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Re: Flighted Birds......

Posted by Patsy on 1/12/06
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    Posted on the Cockatiel Chat:
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    Re: wings
    Posted by Cassima on 1/10/06

    If that is the only environment the bird has ever known, of
    coarse he will be happier and healthier. That is why it is so
    important to clip a bird after it has learned to fly, then
    the owner steps in and shows new activities and entertainment
    to make up for it.

    I would strongly urge you to consult a vet. Your bird may be
    sick, or possibly bored. If you want him to have his flight
    back, the next moult don't clip his wings, but it depends on
    how long ago he shed his feathers.

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    Let me take a quote from the advise given to this cockatiel
    owner regarding why her birds was happier when it could fly:

    "If that is the only environment the bird has ever known, of
    coarse he will be happier and healthier. That is why it is so
    important to clip a bird after it has learned to fly"

    ~~~~~

    This is great advise. Lets clip their wings BEFORE they have
    a chance to realize how HAPPY they could be if allowed to
    fly. No toy in the world could ever make up for that.

    Like Scott, I also own a fully flighted macaw, as well as a
    cockatoo. Keeping them safe in your house is actually very
    simple. All it takes is some common sense from the owner,
    just like owning children.

    How many times to you think a baby falls before learning to
    walk? Would you cage them in fear they may break a leg?
    Birds will also bumb into things when learning their
    surroundings. A bird that has been fully flighted from a
    baby is very agile and can maneuver on the drop of a hat.

    Although all concerns for both baby and birds are valid, the
    idea of cutting wings to deal with them is just as barbaric
    as cutting of your childrens legs.