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Hi I've just got a new hand raised baby budgie and the breeder said it's wings are taped. Do I have to remove the tape or does it eventually fall off with its first molt? I feel sorry for it. Is this a common thing?
 

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That sounds awful! I hope someone comes along soon to tell you how to safely remove the tape.

That must be very distressing for the little bird :eek:
 

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Why are the wings taped, how old is the baby? Can you post a picture? No it is not common.
 

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It's flight feathers are taped. U can't really see cos they are tucked under and I don't want to stress it out grabbing it at the moment. Its instead of clipping the wings so it can't fly away. I haven't heard of it before. I only just got it yesterday, apparently its hand raised but it's very scared. I'm guessing 6ish weeks. I'll post pic. I think its a boy?
 

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It's flight feathers are taped. U can't really see cos they are tucked under and I don't want to stress it out grabbing it at the moment. Its instead of clipping the wings so it can't fly away. I haven't heard of it before. I only just got it yesterday, apparently its hand raised but it's very scared. I'm guessing 6ish weeks. I'll post pic. I think its a boy?
6 weeks is also too young in my opinion, hopefully he was nicely weaned :(

Yep, that’s an adorable baby boy.

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You have a beautiful little boy. I have never heard of taping the wings, does it seem to bother him? I don't like wing clipping so I suppose this is a step better than clipping because once the tape is removed he is fully flighted. Do you know if the tape has an adhesive that is stuck to the feather or is it just like a bandage that wraps around the feathers and is stuck to itself that you could slide off?
 

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Hi, Welcome to Talk Budgies!

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Taping the wings is definitely NOT in accordance to what this forum considers to be "Best Practices".
I find it an appalling to think any breeder would do this to budgie chicks.
Removing the tape is going to be the best thing for Elvis in the long run.
Do you have anyone that can help you?
One person to hold Elvis and the other to work on getting the tape off?

Can you easily slide a scissors carefully inside the tape on both side and cut it to make it easier to work on removing it?

You can either try warm water with a tiny drop of Dawn original dish liquid OR you can try Renu Contact Solution to remove the stickiness of the tape.
Rinse either off with warm water when finished.


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Thankyou so much. I will tackle it when my husband gets home today. Hopefully it won't stress him too much. It's such a shame to have to do this and frighten him when he's just settling in. I'll let yius know if we have any issues. Thanks 😊
 

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Hello and welcome to the forums!

Poor little guy :( He's adorable, but I can't imagine how stressful it was to have his wings taped! :oops: FaeryBee has given great advice and resources above and I agree completely.

Meanwhile, you’ve come to a great place to learn even more about the best of budgie care practices! Please be sure to have a look around the forums’ many budgie articles and “stickies” to ensure you’re up to date on everything! If you have questions after doing so, please be sure to ask as we’d love to help.

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I'm pretty sure it's stuck to the feathers. That won't be nice getting off I'm sure 😬.
His name is Elvis
Try soaking the tape with warm water. It looks like masking tape or medical paper tape both of which don’t like water. It may take a little while and several applications but should work. When it comes off let your little man preen himself to get rid of any residue sticky. This is a cruel practice and the person who did this should be reported to the animal welfare association.
Regards and good luck
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Well, this is a new one one me and I've been around budgies a l-o-n-g time. Did the breeder provide any instruction about what to do about this? i.e. "It'll just fall off one day." The advice you've gotten above is excellent and what I would do. I bet your budgie will bounce right back from the procedure.
 
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