped extension at the end of the FlightSuit. It catches the bird's waste as it lands, capitalizing on what is characteristic of bird poop – that it adheres onto whatever it lands on – in this case, the inexpensive, disposable FlightLiners. The upper part of the pouch shields and protects the bird from further contact with the waste. It is a simple concept designed with precise specifications to work properly for each species of bird.

Aren't FlightSuits just bird diapers?

Yes and no – most "diapers" are disposable, while FlightSuits are not. The term "diaper” is often associated with negative connotations: messy, smelly and constricting. None of these apply to FlightSuits, which are reusable, attractive and stylish. Use them with a leash and they become so much more!

Doesn't the bird's poop touch or stick to the bird?

No! The beauty of FlightSuits and the feature that made them “patentable” is that they safely contain the poop AWAY from the bird. They are guaranteed to work!

How long can birds wear a FlightSuit?

While FlightSuits can be worn for extended periods, we recommend they be changed every 4 to 6 hours. The unique design of the poop-pouch allows easy monitoring, and disposable FlightLiners make using the FlightSuit even easier. Simply change the FlightLiner to extend the time between changing FlightSuits.

Are FlightSuits reusable?

Yes! One of the FlightSuits' best features is that they are indeed washable and reusable – indefinitely!

Are the FlightSuit leashes safe?

Yes, if used correctly, Avian Fashions Leashettes, Lanyards and Anchorlines will make your bird's time outdoors safer. (NOTE: Avian Fashions recommends that birds' wings be clipped while using our leashes. If you have a larger bird that is unclipped, please consider using a product such as the Aviator Harness or call us at 888-412-7667 for customization options. Some tips:

  • Make certain that the FlightSuit and leash are securely in place and properly applied. Be sure to give the leash a good tug to ensure that you have a good closure.

  • When you or your bird sense danger, hold the bird close to your body with one hand on the FlightSuit as well as the leash, securing the bird to prevent it from flying off.

  • Never leave the bird unattended with the FlightSuit and leash on. It is not safe to tie the leash to something and walk away. If you need to set the bird down, try to be quick and hold the end of the leash at all times.

  • Do not carry a larger bird on your shoulder while outdoors – you could get a face bite if the bird is startled. Instead, carry the bird securely under the crook of your arm like a purse, or hold it on your hand with your thumbs over its toes.

  • Never jerk the leash. If the bird does bolt, it will go to the end of its leash and then settle to the ground naturally. Don't pull on the leash unless you know that the bird will land in danger (like into a dog's mouth).

  • Inspect the leash before each use. Check to see that the hardware is working correctly and that there is no damage that may weaken the leash material.

  • Buy a leash color that contrasts with your bird. It is easier to see a red leash on a white bird, allowing you to visually confirm if something has come loose.

  • Consider using a cat collar around your wrist to secure the handle of the leash and prevent it from slipping off of your hand.

  • Holding a bird with your thumb over its toes gives you greater control when you carry it and helps to prevent it from flying from your hand.

  • Be careful that you don't catch the leash on a protruding object.

  • If you feed the bird while it is wearing the leash, make certain that there is room for the crop to expand.

What size FlightSuit is right for my bird?

Click HERE to find the correct FlightSuit size for your bird. FlightSuits and other fashions may not be available in some sizes. Please refer to the choices shown in each product's drop-down menu.

How do I measure my bird?

For visual instructions on how to measure your bird, please click HERE. We recommend that you provide us with two measurements: the girth and length.

  1. Measure around the whole bird (the girth) at the fattest part, but don't include the wings in the measurement (go all the way around, but under the wings).

  2. Measure from the nape of the neck down to where the tail feathers begin on the body (do not include the tail feathers).

How do you condition a bird to wear a FlightSuit?

When introducing your bird to a FlightSuit, we suggest that you follow the following steps:

  1. Allow your bird to see the FlightSuit from a comfortable distance so that it may become accustomed to both the color and fabric. Minimum time: 2-3 days.

  2. Over time, move the FlightSuit closer to the bird and cage. This process will be quicker for younger birds and longer for older birds. Minimum time: 2-3 days.

  3. Pet or caress the bird with the FlightSuit. Hang the FlightSuit on or near the cage (never in the cage), allowing the bird to examine the Suit. Minimum time: 1-2 days.

  4. When you're both ready to test the FlightSuit, remove the bird's food for 2-3 hours; put the FlightSuit on the bird and immediately reward by returning food or feeding. This serves as a positive reinforcement as well as a distraction.

  5. The following positive reinforcements work well during FlightSuit training:

  • Offer plenty of verbal praise.

  • Give favorite treats: peas, corn or millet spray.

  • Make for quality one-on-one time away from the cage.

  • Treat bird to their favorite toy.

  • Take bird outside for special outings.

  1. Birds may nibble at the FlightSuit until they are accustomed to wearing it. To minimize the nibbling, you can use Bitter Apple Spray on the FlightSuit (can be found at most pet stores).


Don't see your question here?

We are always here to help. Send us an email or call with your specific inquiry: shopkeeper@avianfashions.com, 1-888-412-7667.


What if the FlightSuit I ordered doesn't fit?

Even though we offer a chart to determine the best size for your bird species, some birds may be a little smaller or larger than the norm. If your FlightSuit doesn't fit, we would be happy to exchange it for a different size. (NOTE: Avian Fashions does not offer refunds.) Please send it back to the address below and be sure to include a note to let us know the size you wish to exchange, with the original invoice number, if possible. Send to:

Avian Fashions, 44 Mine Road, Suite 2-347, Stafford, VA 22554