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I have a question...

When Hermes had his night fright and broke a blood feather he also knocked out basically all of his flights on his left wing.
He still has all of his flight feathers on the ride side though.

So my question is, should I clip his left wing to even things out until they all grow back in or should I just leave them? The vet said that they should take a couple of months to grow back in on the left side.

I just don't want him to try to fly and being lopsided have him spiral to a horrible crash on the floor, or into the wall. I don't want him to get hurt.

The thing is, it's taken him so long to grow in his flights in the first place that I don't want to cut them off!

Ugh! What do you guys think??



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coming from someone with the same situation, it can go either way... because then you have to wait for the other wing to fully grow in to clip... because once all those feathers grow back in, he will have a full wing on the other side... thus creating the same situation. i would leave his flights as they were.


this is one of tsuka's photos from when his feathers were always falling out and being broken and bashed in night frights... he had nearly no flights on his wings at a few points. and he grew them all back and can fly wonderfully now. so it may be better to leave hermes' wings as they are because in the end, either way he will be unbalanced... however, he will gradually get more balanced as his wing grows in, where clipping will make it opposite... going unbalanced as the wing grows in... get what i mean? i had a lot of trouble with tsuka too



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I'm by no means an expert, and maybe someone else will know better. Apollo broke his flights on the right, but has a full set on the left - as well as ALL his tail feathers being broken. He looks like he's clipped on one side and had a tail clipping. After it first happened, he would curve to the left. He corrected this after a few more flights. Not sure about Hermes, though since he's missing the flights. Apollo still has them - just shorter... Good luck!


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If clipping them would mean them getting even then that's something I would think of doing... Then again they could grow in unevenly and the whole thing would happen again Maybe letting them grow back naturally is the best idea,that what would happen in the Wild let us know on what you decide #

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HmMmm, that's what I was thinking, that once the flights grow back in if I had clipped his other wing then it'd be uneven all over again!
I think I'm just going to leave them and hope that his flights on the left grow back in super fast, lol!



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Well I think it would depend, before this happend did he fly much?
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That is a tricky one. It's lose lose really

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Well I think it would depend, before this happend did he fly much?
He was JUST learning to fly because he had just finished growing in all his flights. I was planning on letting him stay fully flighted because when he was clipped he would always try to fly anyways and that's how he kept breaking his tail feathers off...

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That is a tricky one. It's lose lose really
Gah, I know!! Stupid night frights...



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i would leave them as is, its the better of the two because either way he is going to be unbalanced. but if you clip him, he will slowly become unbalanced again. where without clipping he will be unbalanced at first but will slowly level out as the flights grow back its easier for him to learn rather than decrease in balance as time goes on



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Yeah, I think leaving them be is the best option and they'll even out much quicker than if I clipped him now to even him out.
He will just have to be unbalanced for a few months.



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He was JUST learning to fly because he had just finished growing in all his flights. I was planning on letting him stay fully flighted because when he was clipped he would always try to fly anyways and that's how he kept breaking his tail feathers off...
Yeah, then I would probably leave them, unless he starts crashing. I was just wondering because I was thinking if he was used to flying around the room he would be inclined to fly more, but if he was just learning, then he's not too used to it yet.

I hope that made sense, if it didn't I'm sorry, I haven't slept hardly any in a few days.
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I wonder if clipping just a few would help level him out now , but not be so many as to unbalance him to much when the others grow back. Just thinkin out loud... err... well ... sorta...lol
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No, that made sense! Even when he was fully flighted before he knocked out his left flight feathers if we had him out he would just chill on our shoulders. He rarely ever tried to fly off, lol.



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I wonder if clipping just a few would help level him out now , but not be so many as to unbalance him to much when the others grow back. Just thinkin out loud... err... well ... sorta...lol
That might work, I never thought of that. Clipping a couple of feathers but not a full clip? I wonder if that would work..



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Sounds like a good plan to me.
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