An article from 2002? Nice. Do you have anything more up-to-date?
"...wing clipping does not guarentee freedom from flight or the ability to
Duh. Some species, as in the Brotogeris Parakeet, can still fly even with a proper
clip. The ability to escape... Duh. Keeps them from going out windows. If the owner
does not seperate the bird from other pets, that is their own fault.
Again, this is crap. "A Clip that prevents flight inside may not do so when the
bird has the benifit of wind or increased space, outside."
WHO IN THEIR RIGHT MIND WOULD TAKE THEIR BIRD OUTSIDE WITHOUT THE PROPER
RESTRAINING DEVICE IN THE FIRST PLACE???!!!
"In this authors' apinion that all young parrots should be given the chance to
learn to fly."
Didn't I say this? Let fledglings learn to fly, then after 3-4 weeks afterward,
clip them? I swear I said this. I know I said this... ...Oh yeah. And you were the
one who said "Oh, NOES! Take it away before they learn to enjoy it?!" Well, yeah.
That way they don't miss it. You can't be depressed about something you know
nothing about, eh?
"There are three serious problems which -may- arise subsequentto wing clipping in
a)the safety, and ability to escape danger by the bird is comprimised;"
Duh. Owner's fault for letting it happen, clipped or not. The bird is STILL
comprimised while inside the house, and they have poor night vision, too. I hope
ALL people who are pro-clip put them in cages- I would hate to hear of ANOTHER bird
smaking himself out when he crashes into something he can't see.
"b)the subsequent re-growth of feathers can be problematic (see palte 2 below)"
Um... Where is Plate 2?
"c)the bird -may- begin to develop behavioural problems (feather plucking and
agression) following clipping."
...This is the part of the script where I say "blah-blah-blah owner's
responsiblility, quack-quack-quack; this would not happen if the owner was smart
and though like a human in a bird's body..." but I have beaten that horse enough.
"May be do to" this...
"May be do to" that...
And that "off there" command? Priceless. "Off there! That lamp with an exposed,
very hot flourescent lightbulb that has just a few measily bars to protect it is
bad for you!"
Still nothing conclusive enough. Sorry. Try again. But good try! I laughed just as
hard with this one as I did with Parrot University.
On 1/13/06, Patsy wrote: