Monday, November 7, 2011

What do you think To wing clip or not to wing clip a parrot?

Wing to Wing clip or no clip, it is the question.

This is a question most pet bird owners will marvel at one time or another. There is so much written about this topic, you probably feel that it gets done to death, I have not read any articles written by breeders on this topic, and I felt an article from a breeders point of view can help a different perspective to give Cut wings in relation to the African gray parrots, Amazon parrots, macaws, cockatoos and Conures.

It seems to me that there are different types of potential buyer. There is the person who already had some experience in keeping a parrot as a pet and want to buy another, and there is the absolute beginners who have never had a bird, and no experience what it means to be a bird living in a home environment. It is usually the last to include some research and read various articles written about that this is harmful to a baby bird health and welfare of clips. They are led to believe that the bird does not develop properly if it is cut, it will suffer mentally and can plucking or develop another phobic behavior. A pair is also under the misconception that wing clipping is a permanent condition, and the feathers will never grow. This is not the case if the bird is properly truncated. But I have seen some cases where the birds are so badly shaved, the feather follicles permanently damaged and it is my recommendation that blade for cutting needs, always a reliable breeder or avian veterinarian to do this before you contact. Maybe we should follow this article, by showing people of different safe methods wing clipping.

People have also led to believe that they will be able to train the baby bird to obey you on command and behave like a dog. This is rather misleading. Birds are not dogs. For this article let's assume that your bird can be trained to your commands to obey How long does it take the train the bird, and what are you doing in the intervening period when he flies to the top of the door and the kids go in and frightened him and he flies to the window and breaks his neck or suffer permanent brain damage, or slam the door and falls, breaks his leg or worse. I am sure that all breeders their own examples of these situations as me.

Then there are households with children! Took the kids, yes, I agree, but they will remember him on their shoulders when they answer the door and what do you do when their friends come around and they do not realize that they close their doors. I feel that these problems be addressed and not just by saying they should not be a good bird as a pet then. But by giving them the choice of a temporary solution until all are trained to think bird and the bird is comfortable with his surroundings and the members of his new flock. If a new bird is fully flighted and he flies out, no error, he is gone. He does not know where he is, he does not know who these people are, and nothing is known about him that he just wants to keep flying.

When a baby bird first goes to a new home is obviously very different from the safe environment, which he left with the breeder, who always keep their birds well-being at the top of their list of priorities, and they would not be subjected to any dangers. The new house is lovely all the bird much attention, but they must remember to close all windows and drawn curtains, so he did not fly into windows. Are all doors closed. What happens with these fully flighted bird in the summer when everyone is outside, he must stay in his cage. As he does when the kids play in the event that they leave doors or windows open a bird that has been cut in these circumstances is part of the family and can go wherever you go. If he is on your shoulder do not have to remember to back him in the cage to the door he can go with your answer. In short, it is better to cut a bird is a missing, lost or maimed bird.

Mowing is not permanent, and if done properly confine the birds ability to fly, and when the bird molts, the new owner in a position to make an informed decision to cut him and he can handle a full-flighted bird. As with everything, nothing is black and white and never say a wing clip or alternatively you should always wing clip is too dogmatic an attitude to have. Unfortunately we have a situation now where there is so much publicity, if not wing clipping birds, as many veterinarians refuse to bird wings clip. This leads to people either find someone who may or may not be experienced for the bird to clip them, and in one case, particularly where these unfortunate attitude has led to the loss of an African gray parrot flew from its cage by its owner entered the open dies. The owner had taken him to the vet to get his wings clipped, but he refused to do it and said it was harmful to his health and wellbeing. Where are the poor bird now. Possibly with a person who cares if he is lucky if he can not possibly have been victims of crows, rooks and hawks. But he no longer trusted the loving home he knows and his family who loves him. Last summer there were hundreds of reports of lost birds, I wonder if they would all be lost if their flight was a bit limited.

I think as long as we birds as part of our lives, we have a duty to protect them against risk, and if that means that we are their ability to fly in order to limit this is something we could do. Remember, this is not a permanent condition, and if it is cut feather molt and grow new you can start training your bird, and when he fully regains his flight will cut probably not necessary. I hope somehow to show that there is a viewpoint and a different approach to the subject of wing clipping. I would however like to point out that this article does not cut the wings of a baby lawyer should be fully aware of the flight. It is also not an advocate clipping clippings will.

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