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Re: Wing Clipping

Posted by Kitty.J on 6/02/05
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    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?