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Re: Flighted Birds......

Posted by Scott on 1/12/06
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    On 1/12/06, Patsy wrote:
    > Posted on the Cockatiel Chat:
    > http://birdmart.com/chatboards/cockatiels/topic4454/1.10.06.16
    > .53.34.html
    >
    > 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.
    >
    > __________________________________________
    >
    > 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.
    I could not agree more with you.