No silly, my birds are in their cages when I am not home, sleeping or if
not able to supervise them properly. They are out all other times. They
have a choice to seek attention from me instead of being stuck on a
playstand begging or screeming. Yes, they are companions but they are not
truly domesticated like dogs are. Do we alter how a dog moves around in
our home? Clipping wings is like tying a dog to the couch. Parrots are not
breed to not have wings. I feel that birds that can fly make better pets,
are less fearful and bite less. When I bring my Umbrella to the vet his
heart beat stays normal. When I take him for talks at schools he is calm
and relaxed. and Look at On 1/12/06, Cassie wrote:
> What? They magicly materialize outside of their cages and fly to you?
> My birds don't scream either. They are out when I am out, and all of them
> are accustumed to this lifestyle. If nature intended them to fly, then
> why are they bred for companions?
> Get a grip on reality. They are COMPANIONS; as are dogs. If they were
> meant to be the way "nature intended", they would be roaming in packs
> hunting HUMANS in the streets instead of being in our homes as family
> "Nature intended", my heel.
> On 1/12/06, Blue bird wrote:
>> The reason for flight is that is what nature intended. Go to any
>> national conference and talk to the speakers and the attendees there
>> are fewer and fewer people clipping their birds. My birds fly to me
>> when they want attention , instead of screeming for my attention.
>> On 1/12/06, Cassima wrote:
>>> Then that is your choice to keep their flight. I do agree with you
>>> that there needs to be more rigerous training for birds and bird
>>> owners, though. However, until there is a "norm" for all bird owners,
>>> that most likely will not happen as it has with dogs.
>>> If a bird has been stepped on, it's the OWNERS' fault for not keeping
>>> them off the floor and teaching them to stay on the cage or giving
>>> them a place they want to be away from heavy foot-traffic areas of
>>> the home. I have no sympathy for these people. This just shows how
>>> irresponsible some bird owners actually are, whether flighted or not.
>>> Them being on the floor has never a problem in my house with the
>>> birds I have now. You watch where you walk; it's as simple as that.
>>> On 1/12/06, Bluebird wrote:
>>>> There are risks for children and there are risks for our birds.
>>>> Many a child has walked out of a door and down the street. I did
>>>> when I was two. Luckly, my mother got to me before I reached a busy
>>>> street. How many clipped birds have been stepped on because they
>>>> were on the floor? I know of a few. Most of the birds that I know
>>>> of that have flown away were clipped but got suprised and took off
>>>> much to their owner's suprise. I think it is time to for bird
>>>> owning folks to catch up with responsible dog owners and start to
>>>> do some serious training of their birds. They should be able to
>>>> stay and come on command just like any dog does. It can be done
>>>> take a look at the Good Bird Inc Magazine. I have two macaws, and
>>>> unbrella, SI Eclectus and a cockateil that all fly. My umbrella can
>>>> cut corners and fly from the very back of my house to the very
>>>> front. I feel it is worth the risk to let them fly as nature