02-23-2018, 07:27 PM
I'm closing this thread as clipping wings is a very controversial topic on the forum and one we prefer not to have to revisit on a regular basis.
Clipping wings does not help with training.
All it does is make the budgie more submissive simply because it is unable to get away from the owner when it wants to.
Unfortunately, many breeders and pet stores insist on clipping budgies' wings before releasing them to their owners which I personally feel is unfair to the birds.
All of my birds are fully flighted at all times.
Taming and Bonding is all about TRUST.
It means helping your budgie learn to trust you and want to be with you - not to have to be with you because it has no choice in the matter.
Taming and Bonding is all about helping your budgie learn to trust you and it takes a great deal of time and patience on your part.
You should never grab your budgie or force him to be touched.
To bond with your budgie, you need to build his trust in you.
He will have to learn over time that you will not hurt him, grab him and try to force him to allow you to hold him.
To build your budgie’s trust, sit by his cage and read, talk or sing quietly to him for a period of at least 10-15 minutes, 3 or 4 times day. After the 2nd or 3rd day, rest your hand on the outside of the cage when you talk to him so he'll learn that your hand is safe and will not hurt him .
After a week, rest your hand inside the cage when you talk.
Don’t make sudden moves, don’t try to touch him .
Let him get used to the idea that the hand is now in his safe place and not harming him .
After 2 weeks, begin moving your hand slowly toward your budgie. If he becomes agitated, stop moving your hand and just hold very still until he calms down. When he's comfortable with your hand near him , you can offer him a bit of millet or a few seeds. In a few more days, you can begin your taming and bonding sessions.
Always work at your budgie's pace.
Move slowly and talk reassuringly and calmly whenever you interact with him .
Most budgies once they pass the "baby" stage, do not like to be petted or touched.
If your budgie does like to be petted, you should only ever pet his head, neck or chest area.
Stroking a budgie's back and/or tail stimulates its breeding instinct. Bonding means allowing them to choose to be with you.
People often also mistakenly clip their budgies' wings thinking it means they will be less likely to escape if they should somehow get outdoors (which, happens due to the owner's negligence in ensuring doors and windows are properly shut).
A budgie can still fly when its wings are clipped, it simply cannot achieve the height it could normally. Any bird that is outdoors without being securely in a cage and supervised at all times is subject to being severely injured or killed by various predators.
Please read the information in the attached link and make your own decision with regard to what you feel is best for your personal circumstances.