Thursday, October 21, 2010

Clipping Manzi

I have decided to clip Manzi for my upcoming trip to Minnesota. It is a long drive and when I get there I will have to stay with Manzi and Maui in a motel for at least a few days. I don't want Manzi crashing into any windows or even worse, getting out during the drive and getting lost in a completely unknown area. Despite that, clipping him is extremely hard (emotionally for both of us). He loves flying around and I hate to take that away from him. He is going to be so sad and lose his sparkle by having to walk every where. It nearly makes me tear up just thinking about it.
I will clip him very slowly just clipping one feather on each side per day. So far, I have clipped two on each side. He can still fly, but he is definitely exerting quite a bit more effort than before. Since my move is a month away, hopefully not too much after the move he'll be flighted again enjoying the new place.


Michael, Kili, Truman said...

I can't believe you're doing this! They have window curtains in all motels, just cover the windows. I don't see how restricting his flight will make a difference. And if you're worried about getting kicked out for Manzi being a menace, clipped or not, it's still bound to happen! :p

Adele said...

They do have curtains in motels, but at my relative's house I cannot have them cover every window and mirror in their house. Manzi crashed head on into a mirror in my sister's house and I was very lucky that he was alright. Many windows don't even have curtains/covers. In that case, he would have to be locked up the entire time. Plus, I would never forgive myself if he flew away and got lost somewhere along the way.

Michael, Kili, Truman said...

I don't understand how you trust him to do outdoor freeflight and then not to fly around a hotel room? I try to introduce my parrots to other people's homes so they would be more aware of these differences. Mostly they don't fly much cause they get shy but when they do, it doesn't seem to be too much of a problem. Truman did bounce off a window once, don't think he'll be doing that one again.

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