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Old 06-23-2007, 01:34 AM
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Re: How to bond more with my ekkie

I have wrestled with this problem since I got Skippah.
I want him uncaged, yet safe and happy at all times. So to clip or not to clip?
I had to clip him when he was younger so I could get near him. To convince him to enjoy my company, I clipped his wing. He could coast down and even flap upwards for a short distance. Last 3 feathers of one wing. In the time the wing has been unclipped, I have worked a lot with him handling wise. Maybe over handling? can you do that? Anyway. Now that he no longer lives in a cage, but on a perch 24/7 (see pix elsewhere, its a cool prech) he can be handled by me and Debbie. He has fewer panicy attack in reagrds to kittens walking neaby and dogs play fighting underfoot. So now He is a more Happy confident bird, I am tempted to let his wing grow out. He will step up on command, even when scared, even on the end of a broom, so I think I can handle it.
This would mean I have a fully flighted Cockatoo loose in the house, and I am not sure what problems that would bring.
Dilemma: non caged bird? Still safe?
Caged bird? Unhappy bird?
Uncaged, flighted bird? Happy, safe bird,.....Win Win?
I am trying to make the latter work. A fully flighted bird, on a perch, 24/7 who is happy and safe at all times. So far so good.

I have pictures to prove its working so far, but if he gets too "cocky" or dominant or flighty or anti social in any way, I will again clip him and let it grow out again and try and work on the problem as it grows out. Then in 4 or five years I will have worked out all the bird bugs and have the perfect uncaged, fully flighted, walking talking flyng buddy.

Right? thats all it should take? Right?

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