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He can fly!

It's so odd having a bird that can fly now.. However, it makes me hear for his safety. Yesterday my fiance tried to lay down while holding the bird and he took off flying and almost hit a wall. He is a great flyer but I'm just beyond nervous that he will hurt himself. We really don't want to clip him.. I guess there is nothing I can really do? I'm not sure if any type of training will stop him from flying full speed.

How do you handle your flying birds without being an over protective bird parent?
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Make sure the curtains are closed on windows so that he doesn't fly into them, put blankets/towels at the bottom of walls so if he hits one and falls he doesn't hurt himself more by falling on the floor. Not much you can do other than "bird proof".
Hermes is an awsome flier but he still sometimes hits things. Not much you can do to train them not to hit things.



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I personally clip until they've learnt their environment. Usually one clip and that's it but sometimes I like to keep them clipped for safety over all. When I move I will bird proof the home though so I won't have to

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Is it okay to leave the window open while he is sitting on a window perch? Or should I just stop doing that for now? He really seemed to like it yesterday so I don't want to take that away from him if I don't have to.

I think when I get my own house one day, I'll have a bird room that has spongy walls to avoid issues like this a little more
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I personally clip until they've learnt their environment. Usually one clip and that's it but sometimes I like to keep them clipped for safety over all. When I move I will bird proof the home though so I won't have to
I thought about it but I read another thread recently about a lady clipping her bird after it learned how to fly and it caused it to crash into things more! Not sure if that's the case for every bird.
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If he knows that the window is there and he can't fly through it then it's ok to leave it open. They need to learn that the window is there and letting them fly full force into it a few times isn't a great idea, lol.
Just watch him, if he flies into it keep the curtains closed.



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Got it He hasn't tried that but if he does I'll be sure to shut it! Oh this is kind of random (bare with me while I try to explain this) but is Hermes "hard"? Belle is always fluffy and is soft to the touch but my new bird has very slick feathers that are always tight against his chest that gives him a hard feeling when you touch him. Hermes looks like he has the same type of body/feathers, so I figured I would ask..
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I would leave him flighted. My bird Kirk was horrible and hit walls all the time, and he turned out just fine. Now he never runs into anything and he is good at flying and landing, even at full speed. If you do decide to clip, I would do a very light clip...like 3-4 of the primaries just to slow him down.

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Hermes feathers are soft actually, he's pretty fluffy. He slicks down nicely though.



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It sounds to me as though he never had a chance to fly and explore before. I wouldn't clip him but just keep an eye on him as others have said. Once he gets familiar with his surroundings and confident in his ability to fly, you'd be surprised at how they can maneuver around the house.


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You could just clip 1 or 2 flight feathers on each side so he can't get up to full speed/strength and impact won't be so hard. :O)

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I don't know.. It's such a tough decision. I'll try bird proofing the room even more than it is now and see how that goes. He nearly gave me a heart attack when he took off and grabbed on to a picture frame hanging from the wall. I thought the thing was going to fall off and hurt him! I immediately took all the wall hangings down.. Haha. I guess if he doesn't calm down after about two weeks (he should be adjusted by then) I'll consider clipping.
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I faced the same problem Phoenix has been flying for probably 3 months now n at first he'd fly straight into the door he did it twice n I didn't know wat to do so I did the obvious I brought him to the door held him in my hand n pressed his body against the door n tapped on the door with my hands these r clear sliding glass doors so this is clearly a hard concept for birds to get but I think he got the point cuz ever since he hasn't even looked at the door or windows n over time they get better with flying n avoiding walls n stuff now he lands on anything he can find although when your cookin keep him in his cage that stuff makes me nervous in case he decides to land on a hot pan it's a terrible fear of mine but other then that they become great flyers recently he decided that he wants to fly faster so he pushes himself n he flys crazy fast n then when he lands he pants for a little while n decides he should take it easy n will fly normally lol so cute

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