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Q: Clip flight feathers or not?

March 26, 2010 | By Elizabeth C. | 5 answers | Expired: 1713 days ago

Elizabeth C.

A friend is giving me his Conure and Cocktail. He has never clipped there wings and lets them Fly around the house. Should I get them clipped to keep them from possible flying out a door when opened. We have screen doors but there is that possibility of them flying out.

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tina :.
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Apr 01, 2010

clip their wings! it is so much safer for them, if they can fly in the house, they could get into trouble too, like ceiling fans, toilets, windows, etc. and its a big plus to not have the poops all around too ;)

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Mary C.
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Mar 29, 2010

Everyone is forgeting that it is not just the risk of your birds getting outside if you keep them full feathered. There are many hazards in your home such as water sources, toilet bowls are a big one, hot stoves, food cooking on the stove, ceiling fans, floor fans, fly stickers, windows, and mirrors. These are all dangerous situations you could find your bird in. I also feel a bird should be able to exercise, the largest cage you can buy for them or even being able to build an outdoor area is a great way for your bird to have space to play. I also believe birds should have plenty of out of cage time but it has to be done safely

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Tracy
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Mar 28, 2010

The birds are coming to a home they are not familiar with. I would suggest taking them to a vet and having their wings clipped at least for now. They can 'ride' around with you on your shoulder/hand and get used to the layout of your home. Then if you wish leave the wings grown in when they grow back and they can fly inside. I would also suggest placing a sign on both sides of your screen doors that 'birds may be out flying - use caution upon entering/exiting the house' and if there is going to be a lot of entering /exiting then put the birds back in their cage(s) so there won't be any chance of them getting out. I hope this helps you ; )

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daryl b.
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Mar 27, 2010

i don't know if it is right or wrong. but i always let my tiels wings grow in from when i bring them home. they love to fly and it ilso good exersize for them. there is always a posibility of them gettingout. but to me them being able to fly is healthy for them. and gives them a better life. if you do clip them you must be sure that you don't clip a blood feather ( a feather new enough to still have a blood supply. if not the can bleed to deat very quickly as birds have very little blood.

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Mary C.
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Mar 26, 2010

For safety reasons you should have the wings clipped, if you know how you can do it yourself. They should be cut the same on both sides, some people only cut one wing, that causes them to be unbalanced. The wings on a larger bird should be clipped for dominence reasons also, some large birds feel they are bigger than you with full feathers. Smaller and lighter birds such as cockatiels can still get some flight even when the wings are clipped so you still have to be careful if you bring them outside.

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