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Question having your bird fully flighted

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I have noticed that most of the you have your birds with full flight feathers.Most of the people I know have they birds wings cliped.I would like to know how did you flight train them to fly to you or not to fly outside
I am planing on leaving my birds with all they feathers as I find it cruel for them to have wings but for what?? All im worried about is when I bond so close to them and they fly away
I hope some of you guys could let me know the pros and cons of fully flighted birds!I have posted this at talkcockatiels but never get much responce from there so I brought it here
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I am on the wall when it comes to clipping. Maxx came to me severely clipped. I am going to let his flight feathers grow out and take it from there. I think I will keep him just lightly clipped.

My last bird, a Scarlet Chested Parakeet was fully flighted, He could fly from room to room and knew every inch of it. I counted one time and he was in flight for around 25 seconds. 2 full rotations through the whole house before landing. One day by freak accident the patio door was left open while he was out and about, and that was all it took. I never saw my little baby again.

That type of bird needs to fly, so I let him. Maxx likes to be around me too much, so I think the situation would be different with him.



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I keep my birds clipped. In my experience birds that are flighted are not as bonded to you. I find that as soon as my birds flights grow out and they realize they can fly, they no longer stay by me. But this is a very personal decision.

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All my birds are flighted but it's very hard work keeping flighted birds, they're here, they're there and everywhere. Sometimes you have to have eyes on the back of your head to ensure their safety. I prefer to keep mine flighted but I can see good reasons for people to clip theirs.

As for whether your birds you still bond with you when they're fully flighted - my answer is 'yes' all my birds and I are still bonded. My birds are conures and senegal, these species are quite clingy to their owner. I would say it does depends on your species of birds too if they will still stay bonded with you when fully flighted.

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For safety, I have my quaker clipped. I have him in the story where there is the kitchen and I have two dogs, but I'm only worried about one!


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I dont think its cruel to clip their wings. For mine its a safetly issue. I have 3 kids and doors are left open and I wouldnt want them to get out. They are clippedenough they can still make it a couple feet and not drop like rocks. I can take Lucy outside and she doesnt leave my shoulder but shes the only one I trust enough to do this with. Ricky is to scared of everything and Daisy is to curious.

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Thanks allot for the replys.I think I will get them clipped lightly.By the way I have 3 cockatiels
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My gcc and my irn are clipped because of safety but my budgies are fully flighted because they are only ever out in my room when I'm there to supervise

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I usually clip my birds at first and then let them grow out but honestly it totally depends on the bird itself. For instance, the smaller birds just don't seem to be the same as a macaw or cockatoo, which perhaps I wouldn't clip. I really don't know. My only birds who are currently clipped are my GCC and hybrid conure, they can both STILL fly across a whole room though, but they wouldn't fly far at all outside! My cockatiel could be taken outside even flighted and he wouldn't budge. You could leave them flighted and use a harness though, which I would recommend

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Thanks allot guys.
I think the best option is a harness or getting them lightly clipped.
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I'm glad you asked this as I'm wondering wether to clip Bob.we have large.uncovered windows.
I'm worried he'll spook and hurt himself.
I'm not sure he knows how to fly.

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i have flighted birds, i find them easier to manage in my own household (i dont have to pick them up 50 times if the go to the ground and cant get back up) and im bonding better with the lovebirds flighted than i did clipped.

and having the tiels flighted, i have not lost the bond i have with dally or tsuka.

its personal choice. not everyone can live with a flighted bird, while some find it better to live with flighted birds. its personal choice



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I clip my birds for safety. I usually let them fly so I know they can and clip 4-5 flights. This way they can still glide safly and Aleron my sunny still gets some flight but not much. I would imagine 6 flights would fully disablr a bird and cause it to crash land. I seen to many friends birds slip out doors and get into mischeif to be able to let my birds go full flighted in the house. Xx

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