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Old 10-07-2015, 01:34 PM
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It appears as though little Miss Whitey's flight wings are almost completely grown in already! I had her on my finger and she flew, with control, all the way to her cage on the other side of the room! I also notice her using her wings when moving about the cage, she is moving much more smoothly and with such grace.

She still can't fly up from the floor, though. She flew off her playpen the other day and still needed mommy's help to get back up.

I was considering whether to keep all of my baby's wings clipped, as they have vet appointments coming up in two weeks, but seeing the control with which she flies makes me second guess clipping her wings. She seems to enjoy it so.

The boys, on the other hand, are a different story. Though their flight feathers have not grown in yet (Duckie is getting there), I fear that they would hurt themselves by flying into something, as they seem to be a bit reckless at times. I did take the time to budgie-proof as best as I can, but I worry about something like them flying into a wall.

Would it be wrong to clip all of their wings except hers? Should I give the boys a chance and see how it works out?

I really want my budgies to feel what it is like to fly!

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Old 10-07-2015, 02:20 PM
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I would let all the birds fly, if they are familiar with their surroundings they should be fine. It doesn't take long for them to get the hang of it. None of my birds are clipped, a couple of them were when I first got them and it was heartbreaking for me to see how much they wanted to fly but had to wait until their flight feathers grew in to do so.
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I would let all the birds fly, if they are familiar with their surroundings they should be fine. It doesn't take long for them to get the hang of it. None of my birds are clipped, a couple of them were when I first got them and it was heartbreaking for me to see how much they wanted to fly but had to wait until their flight feathers grew in to do so.
Thanks for your input. My budgies wings were clipped when I got them also. I haven't touched them yet, and it was so exciting to see Miss Whitey fly for the first time! It is so sad to see the others flap their wings so hard trying to fly.

I think I will take your advice and tell the vet not to clip their wings.
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Old 10-07-2015, 03:33 PM
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If they were clipped and haven't molted in new flights yet they don't need clipped. I agree with Cody, and after initial come home clip, my bird's have never been clipped again...
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I third that opinion, I believe that birds should not ever be clipped (unless for safety purposes, but never a full clip) and even though it can be a little scary watching them figure out their surroundings, when they do realize where everything is, it's amazing watching them claim the air with their wings and perfectly maneuver

Since you said everything is budgie-proofed, I would let all their flights grow in and if it's super obvious that after a few months there's one that just isn't figuring it out and it's endangering his safety, you can ask a vet to do a "safety clip" so he doesn't get up to speed but still can fly
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I dont believe in clipping budgies wings. I think it is very cruel. You should tame them with love and trust.
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If your only reason for not having the boys fly is because they might hurt themselves, then I think you should let them fly IMO. They'll learn their surroundings soon enough. If they aren't with full wings, and aren't able to fly literally full speed into a wall or window, most likely they'll be fine with a little crash landing as they learn.

I've had birds both ways over the years. Fully flighted, and clipped. Whether or not, depended on the circumstances and particulars in the home at the time.

When I first got Mink from the bird store, her wings were clipped SO super short. She never fledged, and when I took her home, the lady warned me over and over to pleeeeease keep her wings clipped! Poor thing would drop like a lead weight they had clipped her so extreme. I guess she had heard of too many budgies flying away, and was overly paranoid about it! I think that Budgies especially are a species that should be flighted, but if for safety reasons like I have to now, keep them very light clipped so that they can't get into danger, but they could at least fly some.
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I think the boys will do just fine as soon as they learn the room's dimensions.
All of my budgies are fully flighted and LOVE zooming around at full speed.
Sometimes is looks like they are pretending they are on the Indianapolis 500 Speedway and it's amazing how quickly they can turn!
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I totally understand the feeling when you see a bird just enjoying its ability to fly... it's hard to clip after that. I also understand why people clip, and there are extra risks for flighted birds... we all have to make our own decisions there.

Some budgies are a bit reckless (or maybe just dumb) but you can help them out a lot by sticking a bunch of post-it notes on windows and mirrors to give them a clue there's a solid object there until they get the hang of it.

Also if they will sit on your hand, you can show them windows are solid by holding them up to it and letting them tap the glass. They do have pretty good memories... I was very worried Harry might try to fly through the sliding glass doors in the living room but he seems to treat them like a wall after I showed him they were solid.
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Don't clip! Let them fly! It's what nature intended, and seems less cruel to me...:-)
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