It took Peaches our rescue Sennie about nine months to fully grow back her wings at the age of 8, having been kept clipped since she was six months old.
About 30 days after the wing clip we started to define landing areas.
I’ll always begin with the birdcage because it should be place your bird is most comfortable with in the home.
We added a Booda rope perch, in an inverted “U” position on the top of her cage.
Someplace she could land as well as hang out.
I’ll start at about 1 foot and gently toss the bird towards the target (bird cage) in this case being her own cage.
Cockatiel are a very fast and efficient flyers, they can easily attain speeds of up to 30 mph quite quickly, ergo starting with the 1 foot distance.
At 12 to 18 inches they really can’t attain enough inertia to endure serious body damage.
After two or three tosses, she was landing directly onto the top of the birdcage perch.
Each day I would extend the distance ending at about 20 feet from her birdcage.
She actually taught herself the rest of the landing areas.
She was the first bird I had that would follow me around our 62 foot long apartment and pick appropriate landing areas so that she could be with me in whatever room I would occupy.
That said, you can in fact get parrots with clipped wings to exercise.
Try holding their feet while they wing flap or chase them around a small blank or having them climb the stairs.
Re: “These birds have big beaks made to open nuts, and if they bite you it causes severe pain and in the case of the bigger ones, serious damage!
And they are temperamental, if you displease them in any way you are very likely to get bitten”.
If you get bitten, it’s your own damn fault.
Is important that you learn how to “speak bird”.
As of this writing (10/08/2018) we’ve added a 15 year old rescue African ringneck to our home about five weeks ago.
Given the opportunity he will bite your hand so we don’t give him the opportunity.
We also have total control over him using what we call a redirect.
He will do anything to not be separated from one of his favorite bell toys.
By moving the bell toy from his home cage to his travel cage and then from his travel cage to his mother home cage, Keto is more than happy to change cages or sit on your hand or arm and be entertained by the bell toy with no biting involved.
As for borrowing a bird, I would never in a million years suggest that somebody borrow a bird.
It could take months if not a year or two for any bird to adjust in a new household, thus any indicators from the bird will be based upon its displacement.
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