Does Your Bird Need Clipped Wings?
Some birds will need to have their wings clipped. Clipped wings have advantages and disadvantages. Wing clipping gets a mixed response from a lot of people; this guide dispels some of the myths about clipping bird wings and outlines the advantages and disadvantages of clipping a bird wing. %%AFC-ADVERT%%
- One of the main and the most obvious advantages of clipped wings is that they mean your pet cannot fly away. You can take your pet outside without risking him flying away and not coming back. Even a very loyal bird could get spooked and not come back, a lot of birds will not be able to adapt to life in the wild and will not survive.
- Similarly, allowing a bird to fly around inside the house is fraught with danger; your bird could fly into a window or a mirror and injure itself. A bird with clipped wings will not be able to do this.
- One of the main disadvantages of wing clipping is that flying is a bird’s primary form of exercise. A bird with clipped wings will not be able to fly correctly and therefore won’t be able to get adequate exercise. If you have the room to allow your bird to fly around safely, it is best to avoid clipping bird wings.
- If a bird gets clipped wings before it has fully learnt to fly, it probably never will which is considered cruel. Therefore, you should only clip adult bird wings.
- Incorrectly clipped wings can cause a bird to fall and this could result in a bird with a broken wing. Correctly clipped wings should allow the bird to glide to the floor but struggle to take off.
- Wing clipping should only be carried out by a trained vet. Incorrectly clipped wings could cause harm to the bird. A broken bird wing is a common result from a fall due to bad wing clipping.
- Clipping a bird wing does not cause any pain if done correctly, it is comparable to having our hair or finger nails cut. Clipped wings will also grow back so it is important to monitor clipped bird wings.