This blog isn't for me to force my opinions on anyone; it's to bring up topics for you to actually think about that you may have not given any thought before. Wing clipping is such a serious topic for bird owners or soon-to-be bird owners. I don't think people quite grasp how essential and important flight is to our feathered friends. Fledging is essential - do your own research on it and read about how it is from various sites. You will see for yourself without me needing to provide you with any helpful links on it. I haven't seen a single site yet that says otherwise. An amazing article I came across was published by the New York Bird Club; New York Bird Club:
"God loved the Birds and Invented Trees. Man loved the Birds and Invented Cages."
At the present time, there are strongly held views on whether to clip the wings of your companion bird or leave him flighted. Proponents of wing clipping claim that birds in captivity do not need to fly since they have no enemies to escape from, do not have to migrate or obtain food, and that flying puts the bird at risk since he can escape from his home. Others consider wing clipping cruel and a form of abuse, destroying the essence and spirit of a bird, and rendering him helpless and handicapped. A bird whose wings have been altered has limited ability to destroy your property and is easy to control, however, wing clipping is done for your convenience only, and has nothing to do with the well being of your bird, but robs him of his identity and independence. And the conclusion of the article; Why should you deprive your bird the joy of flight and punish him because you do not want to take responsibility for his safety. If you will not accept the responsibility of having a bird in your home, perhaps you should consider not having a companion bird or getting another type of companion. Birds are creatures designed around the act of flight. It is part of their genetic makeup and crucial to their life experience. It is no wonder millions of people are awed by these magnificent creatures and their abilities. Human beings have spent hundreds of years trying to emulate flight. Why? Because it is a fantastic and exhilarating gift and experience. Don't deny your birds their birthright -- their inherent right to fly.
8/18/16 Update: Unfortunately, this site and article are no longer available but the info above is still very important to all bird owners.
Article by Jamieleigh Womach. She has been working with parrots and toucans since the age of 17. She isn’t homeless but is home less than she prefers to be. She travels the world with her husband, daughter, and a flockful of parrots whom she shares the stage with.