how to clip bird wings conure

Some bird owners still prefer to leave a few primaries (usually the outer two, #9-10) for aesthetics. Pet World agrees with the AVMA and opposes this practice, despite the fact that it appears more natural, because it increases the chance of an unexpected lift breaking those two feathers in the event of a crash landing. Recall that the objective is to restrict flight to a safe, manageable distance rather than completely prohibit it. Additionally, there’s a chance that those two protruding primaries will get caught and fractured between the cage bars.

Once upon a time, it was customary to only trim one side of the wings, switching them out every time the feathers grew back. Pet World feels that trimming both wings symmetrically makes the most sense and is safest for the bird due to the potential risk of improperly balanced muscle development and the stress risk of partially flying in small circles.

Only a bird’s own safety should be considered when trimming its wings. For instance, it’s never appropriate to clip wild birds (unless they’re injured and recovering). They need to remain fully flighted. However, once they can fly, pet birds are more vulnerable. Reduced length of primary feathers reduces the possibility of harm when they flap and stretch within the cage. A bird can get its feathers tangled even in a large cage if it perches too close to the cage’s side. Pet birds, regardless of temperament, degree of training, or history, should only be taken outdoors with their wings clipped or wearing an appropriate harness. The bird might be startled and take off, and domesticated pet birds aren’t equipped to survive in the wild. However, a bird that leads a risk-free lifestyle does not require clipping.

Wing Trimming1. Type of Flier. Small bodied, lightweight birds who fly easily may need all ten primaries trimmed to prevent flying. We suggest starting with the outer eight. Cockatiels, conures, & small parrots generally need the outer eight. Large parrots who fly well need the outer six to eight. Large parrots who are not strong fliers probably only need the outer four to six trimmed. The idea is to prevent them from flying away (as opposed to not flying at all). Limited distance flying and soft landings are the goal.

2. Risk Assessment. Consider safety needs based on the bird’s situation. Wings are clipped to prevent a domestic, pet bird from flying into glass or away. Are there cats and dogs in the house? Are there large windows? Are doors left open? Does the bird fly frequently? How much time is it spent outside? Still, there ought to be some lift to enable a gentle, secure landing.

FAQ

How often do conures need wings clipped?

How often do I need to clip my bird’s wings? Wings typically need to be clipped every 1-3 months after the start of a molt cycle, as new feathers grow back. However, every bird is different; some need clipping more often and some less often.

Do conure clipped wings grow back?

After clipping a bird’s wings do grow back, but it is important to note that once a bird’s wings are clipped, it will take between 6 and 18 months for the feathers to grow back, so it is important to think carefully before performing this procedure.

Is it good to clip parrots wings?

The primary reason to clip your bird’s wings is to ensure that it doesn’t fly away. 1 By trimming the bird’s primary feathers, known as “flight feathers,” they cannot take flight. This prevents them from accidentally flying out an open door or window, which can be dangerous for a domesticated bird.