Rainbow Lorikeet - Wing clip?
by Ros Stiles
Hi, My problem is similiar to "Sheri's" 2008. My bird is about 11 months old. She is a Rainbow lorikeet called Swiz - she/he has obsessessed over me and loved me to bits for months. Her situation is open range of the house and she used to be able to go into the backyard and play on her tree. She had her wing clipped so she could fly a little bit. She would fly to the back door and come inside through the pet flap when she was ready and we would always be around keeping an eye on her.
One day I was gardening and she discovered she could fly further from behind a shed in the back yard around to the back door. But once she made a mistake and almost got over the high fence.
I thought I was doing her a service by trying to trim her wing just a little bit so she couldn't get lost and eaten.
We are building a very large aviary for her day time pleasure and don't want her to stop flying completely. Cant let her go cos we've had her from a week old and she thinks dogs are for cleaning their teeth. would not survive in a world where she is not the boss. Later she made an escape attempt and climbed a very large tree and flew down 1.5 hours later when my partner came home. Wouldn't come near me.
We have added insult to injury by not taking her outside any more. She used to go out to her tree for half an hour in the mornings and for about an hour in the evening. But now she tries to climb up over the shade cloth area which covers her tree to a very high tree - especially if she can hear other lorikeets.
She will only come to me as a flight station and tries to play with me all the time to chase her but will not settle on me and acts as if I am a cat. 2 weeks ago - She kept trying to get me to chase her and play fight. I let her start the game and chased her cos she loved it but it has gone too far and she does not see me as Mum any more.
There is virtually no love there and I am heart broken. Help???
I'm not even sure if clipping her wings again would help?? I've been told that she will just learn how to fly again.