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Readers Respond: Do You Clip Your Bird's Wings?

Responses: 97



I think it depends on the situation. If your bird is untrained, if there are opportunities for it to fly out the door/window? Probably a good idea. I personally clip the wings of my little wild parakeets until they are tamed, but my conure is free to fly around the house (he's potty trained). We have two doors in sequence leading out, and all windows have screens, so there is little chance of escape. So, yeah, I'd say it depends on bird and situation.
—Guest ra


We have 2 Quaker Parrots, one has clipped wings and one doesn't. They broke out of their cage while we were at work and the one who could not fly was captured by the dog! Thank heaven she did not eat her but she did manage to eat all of her tail feathers. The one who could fly was able to protect herself. I will NEVER clip wings again
—Guest jeri

why i clipped my parakeets wings

i live in a foster home so i clipped my parakeets wings so she can not fly out my room when i got her outside the cage
—Guest mowana

yes clip

I have lost two well trained parrots due to flying away both these birds would come when called in the house but outside they just took off-a coffins2 and a sever macaw now I keep my B&G's wings trimmed as I can't afford to let $1000.00 fly away.
—Guest doordog55

not my Buddy

I have a very happy little parrotlet, who is free to fly around the apartment. He uses his flight for access to people, and has rarely used it to escape people--maybe one or two little "catch-the-birdie games." He is very well supervised, and I have trained him. Now, one thing I really must mention is that when I adopted him, I took him to the vet, who did recommend wing trimming. I agreed (not knowing anything about birds). I do believe that the clipping may have served as an important intermediary step in training the little bird, who was initially aggressive toward me. I also know that he has turned into the kid of pet who does not require it, and I would not dream of doing it again under normal circumstances.
—Guest hw

some times clipping is essential

personally i dont agree with clipping but i will tell you 1 thing when it came down to my parrot that was constantly ripping wallpaper off and biting when he had his freedom because he lost his clipped wings it was a choice of get rid of him or me get him clipped for the first time as he was before then i guess clipping him isnt so bad when you consider you know he is loved where he is now and he isnt going to be miss treated so i for one am glad that he will be clipped again.
—Guest jamie

I might temporarily clip her wings.

I might clip my dove's wings soon. She has a nasty habit of flying into mirrors and avoiding me when I try to put her in her cage for the night. She barely trusts me right now too. I'm thinking of clipping her wings for a while, so she has no choice but to get to know me and get used to me handling her. I'll stop clipping them once she's warmed up to me, and allow her to fly again. I don't think clipping a bird's wings is any more cruel than grounding a teenager.
—Guest Nomad Realta

No Clipping For Me

I think it's wrong to clip a birds wings. It would be like getting your legs cut off! That's how you get around!! And as for GuestZ.A: if you can't spell simple words you shouldn't be taking care of birds. How can you not spell words like "back" "cruel" or "locked". What are you stupid?!
—Guest Hawkie3

Clip Them

While I can understand both sides of the debate, I think it's best to clip the wings of pet or companion birds. It doesn't hurt them, they grow back, it prevents poop from being scattered about the house and prevents escape from the home to an even worse situation.
—Guest Ellie

Clip Them ASAP

My 2 year old sun conure got loose and flew away during a WI blizzard. We can only assume he is dead. Clip them and keep them clipped. He was very tame and well trained. We never thought her would fly off but those instincts kick in and off he went. I miss him terribly and our whole family is heart broken.
—Guest Laura

cliping wings

I clip them so they don't fly out the door or fly around and snap their neck because they ran into something.
—Guest milly


i have a cockatiel and i have its wings clipped. he is atlest 15 years old(he wasrescued. should i clip his wings or not????
—Guest jack4567890

NO clipping

If you can't spend enough time with your parrot to properly train him to use his natural talents, a parrot is NOT the pet for you. If you don't want a pet that flies, DONT get a bird.
—Guest MissKitty


I'll be getting a cockatiel soon, and I'm undecided on the clipping issue. I see valid points on both sides... I guess I'll wait and see how the bird is. "Shame on the Clippers", just a tip - it's fine to be anti-clipping, but you aren't going to bring anybody to your side if you continue to act like a jerk about it.
—Guest Jen

Clipping = Laziness

LAZY LAZY LAZY!! OR STUPID! "I let my bird fly away b'cuz I opened the door".... THATS YOUR FAULT!! P.S.. Birds dont "fly into walls". Birds are smarter than apparently all of you sheep are. None of you have business even owning birds in my opinion anyway. I hope aliens come down and take you all as pets throw you in a cage but first cripple you because they dont want to be bothered with all of your walking....and also because someone (@Clipping Wings) told them that "'when a human walks "their attitude changes and they are much less friendly and cooperative. They think that they are dominant over you....not a good thing." Remember when it used to be popular to declaw cats so they wouldn't scratch the furniture? ...I'm gonna go throw up now then let my bird fly around my room free and safe and supervised!!!!

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