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Old 12-14-2016, 06:28 PM
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So I am asking a question referring to my previous post.

Hi! I'm new around here.

I have an 8 month male budgie and he's hand tame/trained to me. He'll sleep and rest on my shoulder, and play around. Also, I got him about a month ago.

I've noticed he doesnt stay with me for long though. His wings are clipped and he tries to fly around. Is he trying to get away from me or is he adventuring? Earlier I was talking to some friends in the kitchen and he was just sitting on my shoulder and all of a sudden he just randomly flies onto the fridge.

Heres my question:
His wings are currently clipped, should I let them grow back since he likes to fly alot? I live in a one-story house and I'm not sure if he'll get hurt or get into trouble. I have a couple ceiling fans that he could fly onto but nothing much else.

So to sum it up, should I let his wings grow back or keep them clipped?

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Personally, I like my budgie to have all his wings and they've never been clipped.

That said, I watch him very closely during out of cage time, and I don't have any ceiling fans.

If you feel like you can mitigate and be responsible enough to ensure that every time he is out of his cage that all of the dangers are managed among you and your household anyone in the house (i.e. all fans always in the off position with no risk of them being turned on, no stoves on, no open bodies of water (filled glasses, pots of soup, toilet seats up, etc.), all toxic houseplants removed, no random opening doors, etc etc ... I'm a big supporter of fully flighted budgies.

But you would have to research all of the hazards (there's a post I think it's called "50 Dangers" or something).... I prefer to have fully-flighted bird.

I think you will get more experienced advice than I can give, that's my opinion and personal preference, however I think it boils down to whether you think you are capable of keeping your budgie safe by taking the necessary precautions, and how well you think you can control your environment for the safety of your budgie.

I think in the other thread Aluz let you know that even the tamest budgies love to move around, fly from place to place, and they're not the type of bird that stays in one spot for too long. That's just how they are and how they're made. Even the tamest of the tame.

My budgie is very tame and has a bit of a routine. He will sit on his play gym for a reasonable amount of time (say 30 - 45 mins)...if it's in the evening and he is getting tired.... just relaxing on his perch if the tv is on. He'll chill there if he's tired as if it's part of his cage.

I always have him in the corner of my eye... but if that gives you a sense of a how a budgie might stay put for a bit. He'll come see me, but he has no interest in sitting on me for 30 - 45 min. (5 - 10 min. tops and 10 is really pushing it). I think bigger birds might do that (macaws? No idea... but it's not a budgie trait.)

(I never did any shoulder training because I don't care to have a bird on my shoulder. a) I can see him, and b) he's just pooping on my shirt or nibbling on it. The idea of a shoulder budgie never interested me.) I'll plop him on my shoulder sometimes for a minute if I'm working with him and need a quick hands-free & have to rest him somewhere... but the shoulder idea isn't my thing.

Some people let their birds come and go around the house and they can give you better advice about that. I have a neighbor who lets her birds out in the am and they're out all day and then they go in at night.

I'm more about monitored "out of cage" times, because I don't feel like my home is budgie proof enough to not always have an eye on my budgie.

Hope that helps...
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Your ceiling fans should never be turned on when your budgie is having out of cage time whether his wings are clipped or not.

Wing clipping is a very personal decision and the subject has resulted in many heated threads on the forum with members on both sides of the debate.

I would prefer you read the article on Wing Clipping and come to your own decision rather than opening the topic on the forum yet again.

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