Here are just some of the birds I have interacted with in just the last 3yrs.
I am posting this thread to show that you do not need to clip a birds feathers to hand tame it.
I have been criticized for speaking out that I do not think clipping is a useful tool for training. In fact it is a negative tool.
I know I cannot change some people's minds. But if you are new to bird owning at least I can show that super tame birds can be achieved without clipping.
Some will claim it is to keep them safe from flying into things. To this I reply they do need to be given the chance to learn.
You would not take a bike away from a child because it fell off ? Well ok some may I guess.
Here are three groups.
Those that have never been clipped.
This little one had two broken legs and we fixed him up and I used to take him outside and shopping with me. While he was at the rescue.
Angel (not my Angel) She did fly away from her owner, but we did re unit them.
Ricky. Yes he was cage aggressive, but I still managed to tame him.
Paco A border I had stay for 11 weeks
Coco. A mates daughters pet. Staying over while they were on Holiday
Tweety My first Tiel. Handicapped
Elvis Old and caged all his life but never clipped.
Pandis mind you I was the first person in 12yrs that he bonded to.
Comfortable Baby Tiels My own parent raised young ones.
These ones are tame, but I cannot confirm if they have been clipped in the past or not.
A little lovie who may not of been clipped but I put him here anyway as I am not sure. He had a bit of history while with us! He flew out the door twice and he came back to the rescue each time. Guess he wanted to stay and because he could fly was able to fly back to us.
And two that do not fly
Potato who has destroyed his follicles and will never feather up again
? The pic of Zammy seems to have been removed?
Zammy so here is another just in case I have upset someone with my Throwing antics with Zammy.
He is super bonded to me and we have a trust that not many will ever achive.
When you can take a bird and throw it up in the air and it just drops down for you to catch it, is something else.
And something that should not be tried at home.
Bird Tossing DO NOT TRY THIS - YouTube
All these guys are tame or at least hand tame with me.
There are others but I cannot locate the photos at the moment.