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Sun Nov 11, 2012, 04:34 PM

Removing the parrot's flight permit

Well today not only did my conures got the big change (birds hate it). But also a neighbors's bird that is quite the flier. She has MS and the bird was getting to be a handful, reason 1000 why you do this every so often. I am getting good, managed to do this chore with three middle sized parrots and avoided the beaks.

That is always a plus!

Mine only got one wing done...really it's all that is needed. And at least mine are NOT pouting. But they mostly spend time on the floor anyway. They also got treats afterwards.

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nadinbrzezinski Nov 2012 OP
Curmudgeoness Nov 2012 #1
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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 06:57 PM

1. You should always clip only one wing.

If both wings are clipped, the bird can still possibly stabilize itself to fly. But with only one wing clipped, the bird who tries to fly will always fly only toward the ground. At least this is what my vet told me when I had my macaw.

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Response to Curmudgeoness (Reply #1)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 07:11 PM

2. There are two schools of thought

The one wing school (what my birds got) leads to Woodstock flight patterns.

The two wing school (and owner asked for that) allows them for a controlled landing. My vet usually does both.

Me, hate to keep them wrapped more than necessary, so one wing is enough.

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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Reply #2)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 07:43 PM

3. My bird was always able to have a controlled landing,

with just the one wing, but could never get a lift. I will not say that it was pretty, but it was controlled. She never landed on her head.

But I am with you, one is probably less traumatic for the bird. I was so lucky, since my bird was good about it and did not need to go through wrapping or holding down. She would let me extend her wing and clip as well as hold her foot up for nail clipping.

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Response to Curmudgeoness (Reply #3)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 07:46 PM

4. That is lucky indeed.

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