Clipping Your Bird’s Wings – 10 Reasons Not to Clip
To Clip or Not to Clip? That is the question. This simple question is often debated and probably one of the topics that comes up most frequently on bird and parrot related forums. Though some people feel very strongly about trimming or clipping wings. The decision is ultimately a personal decision that each bird or parrot owner must make. Some of the reasons detailed below may not make much (if any) sense but these are the most frequently given reasons given by those that decide NOT to trim or clip their pet bird or parrot wings. Youll also notice that some of these reasons not to clip or trim wings arent already true or logical but theyre nevertheless frequently given as reasons not to trim or clip wings.
Its not necessary because the bird lives in large flighted aviary. To be able to teach flight commands and have the bird fly on command. Birds that learn how to fly, also called fledging, tend to be better balanced pets in the long-run. Its unnatural to deny them the pleasure of flying and its amazing to see them fly, hover and maneuver. A bad or botched wing clip can cause balance problems. The owner is afraid to do it themselves. A bad or botched wing clip can cause blood feather problems such as broken blood feathers if unprotected by the complete wings. The cost to go to vet to have the wings clipped is too expensive. To give the bird the ability to fly out of harms way (cats, dogs, etc) if necessary. A bad or botched wing clip can cause or start destructive feather behavior.
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