Title - Wing Clipping: why your budgie/parakeet should NOT be clipped
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 Flying is one of a budgie's chief pleasures.

 Flying is the only meaningful form of exercise for a budgie. No flying = no exercise = no cardiovascular fitness.

 A clipped bird is very much at risk of injury or death from a bad fall, or septic sore from repeated minor falls. He is also seriously at risk of being trampled on, or caught by a dog or cat. These risks surely outweigh the natural risk of escape or crash injury if un-clipped. It is easy to make a room safe for a flying budgie.

 A clipped bird is likely to become frustrated at not being able to fly. Frustration easily leads to feather plucking.

 Flight is every budgerigar's birthright.

 If your bird can't fly, you never experience the thrill of having it fly TO YOU.

 If your bird is clipped, you can never delight in the grace and exuberance of his flight.

 A clipped bird looks mutilated and diminished because it IS mutilated and diminished.

 Whereas there is every reason to feel pride when an able bird chooses to come to you, the same can't be said if your pet needs you because he's absolutely helpless.

Me and My Birds: My name is Helen Day and I'm a small scale budgie breeder. I think budgerigars are great, and I've kept them most of my life. I live in England, and I've never known anyone have a budgie clipped. It isn't the done thing here. I can't think of any reason to clip. I once had 4 budgies at liberty, all day, every day, in a 23 foot living room; it wasn't a problem. At another time, a had a traumatized, half wild budgie in that room. I let him out for 20 minutes each morning before catching the bus to work, and he never once made me late. You might also be interested to know that many of my aviary budgerigars come to me - even though they have not only their full wings, but also lots of friends of their own kind. Some of these, past and present, have been almost cuddly tame, and nearly all these individuals have been female. From time to time, I have had experience of parakeets which have been unable to fly, for one reason or another, and this is how I have learnt about their problems.

Did you know? that wild budgerigar flocks are a wonderful sight when they're on the wing? They all turn and wheel as one, and as they do, their contrasting front and back colors flash in the bright sunlight.

Did you know? that when parakeets mate, the male needs his flight feathers to help him balance? He enfolds the female in one of his long wings.

Did you know? that a mother budgie will wrap a warming, long wing around her young, when they have grown too big to sit on?

Helen Day

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