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Old 11-07-2019, 08:36 PM
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I have an avian vet tech who makes housecalls coming to my home on Saturday to check my girls/boys and hopefully tell me their genders as well as check them over for general health. These are my first birds so I just want to make sure I am doing the best for them that I can without stressing them out too much. I figured this would be less stressful than trying to take them in the car to a clinic.
What else should I expect from this first visit? Will she trim their beaks or nails? Can someone please explain what wing clipping is (sounds horrid)?
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I would not recommend wing clipping at all.
Keeping your birds fully flighted is really best for them and you shouldn't allow them outside their cage unless they are in a bird safe room.

Beaks should not need to be trimmed. You should have a cuttlebone and a mineral block in their cage and that will help them keep their beaks trimmed down on their own.

I doubt their nails will need to be trimmed at this point in time.
Most of my budgies have never needed to have their nails trimmed - they usually wear them down on their various perches.

If you post full frontal pictures of the birds' ceres taken in natural light (no direct sunlight and no flash) we can determine their genders for you.

This link will give you some idea of what an avian physical exam should entail:

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I agree with FaeryBee, I do not clip my birds wings, I feel to take away their ability to fly is taking away from a bird one of the things that makes them a bird. There have been a couple of times when I acquired a bird their wings were already clipped and I felt so bad for them, they wanted so much to fly and could not, once the clipped feathers fell out and were replaced they were so much happier being able to fly.
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As always, thank you so much for your expert opinions. I had no intention of getting their wings clipped as I feel badly enough keeping my beauties in a cage! I just wasn’t certain what it actually was. They have a cuttlebone but not a mineral block. I’ll get one tomorrow. They love their micro greens and broccoli and they get seeds and pellets so hopefully the absence of the mineral block has not been too detrimental. I have managed to get them to sit on and eat out of my hand so this weekend I will do the tent thing and let them out of the cage. I wanted to do it last weekend but...life. Oh...the pictures...my last ones were not clear enough because they were through the bars of the cage soI will try again but as I don’t let them fly free yet, it is challenging to get the shots required!
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