Q & A: Clipping wings

Q: Should I trim my bird’s wings to prevent him from flying away?

A: There is no simple answer to this question. If you are in a situation where your bird can safely fly around, then this is first prize.

Birds are meant to fly.

Flight is excellent exercise and is also good for confidence building, and important for the psychological wellbeing of the bird.

Many people however just do not have this type of safe environment, in which case clipping the bird’s feathers is necessary to avoid accidents and escapes while still allowing them to spend time outside their cages, with their human families.

It is critically important that the wing trim be done in the least traumatic manner, by an experienced person.

Clipping the incorrect feathers may give a false sense of security while still allowing the bird to fly. Clipping too many feathers will cause the bird to fall heavily instead of being able to glide safely to the ground. This can cause severe injuries as well as negatively affecting the bird’s confidence.

Dr Dorianne Elliott, veterinarian

Share:

Facebook
Twitter
Pinterest
LinkedIn
Get The Latest Updates

Subscribe To Our Monthly Newsletter

No spam, notifications only about new products, updates.
On Key

Related Posts

10 cool things about the fossa

Have you ever heard of a fossa? This little creature is totally different and even scientists struggled to categorise him. Let’s find out what is

Q & A: Falling hamster

Q: My hamster seems to keep falling off his solid training wheel, which we bought a week ago. Is there something wrong with him, or

Cat behaviour 101

They say that we’re never too old to learn new things, and I have to agree. As the editor of Animaltalk magazine, I have learnt