We can perform wing clipping on some feathered friends, however it is a service that requires consideration. We recommend that you think about and discuss with your avian veterinarian the reasons you are clipping them, and what you hope to achieve.

There are many differing opinions on whether you should clip your bird’s wings and the best technique to use.

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What to Consider Before Booking Your Bird in For A Wing Clip

It is important to consider your bird’s environment and how not having the same level of flight might impact them. It is also important to note that once a bird’s wings are clipped, it will generally take between 3 and 18 months for the feathers to grow back, so think carefully before deciding to have this performed.

The Technique We Use to Clip a Bird’s Wings

There are many out-dated wing clipping techniques used which can result in significant damage to your bird’s physical and mental health. It is in the best interest of your pet bird that this procedure be performed by someone with experience.

At The Unusual Pet Vets, we generally use a technique that involves removing the back of the vane from between 4 and 10 primary flight feathers. This technique leaves the primary flight feathers long, and facilitates normal grooming and preening behaviour. It also prevents your bird from gaining lift and providing thrust to fly upwards.

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The technique we use leaves the secondary flight feathers in place. These are responsible for a controlled landing, should your bird fall and need to prevent itself from injury.

Having no sharp edges on the primary flights (as you often have when traditional wing clips are performed) means that the bird does not generally focus its preening on the damaged, frayed edges of the feather. This has long been thought to be one of the triggers of feather destructive behaviour or feather plucking.

Booking Your Bird in For A Wing Clip

If you have decided to have your bird’s wings clipped, or would like to have a more detailed discussion about the pros and cons with one of our vets, make an appointment with your local Unusual Pet Vets team.

We offer free wing-clipping with a health check consultation, or it can be performed on its own for a small fee. To make an appointment, give us a call or book online.

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Client – Sunshine Coast

There is a great positive vibe felt when you walk in the door! The staff are friendly, caring, and welcoming. Highly recommended. Thank you, from Pepper Pig.

Brad Symons

Client – Ferntree Gully

Very professional vets there! They have the vaccination available when every other vet clinic I called didn’t. They know rabbits so well that I was feeling very comfortable and confident to let them take care of my rabbit even though its further from home!

Danielle Lam

Client – Ferntree Gully

Love the welcoming receptionist and the vet. They treated my fur babies with care and also follow-up the subsequent day, just to make sure my bunnies are recovering well.

Timmy Toppy

Client – Sunshine Coast

The whole team at UPV Sunshine Coast are friendly, accommodating, professional, passionate, and caring! I have regular contact with the team as one of my parrots requires ongoing medication and they are always prompt with sorting out prescriptions and meds. Highly recommend. 

Lee Stone

Client – Sunshine Coast

Thank you to the team at UPV for taking care of Oscar the Eckie! We had a wonderful first appointment and Dr Pat took good care of my little guy, even though he can be nervous and difficult. I really appreciate you guys for going the extra mile to keep Oscar safe and to give him a positive experience.

Kiah Nash

Client – Sunshine Coast

Dr Alex at Buderim clinic was extremely kind and caring. His knowledge about bearded dragons is incredible. He was successful in helping Kiko our bearded dragon get back to optimal health. I was also impressed that he kept me informed twice a day. Many thanks. 

Penny Thompson

Client – Balcatta

Great staff and wonderful doctors, so helpful and caring about our pets. Really appreciated the respect and care given to our little friends.

Adam Cliff

Client – Balcatta

Thank you to Dr Yang for her attempt to help and care my rabbit, Lola. Even though it wasn’t the result we hoped and prayed for Dr Yang was very caring and professional with Lola even letting my mother and I having our last moments with her. We couldn’t be more grateful for that. Even sending us a condolence card in the mail. Dr Yang and team are highly recommended.

Anthony Koomen

Client – Balcatta

Absolutely amazing staff! They are all so caring, supportive, and professional. I had to provide palliative care for two of my older rabbits and the information & support I received from the staff was incredible. 10/10 would recommend! Plus, my rabbits give them the big tick of approval, so really that’s the main thing.

Sarah Manfredi

Client – Balcatta

I cannot speak highly enough of the care that my bird received at The Unusual Pet Vets in Balcatta. Dr Green was in constant contact with me leading up to Chirpy’s surgery and even gave me a call just prior to him going under. I can highly recommend them for any unusual pet you may have.

Sheree Bennison