So what are the kinds of things you can to do birdproof a house?
I dont know if you mean the actual flying AND the house or just the house being birdproofed in general for all birds.
Here's my opinion on the house stuff. I'll post a second answer on actual flying or learning to fly.
BIRDPROOFING THE HOUSE: (THis goes for flight or not and assumes people there will want to cooperate)
Assuming you dont have a bird room and your birds are in, say the living room most of the time...
Make a list of basic rules. Like the bird is ALWAYS in the cage when you open the door to the outside. ALWAYS even for taking out the trash.
Put a lock on the door that you slide back and forth. Make it EYE LEVEL or higher if you have kids so they cant reach it. It's ALWAYS LOCKED. One time a total stranger walked into my house thinking it was a different person's place. LOL.
If you are forgetful put a big red sign on the door with the bird's picture. Write "Piper's Safety Lock" or something on the sign. With an arrow pointing to the lock. CHANGE the color of the sign so you dont get used to seeing it month after month and get lazy.
Empty all the trashcans religiously or get the ones with lids.
Never keep cutlery or anything in the sink.
Never keep a washbasin of water in the sink.
Obviously dont burn candles or smoke or have ashtrays around.
Same with plants. I dont have any now except aloe.
Have a rule that you will never do dishes with the bird out. I know of a parrotlett who died after falling in the sink full of dishes and she cut off her mandible. very sad.
Have a rule that you'll never cook with the bird out. This includes slicing up salad or fruit if you cant keep the knife from stabbing the bird lol. I put mine directly into the dishwasher with my eyes on the birds if I'm doing something fast but usually I never cut anything with them out.
Close the bathroom doors religiously and if you have that problem find the toilet lids that automatically close lol. Put a sign up. This one seems to be particularly problematic.
Put locks on your CAGES. It seems some strangers or family members do things like decide to let YOUR bird OUT when they visit (not YOU...others I mean).If your birds are capable they will open their own cages anyway. So get stainless steel bird cage locks.
Get in the habit of always looking at what your bird is doing especially when you enter or leave the room. Big eyes just like if it's a toddler. But THIS toddler can be stepped on. It's happened. Get big eyes.You can also prevent injuries like the bird getting a nail stuck and you dont see it if you're aware of what they are doing.
Ceiling fans, omg. TAKE THE CHAIN OFF. Lock it in a wallet. Make the most anal person in charge of ceiling fans. Cover the wall thing if you have a fan that operates on a switch. Cover it with cardboard taped to the switch. If you cannot stop using the fan, lock the bird in a bedroom then.This one seems to be particularly bothersome to people. I use the air conditioner when it is over 90 degrees. On low. I dont think they are great for birds.
**People will say "I want the bird with me I'm not locking it in the bedroom. I say, well then sacrifice your stupid ceiling fan lol. WHY should the bird's whole body and brain be sacrificed for YOU so you can entertain yourself with their life. You should at least be willing to give up the stupid fan, not make them give up their whole selves. Just stick them in the bedroom!"***
Electric cords put in those things that cover them like tubing. I've used a metal curtain rod to encase a wire or two. Or the clear plastic things they sell to put on drywall corners to keep them from getting bumped. This isnt an issue for me but is for other people.
Mirrors - put a plant or lamp in front. Always reflect something not the outside or a big ole white wall. Introduce them to the mirror so they understand it. Take them over to a perch or the lamp or something in front and let them see it. Dont just let them find it by accident. More about that on my second answer.
Or just cover it at first. Same with windows even if you just put a couple sheers in front. Or decals.
Chewing - give them stuff to chew. Even their own bookcase with stuff to shred. If they are chewing wierd things like the popcorn ceiling they are bored or something. I say invest the time to teach them how to play with real stuff. Like foraging even home made toys.
Give them a destination not just wandering around aimlessly. A plant or playstand or perches or boings around to fly or climb TO. Make them want what you have by making a big fuss over it. Like how much you love this boing etc etc.
***Be MORE determined than them. You are bigger. LOL ***I have a parrotlet who loved to fly to the top of the window where you lock it. She found the TINY weatherstripping thing in between the two windows. ALL the toys she has but that was her deal. I swear she thought she was going to chew out. But they love chewing stuff till it's "disconnected" anyway. After a week of me nicely having her step onto a small perch and going somewhere else EVERY SINGLE TIME, she stopped. I hung a boing in front of the window, too with toys.
Lastly, you need a bond with the bird. And a routine that you stick to . This is the best birdproofing imo. Just a simple bath can take up about an hour or so of their day. And it's a good thing.
They will do what you want with direction but not if you dont invest the time in them. And a bond wont prevent escapes just like with 2 year olds wandering around the neighborhood in diapers. That's our ultimate responsibility. Nobody ever said living with birds for 50 year lifespans and high iq's was easy. (sorry I'm not saying YOU , just in general...)
This is all I can think of for now, hope it helps.