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my parakeet's wings are clipped but can still fly #350722 02/05/09 04:55 AM
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Hi i have two parakeets 1 boy 1 girl i clipped both their wings the boy can not fly but the girl still flys just like she did before can anyone help?

Re: my parakeet's wings are clipped but can still fly [Re: Christian] #350724 02/05/09 05:14 AM
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Hey , I just saw your post I was about to log off, I have my bird clipped by a professional, but if you look at the link below it has a picture guide on how to do it, did you perhaps do a "glider" cut on one by accident, even clipped my Coco can fly a little she just cannot gain much height. Sorry this is the best I could find I am sure by tomorrow you'll get lots more advice, welcome to the forums.

http://www.wineintro.com/forum/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=296984&page=1

Re: my parakeet's wings are clipped but can still fly [Re: Coco's Mama] #350731 02/05/09 05:40 AM
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Welcome and yes, it depends just how many feathers are clipped off, how much flight they have. You do want to be careful not to cut too many or they can hurt themselves plopping down to the floor. When I first got Caico, he dive bombed his way to the floor. It used to worry me a lot. Right now they are all flighted so I don't have to worry about that.

I did clip their wings for a long time though and normally clipped the first 6 to 7 feathers.

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welcome to the forum,I agree if the correct feathers aren't cut to a certain size then a budgie can fly but not to high.coco's mom give you the link as to correct way to cut wings.


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Re: my parakeet's wings are clipped but can still fly [Re: Coco's Mama] #350767 02/05/09 06:07 PM
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thanks for the link but i clipped almost all her feathers and she can still fly just like before

Re: my parakeet's wings are clipped but can still fly [Re: Christian] #350772 02/05/09 06:34 PM
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that's unusual...I know I cut my birds myself, and I give them a long cut, or a glider cut, so that although they are limited, if they are already up high, it looks just like they are flying, because they can catch an air current and navigate where they want to be.

They are experienced fliers however (ha ha, now! anyone remember Josie's first flight? I will never forget it!)



Re: my parakeet's wings are clipped but can still fly [Re: Christian] #350773 02/05/09 06:34 PM
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Without knowing how she flew before it is very hard to access if there is a problem. A full flighted keet should be able to fly about 75 feet round trip at or above head level in about four seconds. In that amount of time they can dodge corners make a turn and return to their cage top. If that is how she was flying before and she is still flying the same, then you have probably not clipped the wings properly. If she is able to flutter about five feet at about waist high and land on the floor without a thud she is probably done correctly.



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Re: my parakeet's wings are clipped but can still fly [Re: joandboys] #350812 02/05/09 09:37 PM
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If you still feel you did it right, it might be a good time to go to a vet and have them trim the wings. Most any vet will be happy to show you how and what they are doing along with explaining why.


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