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#38987 - 06/19/03 06:57 AM Wing Clipping  
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Dear Members, I think it is now the time that I needed to clip my U2 wings, what I am afraid is that by clipping his wings he might pluck his feathers that is what my yellow sulphur did (has fully recovered)when I clipped his wings about seven months back.

I could still remember if I were to hold a towel he (my yellow sulphur) is very nervours till now knowing that I might do the same thing to him.

Will my umbrella react the same and pluck his feathers? his forth and back problem is getting lesser now wink as I've moved his cage to the balcony.

yunusj

#38988 - 06/19/03 03:37 PM Re: Wing Clipping  
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IMO, I would wait a while before clipping. Your bird is still relatively new in your home, and you have just lessened his nervous behavior. Give him a little more time to adjust and bond w/ you. When you DO clip his wings, please do so carefully. I always suggest clipping 1 feather from each side every other day. I suggest this for 2 reasons:
1. It gives him time to adjust to his flying abilility being "removed" and prevents hard falls, and often "depression".
2. It allows you to see how many must be removed to inhibit flight but still allow for a safe landing. Because of weight ranges all birds have a different # of feathers that need to be removed ... no one size fits all. Please read this site for proper wing clipping is VERY important in all birds but a bad clip seems to REALLY affect 'Toos and AGs. (May be why your other 'Too started to pluck...) http://www.exoticpetvet.net/avian/wings.html As for will your U2 plucking after clipping ... there is no crystal ball for that answer BUT a proper clip MAY help avoid it.

#38989 - 06/20/03 10:26 AM Re: Wing Clipping  
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Thanks M2mom,you are right, I will have to let him off his nervousness first, this is a good thing to learn from you (I have NEVER thought about this). What I noticed now is that he only back and forth when I approach his cage and he is showing me that he is in-charge of what is inside his cage by not letting me put my hand too long inside.

Now he is even smarter, this morning he let himself out of the cage and I have to rush back home <img border="0" alt="[laughing]" title="" src="graemlins/laugh[1].gif" /> .

Thanks for the big help.

yunusj

#38990 - 06/20/03 12:57 PM Re: Wing Clipping  
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Hi Yunus,
You might want to read the following, if you haven't alreadly:
http://www.mytoos.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=26;t=000019

http://www.mytoos.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=10;t=000584

http://www.mytoos.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=26;t=000029

Dr. Mike smile

#38991 - 06/20/03 06:42 PM Re: Wing Clipping  
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Also there is an excellent article about wing clipping here that explains how and how much.

May I suggest that you try first without toweling him? My U2 (Taz, male, 10yrs) has always been toweled by his former owners, but I have found that working with him I can clip his nails. He will watch carefully, but allow it.
One nail at at time, and just a little at a time. But it is soooo much easier.
And wing clipping is coming up. I want to do it this time as I disagreed on how it was done last time. I strongly feel that the wings must be clipped symmetrically for the birds comfort.
So I will try to let him present the wing and then cut one or two feathers at a time and see how he reacts, but chances are that he will let me.

#38992 - 06/23/03 04:11 AM Re: Wing Clipping  
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Hi Doc, Thanks for the advise, I am happy to read what you've wrote wink , thanks to M2mom & Karsten for your help too.

I fully understand what to do now and how to perform the art of wing clipping and why, I am thinking of doing it after work today.

Thanks.

yunusj


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