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Conure Wing Clipping

Are you interested in becoming an owner of a conure parrot? These birds are attractive with their bright plumage, which makes them a popular bird variety to bring home as pets. Aside from their innate beauty, conure parrots are highly intelligent, very trainable, and are social birds that are well-behaved. Conures is the collective term for the birds belonging to the family Psittacidae, and there are five genera of conures. Most of these genera originated from South American countries, such as Brazil and Mexico.

Conures are very popular pets because of their playful nature and mild manners. They can be taught to speak, like many parrot species, and they can also do tricks. If you are thinking about owning a conure as a pet, know one important thing: you should trim the bird’s wings. Aside from providing the right shelter and nutrition for your conure parrots, this is a very essential process in the care and maintenance of the birds. Why should you clip a bird’s wings? Does this hurt them?

According to sources, wing clipping helps in ensuring the safety of the conures, as well as other birds that are kept as house pets. If a bird flies around the house, it can easily bump into fixtures, furniture, glass windows, and the like. If you have ceiling fans and other electrical appliances, they are at risk of coming into contact with them. There have been reports of conure parrots getting stuck in small spaces, such as behind the refirgerator, and the like, because their wings were unclipped.

Also, wing clipping prevents the bird from escaping. Whenever you will need to take your conure out of the house, whether it is to expose him to the sun for a while, or to go to the vet, he can fly away from you. Wing clipping also makes it easier for you to train the conure, and to control its behavior, since it will not be flying away while you are trying to teach it.

When you spread open one wing, you will notice that the feathers are arranged in three tiers. The outermost feathers, which are the longest and the largest, are called the primary feathers, and they are the ones responsible for flight. The second layer or tier is called the major coverts, and the layer of smaller feathers nearest to the bird’s shoulders is the minor converts. When clipping, you will need to cut off the tips of the primary feathers. The number of primaries depends on the species or genus, but typically you may cut off 5 to 10.

You will need to spread out the wing when you are doing this. Use sharp scissors and trim off about 3 to 5 centimeters off the primaries. You can do this when the bird is already beginning to fly. If you are unsure of how to do this, you can always take your conure to the vet, and he or she will administer the wing clipping. Remember, you can learn to master this yourself, it takes some practice and a little know-how to do so.


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