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Old 01-02-2017, 08:30 AM
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Our two budgies, Cato and Molly have always had their flight feathers uncut and we allow them to fly a lot. Two months ago, we boarded them for a week and the Vet cut their flight feathers. Their feathers have finally grown back but they don't seem to want to come out of their cage unless we take them out. Once out, they stay on top of cage or fly onto the nearby shade but don't seem to want to fly around. Yesterday Cato, our American budgie, finally flew once around as normal but Molly, our English budgie also tried and still can't make her entire route she normally flies. Cato is about 6 years old and Molly is about 4 years old. Do you think they are not flying due to getting older? They eat and poop fine and act normal in all other respects. We are getting a little concerned at their lack of activity.

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Hi there,

It's true that budgies tend to slow down more as they get older.
The weather can also affect their overall enthusiasm and activity levels.
For example, they are generally more quiet in a darker, cloudy Winter day as opposed to a warmer and bright sunny day.

In order to increase your budgies' activity, you can make some changes to their play area, make it more appealing to them and depending on how tame they are, you can also encourage them by setting up interesting activities to keep them busy and even including yourself on their play time.
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Thanks for your thoughts on why our budgies are not coming out of their cage. Our budgies have loads of toys and even two cages each with toys and perches to boot! They used to fly a lot more back and forth between the cages and to our bamboo shade (now THEIR shade since they have use it as a chew toy!). I always pet them, play music and speak to them lovingly. They don't look overweight and don't feel like they've lost weight,and still, chirp, etc. It's just that they ALWAYS loved to come out of the cage and so we were a little concerned that clipping their wings (Vet's choice while boarding, not our choice) upset them Also wonder if not flying much since Cato's flying back to normal but Molly's flying is not quite there (she is our English Budgie and so bigger than Cato).
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aluz has given you excellent advice and I agree that budgies can become less active as they age.

On a different note --

Did you ask the vet why he/she took it upon himself to clip their flight feathers without being asked?
I believe that action was totally inappropriate.

The fact the feathers were clipped after the birds had been fully flighted for so long would have been a big adjustment for them.
Even though the feathers have now grown back, it will take time for them to rebuild their confidence and muscle strength for flying.
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Actually, clipping their wings was a new policy on the part of our Vet that we found out about when we were dropping them off for boarding so they did not clip them without telling us. They did not clip their wings on prior stays. We love our Vet. He is board certified and extremely caring, and gentle with our birds as well as all of the creatures he cares for. His office apologized that they had to start to do this to protect against the birds accidentally getting loose when being handled.
Your suggestion about them regaining confidence and strength sounds right. We took them out of the cage so we could clean it and changed out all of their toys. They sat on the shade and watched us unperturbed and allowed us to pet and hold them; Cato flew around his normal loop twice and Molly flew a short hop. They seem content when out so hopefully they will begin to start coming out on their own again soon.

Thanks for your advice; it's appreciated
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Thanks for the clarification with regard to the wing-clipping.
I'm very glad to know you were informed ahead of time and that you are pleased with the care your Avian Vet gives your budgies.
It is important for us to have confidence and faith in the professionals to whom we entrust our little ones!

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