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    Yesterday, the vet clipped Chester's (yep, I finally named him ) but instead of clipping, he literally plucked them right off! Is this the way they're supposed to get their wings clipped?
    Also, how long does it take for them to grow their flight feathers back?
    I feel bad after clipping his wings and he seems depressed which makes me feel even more guilty, but this is the only way I can let him out of the cage.

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    Re: clipping their wings

    My experience with wing clipping has been that there is an actual cutting device that is used to cut there wings. And they don't normally pull any feathers out. Is this vet you went to certified in avian care??
    But don't feel bad about getting his wings clipped. He might just sore from all of the pulling. If that's the only way that you can get him out of the cage safely then it's ok.
    But I suggest you might need to find another vet.
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    Re: clipping their wings

    pluck, as in pull? that is wrong wrong wrong. if that's what s/he did, they are not a good avian vet at all. click the link in my sig to see if there's a boad certified one near you... (your info does not say where you are)

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    Re: clipping their wings

    Why in the world would a vet pull out his feathers? That sounds crule. I would think a vet wouldn't do that unless it was a single feather that was bleeding.

    We are sopose to be able to go to a vet and trust they know what they are doing.

    There are several books you can get at your local libary. Request a lot of them some on cockatiels and some on bird care. They should have directions in there on how to do it.

    That is what I did and I clip them myself.

    I wouldn't go back to that vet though.

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    Re: clipping their wings

    The problem is I am living in Saudi Arabia, so there aren't any "good vets" here. Is there any site that gives you tutorials on how to clip them yourself?

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    Re: clipping their wings

    Whoa! Plucked them!? Well I say if your vet actually plucked his feathers then DO IT YOURSELF if you cannot find a good vet nearby. That is crazy, and not to mention painful on your poor guy Look online or buy a bird book, they usually have some good info.


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    Re: clipping their wings

    Thats NOT how you "clip" a birds wings, hence the word, CLIP. Pulling the feathers is painful and they will end up growing back in a short amount of time. also, if you pull the feathers, they will drop like a brick if they try to fly. Thats cruel. They do not know what they are doing.

    To clip a birds wings you actually use scissors!
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    Re: clipping their wings

    http://www.dummies.com/WileyCDA/Dumm...e/id-2148.html

    If there are no good vets there I would seriously invest in some good books.

    A couple of books I like I like are: Cockatiels for Dummies by Diane Grindol
    the other is a good bird care book: The Complete Bird Owner's Handbook by Gary A. Gallerstein, D.V.M.

    Be sure you do not ever clip a blood feather!

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    Re: clipping their wings

    Oh no. Please get some books. And a word of advice, stay on this site, read the posts, educate yourself because your bird only has you to rely on for survival, health, and a happy life.
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    Re: clipping their wings

    thanks for the links and Chester will never go to that stupid vet again..
    Btw, are you supposed to clip them using scissors?

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    Re: clipping their wings

    Yes! I use a nice sharp pair of scissors to clip my birds wings. NEVER would I pluck them unless it was an emergency (a broken and bleeding blood feather is such a cause). Your vet is a quack! I'm sorry you and Chester had to suffer through that. How horrible it must have been to witness that. Hugs to you AND your birdy!
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    Re: clipping their wings

    Quote Originally Posted by auron
    thanks for the links and Chester will never go to that stupid vet again..
    Btw, are you supposed to clip them using scissors?

    To clip a birds wings, you must use a pair of good, sharp scissors. NEVER pluck the feathers out, unless there is a bloodfeather or a broken feather that bothers your bird.
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    Re: clipping their wings

    Here is a picture on what feathers to clip. Pulling the feathers out like the vet did just caused pain to the bird and they will grow back in about 2-3 weeks and he will be able to fly again. Clipping the feathers will last more and not harm the bird at all. This picture tells how to clip the feathers but I suggest that you dont clip off like 5 feathers at once off each wing. Clip off only 2 like the picture suggests then see how well he can fly like that. If he still flies almost like normal, then clip off another feather off each wing and so on.... until he can still control his gliding and flight but to where he cant actually fly away from you.


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    Re: clipping their wings

    Great illustration. BTW, CLIPPING causes no physical pain to the bird, but yanking out feathers does.
    PUERTO RICO

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