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Old 02-12-2018, 06:43 AM
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Oh my gosh okay so I got my budgie a couple weeks ago and today I trimmed his wings because I was told that it would help with the training but when I turn the light off to go to bed he keeps falling down to the bottom of the cage and I'm so worried he's going to hurt himself or already has and I feel like such a idiot foe trimming his wings and I'm so worried he's hurt his chest there's no blood and he's still moving around but he fluffs his feathers up amd I can't tell if this is because he's happy like he usually does or if it's because he's hurt whenever he falls I pick him up to check and I pat his chest and it doesn't feel any different and he doesn't move away like it's hurting or anything but I'm so worried that's he has hurt himself or is going to and I just feel like a horrible person for trimming his wings is there anything I can do? Any way I can stop him from falling down and hurting himself someone please help

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Old 02-12-2018, 07:19 AM
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It's extremely unfortunate you decided to clip your budgie's wings yourself without proper instruction or knowledge.
Did you get this bird from a pet store?
Most pet stores already have clipped the birds' wings before they release them to the new owner.
Put a soft towel on the bottom of the cage so if he falls he isn't injured.
Post a picture of his wings so we are able to see what you've done.
Did you clip both wings and are you sure you didn't cut up into the secondary feathers?

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I'm sorry to hear that you were given such wrong information. Clipping the wings does not help with taming, it only makes them unable to get away from you when you approach if they are afraid, which actually leads to them being more fearful in the long run. The objective of taming and bonding is to gain their trust, not forcefully give them no other option. Also, they should have never told you to clip the wings yourself. It's very easy to hurt the bird like this.

I agree with FaeryBee, it's important to see how the feathers look. Obviously he's totally unbalanced and isn't able to move around normally as he's incapacitated by the loss of his feathers. He's probably even more scared now that you had to pick him up to trim his wings and it's probably not helping that you pick him up whenever he falls.

Budgies don't like to be petted or picked up and even if you little guy did, you should never touch him in the first few weeks of coming home as he needs time to adjust to his environment. If he's not fighting when you pick him up, he's probably being submissive because he's terrified

If he falls very hard and is unable to get around at all, put a soft towel at the bottom of the cage so that if he falls on it, he won't get injured, as FaeryBee said. Be sure that his nails can't get caught in the fibres; a smooth cloth with no frayed edges is best.

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Hi all, thank you for the help, I did a lot of reasearch before clipping the wings I made sure I got them 100% even and only did the primary flight feathers, I know I did it right because yesterday I had Lumi on his training perch and he glided to the bed to sit next to me, it appears he can still glide it's just that landing that doesn't seem very good as he keeps landing on his chest, I should clarify that I didn't completely clip the wings, just the clip so he can still fly he just can't gain any height, Lumi (my budgie) isn't afraid of me or terrified, I got him from a breeder with hundreds of birds and he has been hand rearing Lumi just for me, he said that I should start training right away and sure enough Lumi learned step up in day one and actually gets upset when I leave and he can't see me, thank you for the advice about the towel, it seems like I good idea, I'll find one and make sure Lumi has a soft landing in his cage from now on, I don't know if last night was bad for Lumi or if it was just him getting used to not being able to fly upwards, thanks for the advice again
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Thank you for the clarification in your post.
Your first post was quite alarming!

Please be aware that even a hand-reared budgie with clipped wings may change in behavior when it reaches about 3 months old.
That is when they become more independent as their hormones kick in.

https://www.talkbudgies.com/budgie-be...ggressive.html

https://www.talkbudgies.com/budgie-be...l-budgies.html

We'd love for you to share a picture of your budgie in the Budgie Pictures section of the forum and tell us his name.
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