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Erincabrera 04-09-2019 01:14 AM

Baby budgie flys into stuff
Our new baby budgie has clipped wings. When we hold her she sometimes flys from our shoulder or her play perch haphazardly and lands on the floor or other furniture. Sometimes she hits the bed or chair or wall. Not too bad or anything (thank goodness!!) but is this typical? How can I help her not to crash land? (Mirrors and windows are safe/closed and covered). Has anyone experienced this?

Cody 04-09-2019 10:25 AM

Yes this is typical but since you just got this bird it is a bit too early to be allowing her out of the cage. Also birds generally do not like to be held so perhaps she is trying to escape from that by trying her best to fly. She needs to get used to her new home and you and your family first. It is dangerous right now for her to be trying to fly, and crashing into things is not good for her. She will continue to crash land and not be able to fly well until she molts out the clipped feathers and new ones grow in, it will be a few months before that happens.

Erincabrera 04-09-2019 02:35 PM

Thank you Cody. I think you are right we need to take it slower with Coconut. I would feel terrible if she hurt herself. I do believe we will keep her wings clipped regularly so I just wonder how we will transition her to fly a little from here to there without injury. How can you teach them to fly to something specific? Maybe using treats but its still too soon. Thanks again for your feedback I appreciate it.

Cody 04-09-2019 07:37 PM

If you are going to keep her clipped you don't have to have a severe clip, you can have a less severe clip and with that she will be able to fly a bit but not be able to get much lift so at least with that she will not be falling to the floor she would be able to glide without dropping. It is normal for all birds to want to fly so she will always want to try her best to do so. After she has settled in a bit more you may want to start to train her to step up either to your finger or a perch, that would be a good start but much patience is required on your part, you have to go at her pace and never try to force a behavior.

FaeryBee 04-09-2019 07:54 PM

Why are you planning to keep Coconut's wings clipped?
Budgies that are fully flighted are generally much healthier and happier.

Erincabrera 04-16-2019 03:56 PM

Thank you for the response. She steps up and is doing really great...

Erincabrera 04-16-2019 03:58 PM

Oh, really? I didn't know that. I figured the clip would keep her safer at home from being able to fly into anything too hard. (the wall, door, ect) but perhaps I will rethink my choice. Right now she has one wing clipped and it makes her unbalanced when she fly's

Cody 04-16-2019 04:07 PM

All my birds fly around and don't bang into anything. Once they are familiar with the space they maneuver quite well. I do not have any mirrors in the space and all windows have at least a sheer fabric in front so as not to appear to be able to fly through them.

FaeryBee 04-16-2019 09:43 PM

Once a budgie learns the dimensions of a room having uncovered windows does not pose a problem.

I previously had my budgies in a large room with patio doors which were uncovered during the birds out-of-cage time.

Now that I'm in FL, the birds have their own rooms and their windows are uncovered during the birds out-of-cage time every day.
None of my birds has flown into any walls or windows in our new home.

Once a budgie can maneuver (which is much easier for them when they are fully flighted) they can easily turn, dive and are quite surprising to watch when they fly. :)

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