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Message #5994. This is a followup to #5987.

Name:Sandra J
Date:Saturday April 7, 2007 1:54:41 pm MDT
Subject:Re: Biting/clipping
Message:Hi, Kit.

Since I've been on this board for a few years, I hope I can soothe a few ruffled feathers here. I have often read on this board that clipping can be one way to reduce aggressiveness for a bird that bites, so you are not alone in that thought.

There are other methods that she can try before clipping, if she prefers, though.

To clip or not to clip is a question that seems to raise lots of emotions in people. A few years ago when I first decided not to clip my Zindor, I was hesitant to mention it on this board for fear of being reviled. Now, it seems the tides have turned a bit.

The decision to clip or not to clip must depend upon the situation of the owner and the bird. I don't think either group should be insulted, assuming that the decisions are made with deliberate care and consideration.

Best wishes,
Sandra J

Kit wrote:
> I seem to have offended a lot of people by suggesting that you clip
> your bird's wings. This was never my intention. It's a puzzle to me,
> since it was recommended to me by my bird vet. She thinks it's a bad
> idea to let a bird fly around and bite people. She has a wide bird
> practice and several of her own birds. I agree with her.
> I never suggested that you keep your bird in its cage all the time.
> In fact, if your bird's wings were to be clipped, you might find
> yourself giving him/her more time out of cage because you would be
> more in control of the situation.
> I do suggest you read a couple of books - Guide to a Well Behaved
> Parrot and The Second Hand Parrot come to mind. Both are excellent.
> I have three very happy birds who come out of their cages for several
> hours a day and play with us, and on their play gyms, and on the tops
> of their cages. They're pretty athletic, climbing and hanging, and
> generally having a good time. They're in excellent health, despite
> their primaries being trimmed.
> My adopted conure defends me. That negatively affects the quality of
> her life, since few people want to play with her besides me. That's a
> pity, so we are working on changing that behavior in a way that my
> family is prepared to participate in. I hope cuddling your biting
> bird works for you. It may, as long as your daughter isn't present.
> And perhaps in the long run, you may win him/her over.
> I hope so, because a relationship with a bird is wonderful, and like
> nothing else in the world. I've had several birds, through my life,
> with whom I've had close relationships. I wouldn't trade one of those
> relationships for anything. Good luck!

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