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Posted by Emma on 6/01/05

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    I would like to clarify, this was not written by me, but
    by someone who wholeheartedly shares my opinion on this
    topic. Please read my last post under Birdie Welfare for
    my opinion.

    WHY NOT TO CLIP WINGS:

    Flying is one of a bird's chief pleasures.

    Flying is the only meaningful form of exercise for a
    bird. No flying = no exercise = no cardiovascular fitness.

    A clipped bird is very much at risk of injury or death
    from a bad fall, or septic sore from repeated minor falls.
    He is also seriously at risk of being trampled on, or
    caught by a dog or cat. These risks surely outweigh the
    natural risk of escape or crash injury if un-clipped. It
    is easy to make a room safe for a flying bird.

    A clipped bird is likely to become frustrated at not
    being able to fly. Frustration easily leads to feather
    plucking.

    Flight is every bird's birthright.

    If your bird can't fly, you never experience the thrill
    of having it fly TO YOU.

    If your bird is clipped, you can never delight in the
    grace and exuberance of his flight.

    A clipped bird looks mutilated and diminished because it
    IS mutilated and diminished.

    Whereas there is every reason to feel pride when an able
    bird chooses to come to you, the same can't be said if
    your pet needs you because he's absolutely helpless.

    Me and My Birds: My name is Helen Day and I'm a small
    scale budgie breeder. I think budgerigars are great, and
    I've kept them most of my life. I live in England, and
    I've never known anyone have a budgie clipped. It isn't
    the done thing here. Emma- It definitely isn't the done
    thing here, and I've never lost a bird, nor do I know
    anyone who has. We seem to get along fine in England
    without wing-clipping, why can't you in the States?

    Helen: I can't think of any reason to clip. I once had 4
    budgies at liberty, all day, every day, in a 23 foot
    living room; it wasn't a problem. At another time, a had a
    traumatized, half wild budgie in that room. I let him out
    for 20 minutes each morning before catching the bus to
    work, and he never once made me late. You might also be
    interested to know that many of my aviary budgerigars come
    to me - even though they have not only their full wings,
    but also lots of friends of their own kind. Some of these,
    past and present, have been almost cuddly tame, and nearly
    all these individuals have been female. From time to time,
    I have had experience of parakeets which have been unable
    to fly, for one reason or another, and this is how I have
    learnt about their problems.

    Did you know? that wild budgerigar flocks are a wonderful
    sight when they're on the wing? They all turn and wheel as
    one, and as they do, their contrasting front and back
    colors flash in the bright sunlight.

    Did you know? that when parakeets mate, the male needs his
    flight feathers to help him balance? He enfolds the female
    in one of his long wings. Emma- I have seen this

    Did you know? that a mother budgie will wrap a warming,
    long wing around her young, when they have grown too big
    to sit on?


    Emma- Why oh why must people wing-clip. I really cannot
    convey my hatred of this practice.



