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Message #6547. This is a followup to #6546.

Name:Carole J
Date:Sunday October 21, 2007 9:05:08 am MDT
Subject:Re: Nanday Conure Parrot
Message:Carole J wrote:
> Rosemary southard wrote:
> > Hello: i would like some advice on my nanday conure parrot. His
> name
> > is sweetie. He is 23 weeks old. very loving parrot. the instant he
> is
> > taken out of the cage, he goes flying. He always comes back to me,
> but
> > he just likes to fly too much. i constantly pay attention to him
> and a
> > good diet every day,when he is out of the cage when he flyes back
> to
> > me he loves being on me but without warning he flyes. is there any
> > advice to calm him down to where he does not fly so much?? any
> advice
> > would be welcome. thanks
> The only thing I could suggest is to clip his wings or get them
> clipped by a professional at an avian veterinarian's office. Here is
> just an interesting story for you. My Nanday took off out the door of
> my townhouse last Thursday and circled all the way around the building
> and came back to my screen door and clung to it until I ran over to
> him and picked him up in my hands to secure his wings until I could
> promptly get him back inside. Boy was I lucky. I thought for sure he
> was a gonner! My heart instantly sank to the ground when he did this.
> I thought I would never see him ever again. I instantly clipped his
> wings (by the way, he still is able to fly quite well with them
> clipped) but I think it took some of the wind out of his sails. I
> just can't chance him getting away like that again. If you do decide
> to clip your bird's wings yourself, only clip about the first outside
> 4 or 5 feathers, and don't clip into the covert feathers (the smaller
> ones) above the big wing feathers. I just use a regular scissor and
> make sure none of those flight feathers are blood feathers.

P.S. I wrap him up in a small hand towel to confine him when I do this and either lay him down on his back in my lap or have my husband hold him while I take one wing out, clip, and then do the other one.

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