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My Bird's Wing Feathers Are Trimmed...

We asked, and you answered! Find out how many of you trim your bird's wing feathers, don't trim or aren't even sure what that means with this poll today!

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Posted: July 24, 2013, 4:00 p.m. PDT

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I never trimmed my birds wing feathers before I just don't think that "they could escape a open window and I don't want to loose them" or " they could hurt themselfs" are good enough arguments. The first think could be prevented much easier ... Be carful and pay attention! Just close the windows before you let them fly ... The second one can be prevented as well ... Just don't let them out of the cage for a few weeks after you got them ... They'll get used to to their environment and learn where to be and where not to be ... They won't hurt themselves that way ... Mine never did ... But I trimmed one of my 16 budgies wings now because he was very aggressive towards one of my breeding pairs and wouldn't stop chasing them ... Now he was attacked by the male ... I decided to trimmed his wing feathers to make him unable to chase after them anymore and now the aviary is peaceful again ... <-- this is the only reason I would accepted wing feather trimming
Sina, International
Posted: 7/16/2015 2:12:09 AM
Yeah I have issues both way. If you clip their wings, then how are the supposed to escape a dangerous situation? But if you don't the threat of escaping the house or out of an open window is dangerous. What I want to know is what is better for the bird!!!!!
Abby, Smithfield, VA
Posted: 8/19/2013 9:37:10 AM
I'm in the 50% poll. When I had budgies they were all trimmed but 1. I decided to trim his after a few years of being full flight. I never, ever, saw a bird be depressed. I swear he was. I let them grow out and never trimmed his again.
Now I have cockatiels and they have all been trimmed. Better safe than sorry.
Candy, Milwaukee, WI
Posted: 7/30/2013 12:45:31 PM
I'm in the 50% category. An ounce of prevention goes a long way. It is always better to be safe than sorry. Why? Because depending on where you live at, if you don't keep your pet bird's feathers trimmed, if their feathers are long enough for them to fly, the bird can easily fly into dangerous situations, indoor or outdoor and can and do get hurt, sometimes with serious consequences. Also, there's also the risk of the bird flying away, if the bird is allowed flight. So, it is best to have the bird wing trimmed.
Cecilia, Brooklyn, NY
Posted: 7/27/2013 6:51:33 AM
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