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    Handling training and clipping wings

    So hubby and I are a little confused as to how we train Mr Rudy to clip his wings.. He is VERY tame, gives kisses, talks the house down and what my husband likes to call him “Shoulder bandit”

    He was handled by the vets a lot when he was young due to sickness; and when they did handle him he screamed the whole time.

    Does anyone have any suggestions as to how we can train him to be able to have us hold him securely to clip his wings so he isn’t screaming or stressing out?

    Does anyone know how to just clip the wings just enough to slow him down but retain full flight? Biggest concern for us is that he flies fast and we are worried our reflex’s are getting to slow..
    Nina, Joe and Rudy

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    Re: Handling training and clipping wings

    I suggest you take him to your avian vet and have an experienced wing clip tech do it, because if they are not cut correctly, he will have problems flying. I feel it is well worth having an experienced tech do the wing clipping.

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    Re: Handling training and clipping wings

    Hi, that’s what we were going to do, however we are still worried because he gets very very stressed when going to the vet. If we can train him to settle it would be less stressful. Thus at the moment we are tossing up whether to clip or not. Oh the dilemma..
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    Re: Handling training and clipping wings

    We are trying to figure out the best way to accustom him to being grabbed/picked up; making it less stressful when being clipped.
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    Re: Handling training and clipping wings

    That is difficult. You could consider getting a small bird carrier and take him in to the vet to be clipped. I have to clip my budgie's toenails on occasion, and it is a tough job let me tell you. They want to squirm out of your hand, and you have to be careful to not cut the nails too short or they will bleed.

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    Re: Handling training and clipping wings

    I’ve clip his toes nails; only when he’s just gotten out of the shower so they are really soft but it’s about a 10-15min process because he tries to dry himself at the same time. We do have a small carrier for vet visits but then he dislikes the vet because when he was sick it just got a bit to much for him, you can imagine the screams.. So I think we’ve just resigned to letting him fly freely at the moment. We did come up with a sneaky way to teach him handling is a good thing; give him parsley while slowly waving our hands back and forth over his blind spots then letting him see the hand etc. until he stops jolting from fright etc. Hopefully this works and he will eventually just let us hold him. Fingers crossed..
    Nina, Joe and Rudy

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