i wasn't really sure where to put this…
when i first took bowie out, i didn't clip his wings because i thought he wasn't a great flyer. it turned out that he could fly pretty well and crashed into a wall, in which i then picked him up and gave him the normal clip that all my birds get when they first come out.
bowie has a weak foot too. recently he has been growing his feathers back. i clipped 5 on each wing and he has 1 flight on one wing and 3 on the other. i have been taking him on the floor and raising him up and down so he will flap his wings some then i make him fly about a foot up from my finger to a perch. after i do that a few times i make him fly back to the tree.
if i put him on either of the flight cages, he will just sit rather than fly the short distance to the tree. he would rather sit all day than fly to the tree with everyone else.
a while a go, he went to the vet twice a few months apart and i was happy to see that he gained a little wait, but yesterday i picked him up to clip a few nails and i found that he was quite chubby! i think his constant sitting has made him gain a noticeable amount of weight. i want him to start flying so he can get muscle rather than fat, but how can i encourage him to fly with the others?
for my other pets: cat, rabbit, 6 fish tanks, 2 fire belly newts, 2 african dwarf frogs, 22+ crayfish, fish