wing holding

by Emily

I clipped my budgies wings by myself. I clipped the first six feathers and did it all correctly. But now my budgie is holding his left wing up and seems to be in pain. I checked for blood but there was nothing. So i know i didnt hit a blood feather. But now im concerned about him. Is he just not used to having his wings clipped. Because this was his first time getting his wings clipped. Please answer.

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Mar 23, 2010
wing holding
by: Linda

You were correct in only trimming the first six or the Primary feathers as these are ALL that ever need clipping on ANY bird. My only input here is that you ALWAYS need two people to do any kind of clipping, either wings or nails. You need one person to hold bird correctly and one to do the actual trimming. When you are working alone, you can hurt the bird, especially one as small as the budgie. If you have no one to help you, then take him to the Avian Vet next time wings and/or nails need clipping. wings only need clipping a couple of times a year, so it is not that great an expense.

As Dr. B said, if he is still showing signs of discomfort 24 hours after the clipping, he needs to be seen immediately by an Avian Vet as one of his bones could be fractured by either holding too tight or pulling too hard on the wing. As Tracie said, birds bones are hollow, and very easily fractured up to a compound fracture. Birds, especially the small ones, are very delicate creatures, and must be treated as the fragile beings they are.

Thanks for writing,

Mar 23, 2010
First wing clip
by: The Avian Vet

First time wing clips are stressful. If there is a new feather growing in, that can be a little painful, even if it was not clipped or bled. It may also be restraining him to tightly or incorrectly caused the discomfort. If he is till favoring the wing 24 hours after the incident, then you need to have him looked at by an avian veterinarian.

Dr B

Mar 22, 2010
Budgie wing problem after clipping
by: Tracie

Dr B will eventually answer this, but my guess is that the wing may have been injured when you held it for clipping. They have fragile hollow bones, and I have known birds that had chest injuries from people holding the bird too tight.

Hopefully Dr B will have time to answer this soon for you.

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