Clip my bird's wings

by Angelica
(New York)

I am sorry for bugging you, but I'm not sure about something. I was wondering if i should clip my Parakeets' wings. They got out once and almost flew out into the fan ceiling.I want to train them and take them outside the cage. Some people say that clipping the bird's wings can harm its health from lack of exersize. Thank you.

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Dec 08, 2011
Clip my bird's wings
by: Linda

Please take your birds to an Avian Vet to have their wings clipped. This does not cost much and you may actually get their wings clipped correctly.

Have them clip ONLY the 4-6 Primary Flight Feathers, and these are the long feathers at the ends of each wing. Do not allow them to cut any higher as this causes chronic, continuous pain, and the birds can be hurt because they fall like a rock instead of gliding down to the floor.

So, wing clipping does not hurt birds if it is done correctly. When wings are cut up too high, this is called cruelty because birds hurt all the time.

As Tracie said, a healthy diet of organic pellets is the very best thing you'll ever give your birds, and changing from seeds to organic pellets takes time, so follow the below suggestions:

Switching Birds To Pellets article

Anytime you have a question about your birds, either contact your Avian Vet or write to us here. You'd be surprised at the number of people ready and willing to give the wrong advice on any given subject.

Thanks for writing,

Dec 07, 2011
Clipping birds wings
by: Tracie

It is not bad for their health, especially considering that they could die from something toxic in your home or fly into something that might fall on them.

If you are feeding your bird an all seed diet, then it doesn't matter if they fly or not, they will likely die of fatty liver disease or some other illness because they will never get enough exercise to burn all the fat in the seeds and will not get enough nutrition to stay healthy.

If you are feeding your bird about 60 -70% pellets and only a little seed with healthy treats, then your bird will be fine.

Here is our Switching Birds To Pellets article that was written by an avian vet in case you need this.

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