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Re: Why you shouldn't wing clip

Posted by Marianne on 9/10/10
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    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.
    >> 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
    >> plucking.
    >> 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