slight wing clipping ???

by jennie
(puyallup,wa. USA)

I don't know if this is possible, but is there a way to clip my budgie's wings slightly? When we first got her, the breeder clipped her wings so that she couldn't fly at all and my poor budgie would just fall fast and hard to the floor like a cat, so I am wondering is it possible to clip the wings 1/2 way or just one side?

I'd like her to be able to fly and play but just not fly all the way for her own safety.( She's still a baby, just going through her first molt.) She can't quite fly too well yet and when she wants up somewhere she'll land and cry for me,( me & her have this down pat )she has a lot of grape vine wreaths and toys that hang from the ceiling, I don't mind at all helping her from place to place, since I'm an at home mom I'm always with her, but when she wants back to her cage she wants to fly, and right now she can "glide" and I'd like to keep her like that.Is this possible to keep her like this and gliding? or do I have to clip them all the way?

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Dec 04, 2008
Trimming bird's wings
by: Tracie

Hello Jennie,

YES, you can and should have the wings clipped so that the bird can glide to the floor and not drop like a rock. Do NOT take the bird back to that person that clipped the wings so severely.

Until you have watched and been trained how to clip wings, I suggest you do not try it yourself. If you clip a blood feather the bird could bleed to death quickly. Also, you could kill the bird by gripping it too tightly to keep it still. Birds have hollow bones.

I suggest you take your bird to an avian vet for a well checkup and wing trim. If you don't already have them, you can put a Safe Pedicure Perch at all the drinking, eating and favorite toy stations to keep the nails trimmed.

Also, if your bird is not on a pellet diet you need to work on that. Your bird will live much longer and not get fatty liver disease if you feed your bird healthy pellets, some seed and good food. You can read about this in our article called Parrot Health.

If you need help switching to pellets you can also read Switching Birds to Pellets article.

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