Credit: Yoshi’s Free Flight Adventures and Friends on Facebook. Kakariki are often bred and sold with little or no personal human contact during the critical period when they imprint on humans or determine that they are not a threat. Wing clipping isn’t like declawing a cat where a part of their bone is removed. Learning to clip wings is easy. The effect is unpredictable, but affect it, it will and it gives you an added tool in dealing with particular problems. You can wrap him totally in the towel, and pull one wing at a time out from the towel to clip it. The best time for them to do this is at the natural fledging age, but adult birds can also learn with the right assistance. Or sometimes worst of all, they bought it as a companion for their child. How to Trim a Bird's Beak. Donna Sundblad (author) from Georgia on November 29, 2011: Thanks roc6. While flying through a hoop is a fancy addition to the behaviour, recall is actually very easy for a parrot to learn. When you have a child you make your house safe. A baby bird, clipped or confined to a small cage at the age it should be flying, exploring, and problem-solving, is receiving unnecessarily low levels of exercise and enrichment. I am afraid of clipping my parrot’s wings because I don’t want to take away it’s ability to fly. Kakariki have little ability to control the behaviours and emotions these hormones dictate. Clipping a parrot's wings and then sending them off to live somewhere else will place more stress and emotional strain on the bird. In smaller, lighter bodied, parrots, a couple of the secondary feathers may have to be cut to prevent flight. Kakariki are quite uniform in weight. If its environment has always been with other Kakariki in aviary situation the more difficult it is to adapt to a cage and human interaction, but with patience and time it can be done. In the wild changing light conditions control this ebb and flow. The best way to change a behaviour in a Kakariki is to offer it another behaviour that it prefers. These birds are trained to come when called. If they make the first move, so much the better. There are three things about light that are important: its intensity, the number of hours it is supplied and the wavelengths of the light source. larger parrots will cock and elevate its head to the side, slightly close its eyes and wait for you to scratch it under the chin. The rule of thumb I follow is to cut the flight feathers back to be even with the shorter feathers (also known as secondary feathers). Whether or not you should clip is subjective. I do it religiously, once he got a fright and ended up outside calling me to "come on", he is quite jumpy so I prefer to have his wings clipped. Do not guilt others, about how they are choosing to care for their feather babies, we all have the right to do what we feel is best.. :). Make sure that you don't clip a blood feather. You have more ability to modify your behaviour than your Kakariki does to modify his. The right housing: Many owners keep their Kakariki in cages that are too small. I generally let all birds accept my disinterested presence for a while before I attempt to interact with them. Kakariki are not very good at judging cause and effect or controlling their emotions. Often when two or three grow back in they should be clipped. It's a beautiful thing. Owners of outdoor aviaries often notice that their birds moult, breed, congregate and disperse in tune to yearly changes in sunlight. For this the main flight feathers are clipped, and when performed properly there should be no bleeding or discomfort experienced. I have taken great pains to gather research and scientific support for the argument that captive parrots derive a substantial–even crucial–benefit from flight, and that it is moreover unethical to deprive these animals of the locomotion dictated by their biology. If they seem more receptive at a different hour, move to that time. Parrots use their wings for flying and for balance. The feathers should be cut at the point that the arrow 2 indicates. Some unscrupulous breeders find it more convenient that you cannot find your way back to them when problems arise. Clipping a bird’s flight feathers alters the aerodynamic shape of their wings, which directly affects their mobility. Many abnormal behaviours expressed in a home setting are normal Kakariki behaviours in the wild. They get around this by processing data needed to make their decision further back, in an area called the NCL. Clipping chicken wings involves the use of sharp shears to shorten the primary feathers — the first ten feathers at the end of one wing — to about half their length. Not only are these birds afraid of humans, they are physically disabled so that they can be held by their new owners despite their fear. Clip only the primary flight feathers: Different people like different styles of wing clipping, but in general, the most widely accepted, efficient, and effective method is to clip only the first five primary flight feathers on each of your bird's wings. Birds are no different. Read our, How to Identify and Get Rid of Parrot Lice, 5 Signs Mean Your Bird May Be Sick or in Pain, Mealy Amazon Parrot: Bird Species Profile, Major Mitchell's (Leadbeater's) Cockatoo: Bird Species Profile, Quaker Parrot (Monk Parakeet): Bird Species Profile. Good advice on a sensitive topic...for bird owners:)I am too afraid to clip our budgies wings. Kakariki are active birds by nature and confinement to a small space can be sufficient stress in itself to cause psychological disturbances. If you’re still on the fence about clipping your parrot’s wings, keep reading and we’ll go over the pros and cons, revealing the truth about this highly debated process. Begin by placing your pet on a proper diet, presented in a complicated way, for a number of weeks. Mentally: birds can become depressed and pluck feathers. Sure, they can still flutter a couple feet into the air, but they can’t fly around like before; therefore, their muscles may grow weak.