I've seen the "Clipped vs. Flighted" debate on soooo many birds and each time it's gone bad...people with strong opinions on both side clashing terribly.
I understand that this is not what you mean to do by it, but it will probably be best to keep a close eye on this discussion (warranted there isn't too many of us yet so it shouldn't get too out of hand).
I don't believe one is necessarily better than the other. I think there are situations that call for clipped birds and situations that call for flighted birds. So I guess, right now, for 4 our of my 5 birds I intentionally keep them flighted and for one remaining bird I purposely keep her clipped.
Why do I do this?
One, I like the extra exercise my birds get from flying. When they went to my last vet check, they were found to be quite muscular and in shape. It pleased my vet and it pleased me.
When I got Joey he was clipped. He was a bit nervous and touchy. I let his wings grow in and he became more confident in himself. He's a totally different bird.
If hormones are a-flying and they become a bit, how to put it, less cooperative, I clip one or two feathers to slow them down but not to stop them completely from flying and they start cooperating again.
Also, I have a living arrangement that allows me to keep them flighted; the only way outside out of my appartment is through the patio door and this door remains closed most of the time and I only have myself or my boyfriend to look after to make sure all birds are in when the door is opened (this door will now be closed until next spring...). There are no kids to go in and out. The birds are in when I cook so there aren't any chances of them coming and burning themselves and my bathroom door is closed when they are out so no ending up in the toilet. There are no fans to fly into and no place high enough that I couldn't retrieve them if they flew there.
If anything would change and would make it dangerous for me to own flighted birds and that the pros of keeping them flighted would be outweighed by the cons, I would probably clip them again. I'll try to make it so that doesn't happen, but you never know.
Petey I keep clip for safety reasons.
a) I don't want her to be able to fly after the others to attack them;
b) I don't want her to be able to fly on me to attack me (we've had some close calls).
Until she calms down and acts in a nicer way, she will remained clipped.