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Probably A good idea. Anyone else thinks it's okay? I know that people say that sandpaper is not good.

Concrete perches (such as Polly's Pastels; there are other brands on the market as well) will wear down the tips of nails. I have a few Polly's Pastels, but the Hagen brand is just as good and they're less pricey. Perches should be in varying widths. Also, wooden perches are superior to plastic ones. Natural tree branches are good, too. Just make sure the natural wood you choose is not poisonous. Sandpaper covers are very bad for birds' tender feet.
Also, it wa - 2 degrees F at my house this morning. Yesterday I cancelled the appointment with the vet ... cold out. Hope this crappy waether doesn't last. Just got $350.00 worth of heating oil in less than 1 month.

Birds can be quite resiliant to the cold. But I'd still be leery about transporting birds when it's really cold, like "Arctic" cold. I'm in the process of bringing home a pair (a Fischers and a lutino Peachface) of lovebirds, one of whom has neurological problems. They've been sitting at my friends' pet store for the last two weeks because I just find it much too frigid to transport them from the store to my car. It's been about -30 degrees C. here the last ten days or so. I'm not about to take any chances with that kind of weather.
Linda
Thanks for the info Linda. He does have one "tree branch" type of perch that we got a the pet store a while back. The others are plastic as well as a later that is wire like the cage material. I will get what you recommended after we get him clipped in two weeks. I was going to do it today but it was very cold here in New England and I didn't want to take a chance so I canceled. I still do not feel comfortabe clipping wings and nails. The vet is pricey, but she does that gram stool test (I think thats the right terminology) and checks other stuff as well.
Thanks again.
Won't your vet just clip the wings and nails without all the other procedures? I know all that other stuff is expensive, but I don't think it needs to be done often.
I just get my macaws wings and nails clipped and it is pretty reasonable.
I'd check to see if she would do only those things.
Yes she will do only clipping and trimming but the bird hasn't been examined for over a year. It's not all that expensive and it only occurs once a year. I usually have the clipping done two or three times a year.
Why the hell would you want to clip a budgie's wings??
I'm not crazy about the idea, but when the feathers get long he can fly around the house at high speeds. This guy will makes laps around the house and I am afraid that some day he wll splatter himself on a wall. I have a small house and the doorways are narrow. He has had near hits at times. When the vet clips his wings (feathers I gues is the proper terminolgy, she only cuts enough to slow him down a bit. There is also the danger of flying out an open door. We are very careful in that regard but there is always a chance. Once out the door I have heard that recovery is not promising.
So the clipping is for his own protection. We have been criticized by family memebers about this but I feel that if I have a pet it is my responsibilty to keep it save and healhy.
We have a Betta fish and his water gets changed and checked on a regular basis. I don't think I will be brinng him to the vet for a checkup though.
Why would your budgie fly into a wall? Has he got really bad eyesight? You clip his wings because it benefits you not the bird. It is your responsibility to make him safe and to keep doors closed. I have never heard of a budgie flying into a wall or anything else.
I agree. A friend of mine accidently lost her two budgies to a door that was opened...and it wasn't opened long.
What about windows? You can't keep them covered all the time. Birds need sunshine coming in.
I think it is great that you feel the responsibility to keep your bird safe and healthy.
Good job finiteguy!
Anything else..WHAT ABOUT A WINDOW?
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