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How old should a bird be the first time you clip their wings?

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My parakeet has a hatchling. Right now it's not going anywhere, but I want to make sure that I can keep him safe. How old should he be when I clip his wings?
asked Mar 5, 2014 in Bird Care by anonymous
edited Mar 5, 2014

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You can clip a young bird's wings after it has learned to fly. When feather grow back or after a molt is completed and the bird can fly a few feet, you can clip the wings again. Clip the major covert (textrix), the outermost and largest wing feathers. Make sure you know exactly how much to clip without causing damage to the bird. If you are unsure, consult an avian vet.
answered Mar 6, 2014 by (36,420 points)