Clipped or Flighted
Posted 15 December 2011 - 05:25 AM
If anyone is interested in the story:
When I first started out, I went the typical clipped route because I thought that was what you were 'supposed to do'. But then I did some research and determined that it was better for my birds to be flighted(for their overall happiness). So they we're flighted. But then one day a slipped up and my cockatiel flew out the door.(I did get him back 2 weeks later though, luckily) I vowed that I would never have flighted birds after that ordeal. So my birds were clipped for 2 years. But when I got Kirby(my rose breasted cockatoo) 8 months ago I read over and over how beneficial flight is to their health(since they are prone to obesity) so I let him be flighted and at that point I decided it was only fair to let Quinn be flighted too, so I let his grow out too.
However, this time I've been working diligently to train them both recall in case I ever do slip up again, and they have both caught on very well.
:wbc:Quinn- 3 year old Black Headed Caique
:i.momo:Kirby- 9 year old Rose Breasted Cockatoo
Posted 15 December 2011 - 08:02 AM
Posted 15 December 2011 - 08:14 AM
I think clipping or keeping the bird fully flighted can be a two edged sword. It cuts both ways. There are times when clipping helps you recover a lost bird but other times when clipping causes the bird to be carried out of sight or into a high tree by even a gentle breeze. A fully flighted bird may fly many miles in a very short time but on the other hand its ability to fly may keep it safe till it can be recovered and also make recovery easy because the bird can turn back and come home. This is especially true of birds who are used to being outside and are recall trained.
In the house the wings that can carry a bird into danger can help it to avoid danger on other occasions. A clipped birds wings may sometimes keep it safe and at other times stop it from avoiding danger.
At the end of the day we can only do our best.
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