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Our budgie flies very fast. The geometry of my house lends itself to getting up speed and I have seen ... the cage and he took off for a flight around the house.Well that really was a bit silly wasn't it?

I can see now that with the lack of common sense in your wife, you have to ground the bird in case her silliness manages to kill it.Say no more.
Thank you for all your posts. Something to think about. You say that you have found stray birds? Our bird has one of those little bracelets around his ankle ( I guess its his ankle) and the pet store recorded the number.Hopefully if he got out we would get him back. I know that if I found a bird and it had an ID tag, I would trey ot get it back to it's family. So you let your budgies fly freely? Unfortuantely it wouldn't work well in my house. We do spend a lot of time with him. He has quite a vocabulary. What do you thiink about the nail problem which is what the original post is about. Some people feel that concrete perches are good. Any oppinions on that?
Our budgie flies very fast. The geometry of my house lends itself to getting up speed and I have seen ... to go through the door. Someone had just opened it and a few seconds sooner he would have been gone.

How can you be concerned about the birds safety and then let it fly around a house full of people you can't control for the sole purpose of showing off?
I find concrete perches or the ones that are wood and have a treatment like the concrete perches are excellent for keeping the nails trimmed down. I have a gray-cheeked parakeet (not of the budgie family) and a B/G macaw and they work great on their nails. When I had conures, not a problem at all with the nails as soon as I got concrete perches. They are EXCELLENT and I would highly recommend them. Polly Pastels is a great brand.
Have you tried getting your vet to show you how to clip the wings? It's is really easy if you know what to look for. Just make sure you have some of the powder (easily bought a pet stores) the vet uses. I think it is called Quick-Stop. I'm not sure of the spelling but I think you know what I mean.
BLL
Wasn't my choice to open the bird's cage. If I were near the cage it would not have been opened. We don't show off the bird. The guests usually like to listen to him talk and the cage didn't need to be opened. I don't think that my wife expected that the bird would take off. She wasn't happy about it. Bottom line is that nothing bad happened.
She did show me once about how to identify blood feathers. I still feel weird about cutting them. Although he is very tame, I have never been able to hold him. He will perch on my hand for a long time ( he loves my antique pocket watch and likes to peck at reflection), but I have never been able to hold him and I think you need to be able to do that to clip the nails and feathers. The vet seems to know what she is doing so I pay to have it done. Only happens twice ayear so it inn't a big deal.
Thank you for all your posts. Something to think about. You say that you have found stray birds? Our bird ... which is what the original post is about. Some people feel that concrete perches are good. Any oppinions on that?

I have 2 concrete perches in the budgie cage, different sizes. The budgies take turns sleeping on the highest one. The other is placed so they have to step on it to get to the food cup. Otherwise there are many different types of perches in the cage..rope, natural branch, wood. I have one little section of sandpaper on an out-of-the-way perch that they can use if they want. They love standing there chewing all the sand particles off of it. I never have to trim their nails.
Becky
She did show me once about how to identify blood feathers. I still feel weird about cutting them. Although he ... she is doing so I pay to have it done. Only happens twice ayear so it inn't a big deal.

It's an itty bitty virtually harmless bird. How is it even possible to not be able to hold it?
"the vet seems to know what she is doing" The bird and the vet have both outwitted you.
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