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Re: Galah Cockatoo

Postby ginger » Fri May 18, 2012 3:05 pm

JAIMMORR, I really do hope that you leave this forum and take your hypocrisy and pettiness with you. Don't just keep coming back here to stir up trouble. You belong on a forum where people only agree with you. Hmmm, it looks to me when I read your last post that you are doing exactly that same thing by calling anyone who doesn't agree with you "condescending" and "rude." Maybe you could find a forum for children since you have such a juvenile attitude. I'm sure there you will find lots of people who will agree with you and be "nice." Looks like that is what you want and not real advice from anyone with knowledge and experience.
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Re: Galah Cockatoo

Postby cmaygar » Wed Jun 06, 2012 3:28 pm

cml wrote:Why would you clip your parrot? I am not going to rant, but its like removing a dog's legs, something that would be seen as very cruel indeed.

And as penny wrote, I dont think michael will throw you off just for having a different opinion ;).

I clip mine for their safety. I have a house with floor to ceiling glass throughout the entire living area that looks out over the pool and it would be so easy for a bird to try to fly through that 16' high fixed glass that takes up about 60' of length in my living room and family room that it would be cruel not to clip them. I also have ceiling fans that could be deadly to a flighted bird; understanding that someone could easily forget to turn off the fan if a bird were flying about. On top of that, I have 3 dogs and a cat that would be driven to absolute distraction by a flighted bird and their nature would be to chase a flighted bird.

So to mitigate the distinct possibility of having a 120 lb. German Shepherd, a 75 lb Vizsla (hungarian pointer),a 6 lb Miniature Pinscher and my indoor/outdoor barn cat bouncing off of the walls to chase a flying bird and destroying my house and potentially killing my birds, it's in everyone's best interest here to clip their wings. My birds get lots of "out" time. The dogs and cat don't bother the birds when they're on their stands and play gym. They're also very skillful acrobats and get a lot of exercise!

I had a Quaker parakeet for 24 years who had her wings clipped and she had a very happy, healthy and long life.

I respect folks that support flighted birds but also think that the "flighted" folks should acknowledge that there are some circumstances where a clipped bird is in a much safer environment when he/she cannot fly entirely for the bird's safety which is totally dependent on the home environment where the bird lives.
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Re: Galah Cockatoo

Postby Elizebird » Wed Jun 06, 2012 8:27 pm

If you go look up BirdTricks on youtube, I believe they have 3 galahs. They love them and they look adorable! One of the three trainers, Jamieleigh, says they're like Australian pigeons as they're ground feeders and foragers. I recommend the videos if you want to see more! :)
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Re: Galah Cockatoo

Postby jge1 » Sat Nov 30, 2019 10:44 am

I have an old rescued Galah, he is obese when he tries to fly he usually does not go far, then crash lands, If he lands on me, aiming for my shoulder he tries to drag himself up with his beak, excruciatingly painful and he gets agitated if you try to gently intervene, he is on a good diet now pellets and fresh veg.I wondered about clipping temporarily, to prevent injury to myself and him.
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Re: Galah Cockatoo

Postby Pajarita » Sun Dec 01, 2019 11:01 am

Hi, Jg and Galah - welcome to the forum!

Please do not clip him - it will not solve anything and will only delay his getting better -and he really, really needs to get better because obesity kills parrots more than anything else as it implies a host of fatal conditions: hepatic lipidosis, cardiovascular disease, kidney malfunction, high cholesterol, etc. If you clip him, you will be taking away the ONLY exercise he has to lose weight and regain flight. What you need to do is put him on a good diet (and, mind you, pellets ain't it AT ALL!) and exercise his wings so he regains strength in them and the self-confidence he now lacks (and why he squeezes so hard with his toes when he hangs on).

To exercise his wings you need to make him flap them as much and as hard as possible. You do this by making him perch on your hand or arm (blunt his claws so they don't make holes in your flesh and wear something long sleeved and thick but no gloves), raise it above your head and suddenly and fast bring it down. This will make him flap his wings and by doing it over and over and over every day, his muscles will become stronger and his tendons more flexible. As he will also continue to try to fly, you will start noticing that his flights cover a longer horizontal distance before he 'falls' to the floor and that he will have more control over his landings. Once you see noticeable improvement, start using what I call the 'softball throw': grab his body with both hands with him facing forward (his tail will be against your chest) and 'throw' him very gently (the same way a softball pitcher throws the ball - kind of upward a bit so it makes like an arch: up and then down) toward a soft landing (a bed, a sofa, a folded quilt on the floor).

I got a 10 year old caique two years ago at the end of October which could not fly even though his wings were not clipped and, although he will never be a good flier (they need to learn to fly when babies), he now flies about 15 ft without starting the downward curve, flies to perch on shoulders on its own and lands without a problem wherever he wants and not just where he happens to fall. And this was achieved with these two exercises so I know for a fact they work.
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