Before clipping your birds wings we recommend that you think about the reasons that you are clipping them and what you are hoping to achieve. The reason for this is because once clipped it can take a long time for new feathers to come through and for your bird to be able to fly again. The other thing to consider is the type of environment that your bird lives in – you should ask yourself how your bird will manage if it can’t fly and consider if it will negatively affect your bird.
Once you have made the decision to clip your birds wings we recommend that you get someone with competency in the task to show you how to do it until you become comfortable with the procedure. The main reason for this is that we see birds whose wings have been cut too short on a regular basis by those inexperienced. If the wings are cut too short your bird will then have problems with ‘crash landings’ which can cause severe injuries in some cases, some of which need to be surgically repaired.
The aim of clipping your birds wings should always be to clip as little feathers as possible. We start by cutting the outer two primary flight feathers on both wings at the level where they reach the covert feathers. We then test flight by gently dropping the bird in an enclosed room from a short height. If they are able to gently fly down to the ground without getting any lift then you have achieved your goal. If your bird is able to gain a considerable amount of upwards lift then more feathers need to be clipped. This is then done by working from the outside inwards towards the body and taking one feather off at a time from both sides. After each additional feather is cut from both sides flight is then tested again.
Never cut a growing ‘blood’ feather and ensure that your bird is adequately and safely restrained so as not to stress your bird out too much. For any questions please contact us.