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Why the wings of your bird should be clipped

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Birds that are allowed unrestricted freedom in the home can encounter numerous physical dangers or toxins; therefore, wing clipping is recommended. The goal of clipping the wings is not to make the bird incapable of flight, but to prevent it from developing rapid and sustained flight and to prevent escape. Additional trimming may be required 8-12 weeks after the start of a molt cycle.

For larger birds, trimming the wings may keep the bird more dependent on its owner and less aggressive. Clipping may also keep the bird from causing significant destruction. Some heavy-bodied birds may fall from overtrimmed wings, which could result in severe damage to the chest. Consult your veterinarian for the best course of action for your bird. 

 

Credit: Used with the permission of the Zoological Education Network.  Reviewed by Amy I. Attas, V.M.D.
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