On 6/02/05, Emma wrote:
> Well I have yet to have heard of/seen a parrot which has died because of a wall
> (!?) It is strange that in the US birds seen incapable of doing anything because
> it is so risky. You would have thought every bird in an English home would be
> lying dead on the floor or in a toilet, yet this does not happen. Wonder why.
> Yes I keep my fully flighted bird in a cage. Where else am I meant to keep him?
> He has dodgy feet which are curled up from when he was bred in my aviary.
> Otherwise he would still be out there now. It was down to my pocket money that
> made sure he had a cage and the freedom to still be a bird despite his
> disability. The vet said it might be easier for us if he was put down but no, I
> made sure he has the best life possible, so don't you DARE say, "even YOU keep
> your fully-flighted bird in a cage, so please get off the soap box now". I have
> Lucky in a cage because he wouldn't have survived otherwise. I also have a
> canary with only one leg which I have bought special soft rope perches for and
> everything. I built my aviary by myself. Cut the wood, saved up to buy the mesh,
> I look after all the birds in it and I love them all. I am devoted to both of
> them and I see the joy Lucky has in flying around the conservatory. I'm sick of
> this argument too but it really annoys me that it's always tried to turn back on
> me. It's always me who's the irresponsible one. Well howz about you take a look
> at yourselves? You don't think you should bother questioning what you do.
> Do you clip the wings for safety? Or for something more than that. For taming?
> Surely this is only good for your interests, not the bird's. Instead of turning
> on me how about you look at this practise and ask yourself if your bird would be
> better without it. You may well scream NO at the screen when reading this, but I
> don't know of anyone who clips wings here, and the articles I've read on
> European websites have been less than favourable. Someone who has experience of
> owning both a flighted parrot and an unflighted one found that the flighted one
> was infinitely happier.
> God I'm worn out.
Ummmm Emma, you live in England right? My friend Francais lived there and she had
a CAG and well she clipped because of all the stories she heard ( she lives now in
the USA, and well I do not think England and America are not too different. I also
never heard of people clipping their breeders bird wings, and it isn't disabling a
bird too much when you wing clip, especially fi its a parrot and you provide them
toys and such, they'll have soo much fun with that. :) toys,toys,toys, is what a
parrot needs, and who has ever heard of wing clipping finches?