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Do I clip Lemonpie or not?

FeatheredM

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So long story short, my cockatiel Lemonpie still has no tail feathers and he's began molting his wing feathers. I don't know if having his flight feathers might hurt him trying to fly, or help him be less clumsy. He came clipped and I want him to fly, but I'm not sure if it's safe without no tail feathers.
I meant to put do, not so on the title:)
 

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Would you like your title altered?
 

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If his wings are molting, that's a good sign that his tail feathers will be growing in soon.
I really don't want to clip him, I'm just afraid that he will be flying with absolute no control before his tail feathers come in
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Yes please, the title sounds sounds a little rude lol. Thank you so much!
 

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The theme in many of my suggestions is to figure out if there's an actual problem before deciding on (potentially unnecessary) solutions to deal with it.

You may find that your worry about safety doesn't manifest into a problem, or Lemonpie figures things out on his own without your intervention.

I think people often choose a path simply to create certainty, even if the certain path isn't their ideal.

TL;DR - "I want him to fly", so don't clip.
 

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Pretty sure clipping would just make him less capable and safe again so I would not clip your bird.
His tail feathers are very likely to start growing in at a similar time to the flights if he is moulting and many birds do actually fly quite well with damaged or no tails. The more you alter your birds wings the longer it will take him to learn how to fly and the more often he will break or damage tail feathers- it is a bit of a catch 22.
 

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I see you've already made a decision, but I'm dropping this here for others who may stumble into this thread...

You don't get better at something by not doing it.

... not sure where I read that originally, but it fits this situation (and many others).
 

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has no tail feathers and he's began molting his wing feathers. I don't know if having his flight feathers might hurt him trying to fly
When moulting your bird will only moult a couple of feathers at a time so they are able to keep flying. They won´t drop all of the flight feathers at once.

My Jaime pulls his tail out, and he can fly perfectly fine with or without it, even when moulting.
 
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