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Thread Description:My bird can't fly, debating getting another one and clipping it's wings.

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Old 01-01-2018, 08:55 PM
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I have a parakeet, Nikki, that can't fly due to a birth defect, and he's been alone since i got him because my vet thought he had a spreadable virus. Now that we have found out that isn't the case, i really want to get him a friend as i believe no budgie should be kept alone. But the problem is, when Nikki wants to go somewhere he tries to fly there, even though he can't fly. I'm pretty sure that if i were to get another bird and keep it flighted, Nikki would try to fly after ut and hurt himself. I'm debating on wether or not i should get the new bird's wings clipped to keep Nikki safe. I'm very against clipping birds' wings and i kind of view it as cutting off a person's legs, because it prevents them from being able to do natural behaviors and they also don't get as much exercise. I don't know if i should let the bird fly like it naturally would, or try to find other ways to keep Nikki safe. If anyone has any advice, help would be greatly appreciated! xx

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Hi there and to the forums!

I'm glad you're trying to think of the best ways to keep Nikki happy.

Budgies are flock animals and so shouldn't be kept where they aren't part of a group. Whether that's a human "flock" that includes them in activities and bonds with them or is another bird depends on the bird; some are "people birds" and are perfectly happy as a single bird (provided their human families spend lots of time with them) and others are happiest in the company of their own species. Either way, if you think Nikki is not happy as a single budgie and you decide to get him a friend, it's important to consider several things.

The first is that quarantine will be necessary, so be prepared to house his friend in a separate cage in a separate room of the house for at least 40 days to prevent the spread of possible illness from the new bird to Nikki.

It's important to make sure you have the resources to provide vet care to both birds as well as house them separately on a permanent basis if they don't get along.

As for clipping wings, I personally agree that its like cutting off a person's legs and don't agree with it unless it's for the individual bird's safety (i.e a small safety clip as a bird learns to fly, etc.). Considering the analogy, it wouldn't make sense if a disabled bird were only friends with other disabled birds.

Wing clipping is a very contentious subject so I will post the necessary link here for you to make that choice. I ask other members to please refrain from posting your opinions on wing clipping as in the end it is the original poster who will be making that personal choice.

I think that Nikki would be fine with a friend who is fully flighted, if that's a choice you decide to take. Having extensive perches, swings, ladders and playgrounds for Nikki both in and out of the cage that are easily accessible by both budgies will ensure that both of them can play together even if Nikki can't fly.

I hope this helps

It's great to have you here and we look forward to meeting Nikki and any other budgies when you get a chance

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Hi! to Talk Budgies

The fact that you are putting Nikki's needs first is very commendable!

How much time are you able to spend with Nikki on a daily basis?
If he is getting plenty of interaction from you regularly and consistently, he may be just fine and quite happy as a solo budgie.

There are many things to take into consideration before getting a second budgie.

Do you really want another pet?

If you decide to get another budgie in the future, please be sure to observe quarantine for the new budgie.

Quarantine means housing the new bird in a different cage in a different room than the current bird (as far away from the room the current bird is in as possible) for a period of 35-45 days.

Budgies mask symptoms when they are ill. Symptoms may not show up for over two weeks.
Often you will not even realize your bird is not well. Many budgie illnesses are airborne which is why you need to quarantine your new bird in a completely different room.

It is also a good idea to always take a new budgie in to see an Avian Vet for a "well-birdie" check-up. This allows you to develop a good relationship with the vet and the vet can establish a baseline for your bird in case of any future illnesses or injuries.

Distinction between an Avian Vet and a Vet that "Will See Birds"

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Introducing two birds

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Do you have the time, finances, etc to devote to another bird?

Are you ready, willing and able to house the new budgie separately on a permanent basis if it does not get along with your current bird after quarantine?

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