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Old 12-24-2016, 10:05 AM
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I was telling someone on facebook about how Hyde fly's and how he's very unsafe about it flying into anything solid in an attempt to get away from anything non bird and he will bash himself into windows, walls, railings and really anything so for his safety I keep his wings clipped and I do give him the opportunity to let them grow in and see if he can handle being out and about for the whole year I've had him but my hopes are crushed

I'm thinking because he's the one who's been in his previous owners cats mouth before that he's traumatized but someone suggested he might be particularly blind....I'm honestly not 100% sure how to tell I watched a couple videos on full blown blind budgies and he doesn't seem to pisses some of the characteristics displayed by those birds

So could Hyde be traumatized for life or is the idea he's partially blind still on the table? I have relocated the birds to my room so he can have a more secure environment to have free time in and since I've posted about my budgies not liking me I found allot of good resources here to get them to trust me more and the others are starting to come around and allowing me to handle them better so I am trying on that note

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You can try to have a general idea on eye response and coordination by using a small item familiar to your budgie, like a toy for example or a favourite treat and show this item by placing it on your budgie's field of view.
When or if your budgie is focused on the object, you can carefully move it to left and right and see if your budgie's eyes will follow the object or not.

You should also have some clues to Hyde's eyesight by observing his general behaviour, the way he moves around while in the cage and approaches objects, finds food, etc.

Most likely, Hyde's eyesight is perfectly normal and the problem on his flights may be due lack of coordination and of correctly identifying the distances when flying. If he is more of a nervous budgie who scares easily, this can also contribute to crash landings, because when in a panic, they fly faster to get away and then they will also crash more easily as a consequence.
Besides doing a safety clip on the flight feathers, you can also limit the space in the room when it comes to flight range and strategically place some nets over the walls/furniture in order to cushion the crash landing and prevent your budgie from hitting hard into a wall or object.
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Thank you I'll still try and test his vision he's never done anything out of the usually compared to my other boys and you reminded me that I actually have some old mesh canopy material from when that was popular LOL I should be able to rig that up for him!
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