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Are you stupid enough to open a window while your bird is flying around the room?? If so you are an irresponsible bird keeper.
NO..What about just a window SHUT..the bird doesn't know if it is closed or not...then BANG..a possible broken neck..in my glass is clear.
No, I am I RESPONSIBLE bird keeper.
Our budgie flies very fast. The geometry of my house lends itself to getting up speed and I have seen him whip around a corner and almost hit the doorway. Also, last year during my daughters birthday party we a lot of guests and my wife opened the cage and he took off for a flight around the house. A goup of people were standing near the front door and he almost had an opportunity to go through the door. Someone had just opened it and a few seconds sooner he would have been gone.

It is unfortunate that your friend lost her two budgies. Must have been a nightmare. As tame as these birds are, I don't think I have ever heard of anyone getting their bird back after it escapes.

Thanks for the compliment. Several people criticize me about wing clipping, and I don't care.
Thanks for the compliment. Several people criticize me about wing clipping, and I don't care.

You need to do what's right for you. I lost a budgie because she flew down a hallway she'd never approached before, following my son's voice, and went out the door as he opened it from the outside. We never recovered her, even though she stayed in our tree for many hours, and we were called with several sightings in the weeks to follow.
On a positive note, I found a darling budgie on our front lawn a year and a half ago and captured him. He's happy and healthy; someone's loss was my gain. Emotion: smile
Becky
I don't think I could do this myself. When the vet does it there is always a small amount of ... when she finishes. My family is very attached to this bird and I'm not about to cause harm to him.

Your vet should be experienced enough not to cut into the vein surely. Besides it hurts. Try jabbing something underneath your finger nail and see how much. Cutting nails until they bleed really isn't acceptable in birds any more than it would be if a groomer did it to a dog. Only difference I suppose is that the dog would retaliate :0)
I personally never trim nails. I use concrete perches as well as natural wood and rope perches and this seems to do the trick nicely.
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.A question.

In the wild, do you imagine they are constantly flying into the sides of houses, trees, mountains etc? Do you imagine nature didn't give him his aerodynamic shape, eyes and scimitar like wings, in order to fly well and avoid obstacles? Many years ago when I kept only 3 or 4 pet budgies in forces accommodation, mine were loose all the time. The army doesn't offer large homes to families. Not one of my budgies ever flew into anything.
Anything else..WHAT ABOUT A WINDOW?

what about a window? None of my flighted birds smashes into the window. Either put a blind or some kind of voile or lace in front of the glass while the bird is out or draw the curtains. HArdly rocket science is it?
I agree. A friend of mine accidently lost her two budgies to a door that was opened...and it wasn't opened ... glass. Out of interest, do you have insect mesh on your windows? Have you one of those insect mesh doors?[/nq]There is a huge cultural difference between America where people generally prevent their birds from flying, and here in UK where generally birds are kept flighted. The propoganda in America would have people belive that UK birds must escape, smash into walls, fly into windows etc on a regular basis. It conjures up a wonderful image of a sort of free for all of birds. You would imagine the whole country to be populated by huge flocks of budgies, cockatiels, parrots of all kinds, just flying loose and smashing into trees, walls, windows etc.

I can assure you this is not the case :0) I have pictures of my alexandrines flying free in my tiny 11ft x 11 ft living room along with quakers, amazons etc. That room has a huge Georgian window. Not one bird has ever been daft enough to fly into it. A little organisation around the home, a little attention to detail to ensure the bird's safety , and you too can enjoy the aerobatics of a creature which nature designed to fly, in the comfort of your own home.
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