Re: Why you shouldn't wing clip
Posted by Lisa on 7/27/10
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.