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Old 08-03-2019, 08:27 PM
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You guys!!! Coco has been through her first malt and her flight feathers have grown back in. (The breeder had clipped them) She seems so much happier now. She loves to jump on my hand (open palm) and come out of her cage now. It took a lot of patience but we have made some big progress. She’s a total sweetheart and so so loving and tame. I’m so glad I stuck with it and built the trust with her. She is so joyful. She flew down the hall and then returned to my arm. I was like wow!!! This is so great. When I went to the pet store/breeder I got her from she asked when I was going to bring her in for grooming. I am hesitant to clip her wings. The clerk at the store was saying horrible stories about birds that fly into walls/windows and hurt themselves more easily when fully flighted and that I should bring her in right away to clip. What do you guys think?? Before coco would fly into walls and pictures frames and flop to the floor. It was not good. Now she seems to have somewhat better landing and aim. Is this normal? Thoughts appreciated & I’ll add a photo of my little tropical coconut with my son...
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Old 08-03-2019, 09:02 PM
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So good to hear that things have turned out so well. In my opinion birds that can fly lead a more natural life, I do not clip any of my birds. Usually once a bird is used to the surroundings they can navigate quite well and do not crash into things, providing you are not constantly moving things around and your household is not one where there are children and other animals constantly running around and causing chaos. If they were startled and just took off from where they were in a panic, then you might find that they would fly into something but it would be out of the panic and fear from whatever spooked them. Birds should always be supervised when out of the cage and you must make sure all doors and windows are closed or have a screen on them, toilet seats closed and don't allow them in the kitchen. Mirrors can be a problem because the bird thinks it can fly through them so you must take precautions not to let that happen. If you decide to clip the wings now, since Coco has now had a taste of what it is like to be a bird and fly, you may find her very frustrated if again she loses the ability to fly. You can get a clip that still allows for some flight but the bird cannot get too much lift, if you decide to do that make sure that whoever is doing the clip knows what they are doing, and not clip all the flight feathers, if you have an avian vet that would be the best place to take her.
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I have never clipped any of my birds wings. The first time they came out of the cage they did bump into the walls a bit but not hard enough to hurt themselves and very quickly learned the boundaries of the room. Birds love to fly, it's a natural thing for them. Additionally birds with clipped wings are more prone to obesity since they don't get the exercise from flying.
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I have 3 budgies, none of them have ever been clipped and they’ve never bumped into anything. I didn’t let them out of their cage until they’d settled in. While settling in, they’re watching and learning, so by the time they were ready for out of cage time, they knew the layout of the room. As everyone else has said, flying is natural for budgies and it can affect them emotionally if that ability is taken away. My 3 love to come out of their cages and fly zoomies around the room. They deliberately just miss my head or ear as they’re flying past. I’m sure it’s a game to them to see how close they can get.


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Thank you guys! She seems so much happier now. More confident too. She has a pretty good idea of the room and is getting more adventurous as the days go by. I can’t imagine taking this from her. We have mirrors and all dangerous (calling fans, ext) birdie proof. I’m so happy with her progress. I have to encourage any new budgie mom to stay consistent and patient. It is so worth it !!! Thank you all for your ideas and info. I greatly appreciate your advice and experience.
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I'm so glad to hear that Coconut's flight feathers have grown back in and hope you will choose to keep her fully flighted.
Coconut will be much healthier and happier this way!!

All of my birds are fully flighted.

They learn very quickly and once a bird gets used to a rooms dimensions, you generally don't have to worry about walls, windows or mirrors being a problem.

I would recommend that the breeder from whom you purchased Coconut join the forum to learn about the "best practices" for budgies' optimal health and well-being.

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