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    Re: New concerned cockatiel owner!

    I'm just worried that if she has full flight she will fly into something And hurt herself which I most definitely do not want .

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    Re: New concerned cockatiel owner!

    Quote Originally Posted by Valor View Post
    I'm just worried that if she has full flight she will fly into something And hurt herself which I most definitely do not want .
    Except for learning to fly, my tiel never runs into anything. Of course, have to keep things like ceiling fans off, because he wouldn't know to avoid that. A good clip for slowing them down is.. I believe the name is a "show clip" which is a light clip that lets them fly, but prevents full speed. There are a lot of different clips. The single wing clip I would try to move away from though, cause that certainly will not help her with learning to fly like normal.

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    Re: New concerned cockatiel owner!

    Yes, I know they can fly into things when out free flying and get hurt. So I respect your worry. My birds are not allowed to fly free because of my lease rules, so I don't have that worry. I would suggest you go on "youtube" and search for training birds to prevent them from flying into walls, windows, etc. when they are out of cage.

    I'd be worried myself, so I fully understand your concern.

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    Re: New concerned cockatiel owner!

    Quote Originally Posted by Valor View Post
    I'm just worried that if she has full flight she will fly into something And hurt herself which I most definitely do not want .
    I guess you are no different to many others. And your concerns are common.
    But do not get over protective, they should be given the chance to learn.
    And that means there could be accidents. But as a young bird learning these should not be life threatening.
    Clipping due to a crash is in my opinion a 'Knee Jerk' reaction.
    A happy confident bird will not be trying to escape. And often window accidents are caused by a bird seeing this an escape route.
    My birds and the ones coming in for boarding all managed to sort the glass in their flight area without any major problems.
    Marrie put it well. Taking them around and showing them what is solid, by either tapping on the glass or tapping their beak on the glass.

    Remember with one wing clipped is she panics she can get hurt from crashing, so clipping does not take away all risks and can even introduce more dangers.
    Last edited by clawnz; 12-22-2014 at 06:54 PM.
    R.I.P my little ones.

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    Re: New concerned cockatiel owner!

    She only has a very very light clip on her left wing. Just 5 flight feathers are off and she has been flying well today. She's flown from her cage to my shoulder/arm 3 times today for the first time ever! (Exciting) and she's also flew a lap around my room and only had one crash landing. The only issue she seems to have is aiming and slowing down.

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