Re: Why you shouldn't wing clip
Posted by Marianne on 9/10/10
On 7/27/10, Lisa wrote:
> On 6/01/05, Emma wrote:
>> 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
>> 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.
You obviously never went through the heartache of losing a 5
year old Timeh African Grey for 5 days. He flew full speed
through a screen. I am sure his level of freight out there in
the wild with cats and large birds was more escalated than the
act of having him clipped as I do now and always will