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  • Why you shouldn't wing clip, 6/01/05, by Emma.
  • Re: Why you shouldn't wing clip yet more info, 6/01/05, by Emma.
  • Re: Why you shouldn't wing clip yet more info, 6/01/05, by Emma.
  • Re: Why you shouldn't wing clip yet more info/Emma, 6/01/05, by that was outa hand.
  • Re: Why you shouldn't wing clip yet more info, 6/01/05, by Emma.
  • Re: Why you shouldn't wing clip yet more info/Emma, 6/01/05, by Emma.
  • Re: Why you shouldn't wing clip yet more info, 6/01/05, by Julie.
  • Re: Why you shouldn't wing clip/Some rebuttal, 6/01/05, by Rachel B.
  • Re: Why you shouldn't wing clip/Some rebuttal, 6/01/05, by Maui.
  • Re: Here are 174 reasons you SHOULD CLIP WINGS, 6/01/05, by KarenH.
  • Re: Here are 174 reasons you SHOULD CLIP WINGS, 6/01/05, by Robin P..
  • Re: Here are 174 reasons // great call, Karen!, 6/01/05, by MKay.
  • Re: We can't protect them 24/7 (Long), 6/01/05, by Amanda & LeBron.
  • Re: Wing Clipping, 6/02/05, by Emma.
  • Re: Wing Clipping, 6/02/05, by Alison.
  • Re: Wing Clipping, 6/02/05, by Emma.
  • Re: Wing Clipping, 6/02/05, by Are we done yet?.
  • Re: Wing Clipping, 6/02/05, by Emma.
  • Re: Wing Clipping, 6/02/05, by Emma.
  • Re: Wing Clipping/ , 6/02/05, by Fran.
  • Re: Wing Clipping, 6/02/05, by Alison.
  • Re: Wing Clipping, 6/02/05, by Alison.
  • Re: Wing Clipping, 6/02/05, by Emma.
  • Re: Wing Clipping/Emma, 6/02/05, by wow. .
  • Re: Ahh youth, 5 years experience w/birds makes her an expert!, 6/02/05, by KarenH.
  • Re: What the hell..., 6/02/05, by Emma.
  • Re: What the hell..., 6/02/05, by Kitty.J.
  • Re: Wing Clipping, 6/02/05, by Kitty.J.
  • Re: Wing Clipping, in my house- not in option to not do, 6/02/05, by Stacy.
  • Re: Why you shouldn't wing clip yet more info, 8/13/05, by Dave.
  • Re: Why you shouldn't wing clip yet more info, 8/13/05, by MKay to Left Coast Dave.
  • Re: Why you shouldn't wing clip yet more info, 8/13/05, by Robin P..
  • Re: Why you shouldn't wing clip yet more info, 8/13/05, by MKay.
  • Re: Why you shouldn't wing clip yet more info, 8/14/05, by ParrotLady3 .
  • Re: Why you shouldn't wing clip yet more info, 8/14/05, by ParrotLady3 .
  • Re: Why you shouldn't wing clip yet more info, 8/15/05, by Stacy.
  • Re: Why you shouldn't wing clip yet more info, 8/30/05, by Lucy.
  • Re: Why you shouldn't wing clip yet more info, 8/30/05, by Debbie.
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  • Re: Why you shouldn't wing clip yet more info, 4/02/07, by Sunny Flew Away.
  • Re: Why you shouldn't wing clip yet more info, 4/03/07, by Kelsi.
  • Re: Why you shouldn't wing clip yet more info, 4/03/07, by Kelsi.
  • Re: Why you shouldn't wing clip yet more info, 4/21/07, by Sam.
  • Re: Why you shouldn't wing clip, 7/21/07, by Sandi.
  • Re: Why you shouldn't wing clip, 7/21/07, by duh.
  • Re: Wing Clipping, 9/07/07, by Trena.
  • Re: Wing Clipping, 9/13/07, by ljhassell.
  • Re: Why you shouldn't wing clip//Shouldnt be clipped, 9/29/07, by Mj.
  • Re: Wing Clipping, 9/29/07, by Mj.
  • Re: Why you shouldn't wing clip//Shouldnt be clipped, 10/02/07, by Lost parrots.
  • Re: Wing Clipping, 10/02/07, by opinion.
  • Re: Why you shouldn't wing clip//Shouldnt be clipped, 10/03/07, by Mj.
  • Re: Why you shouldn't wing clip//Shouldnt be clipped, 10/03/07, by Dead bird recipe.
  • Re: Why you shouldn't wing clip//Shouldnt be clipped, 10/03/07, by Meeko's Mom.
  • Re: Why you shouldn't wing clip//Shouldnt be clipped, 10/03/07, by To Kitty J, Mercedes and or MJ.
  • Re: Why you shouldn't wing clip//Shouldnt be clipped, 10/08/07, by Mj.
  • Re: Why you shouldn't wing clip//Shouldnt be clipped, 10/08/07, by Mj.
  • Re: Why you shouldn't wing clip//Shouldnt be clipped, 10/08/07, by Mj.
  • Re: Why you shouldn't wing clip//Shouldnt be clipped, 10/08/07, by bob.
  • Re: Why you shouldn't wing clip//Shouldnt be clipped, 10/08/07, by bob.
  • Re: Why you shouldn't wing clip//Shouldnt be clipped, 10/08/07, by for Bob.
  • Re: Why you shouldn't wing clip//Shouldnt be clipped, 10/09/07, by TO KittyJ..
  • Re: Why you shouldn't wing clip//Shouldnt be clipped, 10/09/07, by To KITTY J..
  • Re: Why you shouldn't wing clip//Shouldnt be clipped, 10/09/07, by to bob.
  • Re: Why you shouldn't wing clip//Shouldnt be clipped, 10/09/07, by Meeko's Mom.
  • Re: Alas it is I, 10/09/07, by Mj.
  • Re: Why you shouldn't wing clip//Shouldnt be clipped, 10/09/07, by The NEW Dr. Laura!!!.
  • Re: Why you shouldn't wing clip//Shouldnt be clipped, 10/11/07, by Not mother to THIS brat.
  • Re: Why you shouldn't wing clip//Shouldnt be clipped, 10/13/07, by Kitty.
  • Re: Why you shouldn't wing clip//Shouldnt be clipped, 10/13/07, by Aunt Bea.
  • Re: Why you shouldn't wing clip//Shouldnt be clipped, 10/13/07, by Kitty.
  • Re: Why you shouldn't wing clip//Shouldnt be clipped, 10/13/07, by Kitty Please Answer This.
  • Re: Why you shouldn't wing clip//Shouldnt be clipped, 10/13/07, by An Old Timer.
  • Re: Why you shouldn't wing clip//Shouldnt be clipped, 10/15/07, by Kitty.
  • Re: Why you shouldn't wing clip//Shouldnt be clipped, 11/07/07, by Kelsi.
  • Re: Why you shouldn't wing clip//Shouldnt be clipped, 12/10/07, by Diana.
  • Re: Why you shouldn't wing clip//Shouldnt be clipped, 12/10/07, by Rick.
  • Re: Why you shouldn't wing clip//Shouldnt be clipped, 12/13/07, by electra.
  • Re: Here are 174 reasons, 7/11/10, by Ekkiegirl.
  • Re: Why you shouldn't wing clip, 7/27/10, by Lisa.
  • Re: Why you shouldn't wing clip, 9/10/10, by Marianne.
  • Re: Why you shouldn't wing clip, 4/12/12, by bill.