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Wing Clipping

Why your budgie/parakeet should not be clipped

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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