Posted 23 September 2012 - 08:22 PM
You will learn you should never clip just one wing. The idea of a clip is to still allow the bird flight while slowing them down a bit and making it more difficult for them to fly high up where you cannot reach them. A safe clip never results in a bird dropping to the floor like a rock when they attempt to fly. They can split their breast and break their keel bone if this happens. When you clip just one wing they cannot control themselves at all, instead they will spiral around and fall.
The video I linked to suggests you clip all ten feathers on a cockatiel to avoid flight. I suggest you start with the outer 4 or 5 on each wing first, and don't cut them quite as short as the video indicates. You can always take more off but you can NEVER add more back on a too short feather.
Lastly, want to suggest you wait at least a week after getting your bird before you make the decision to clip. You may find you don't need to. A flighted bird is a healthier bird and obviously birds are intended to fly. But, if you live in a household with people who will forget to monitor doors and turn off ceiling fans when the bird is uncaged, then you may decide that clipping is the best idea.
I just have to repeat: do NOT clip so short that s/he cannot fly. Clipping should allow the bird to fly lower to the floor and maybe not quite as fast, but it should never, ever remove flight completely. That is definitely not safe, especially if you have other pets.
Posted 25 September 2012 - 04:29 AM
Only a bird that is weak or was not allowed to fledge may not be able to fly that well.
I hear all the time about cockatiels that were clipped that still managed to fly away away.
The trouble is that if they do get away and into a high tree it will be very daunting for them to fly back down. This is even hard for a flighted bird to do until it is used to it.
Example I have rehomed a lost tiel This year that had primary's on both wings clipped and tail feathers, yet it could still fly well enough to escape it's owner. Fly around the house of those that found it and had also been outside flying twice. yes Tiels can still fly clipped. and the dangers still exist.
Yes clipping will make training easier. but not considered Positive Reinforcement Training..
Clipping is up to you, only you can decide what is the better option for your given situation. But I like to think about from the birds prospective.
As you will see there are people from both sides of the clipping debate.
I am biased and have trained fully flighted birds. Yes it can take longer, but I feel the relationship is stronger because of it. Birds are intelegent and do understand when a giant comes along and takes it flight away.
The one wing clip is still put out there for some reason? It is the most dangerous clip of them all and should of never been thought of.
Posted 25 September 2012 - 03:16 PM
A flighted bird has a better chance avoiding predation if outdoors.
My birds enjoy free flight outdoors.
Tiki -----sun conure---------------♂ hatched--3-9-6
Peepy - blue pacific parrotlet -♀ hatched--7-7-7
Ruby ---green winged macaw-♀ hatched--8-22-7
Bud -----me--------------------------♂ hatched --5-7-48
Posted 17 October 2012 - 09:09 PM
Fredddie Girl- Feline- rescue
Zombiiie- Jenday Conure- Little pet shop
Bunny- Human- Hatched by zoo keepers
Wolf- Human- Found under a rock
Put us all together and what do you have: Nothing but a couch full of unconditional and non-judgemental love!!
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