On 6/02/05, Emma wrote:
> Thanks Robin :)
> It's nice to hear from someone who obviously looks after their birds
> very very well. I guess with parrots it's kind of different to a small
> cockatiel. Do you clip your birds so they can't fly at all? Or just to
> stop them getting wildly out of control?
Actually I am very glad you asked this,because it's a common misnomer as
well,that clipping a bird's wings takes away the ability to fly,when it
does not.A proper clip of just the flight feathers on each side minimizes
the lift a bird gets,so it does not crash,and is still able to glide.
Very often a bird with it's wings clipped can still fly away,all they
have to do is get the right amount of wind under them,and poof they are
gone.So you again,are very much in the right that people need to
supervise their birds better than they do.But again,stuff happens to the
best of us,so to minimize the lift is to minimize the risk.