glad I asked around before getting back to you.
is so easy to be mesmerised by your own 'answer'
you forgot what you have seen yourself.
was going to say 2 weeks from the time your fid
fledged. Using my own experience from
the first 3-4 days of her fledging flight
nightmarish to me. That was because I did not
sufficiently for that and had not know of
flight is difficult for fid. Tink could fly
in straight line and meet the wall in heart
crash, so much so I nearly took up a pair of
while I ran around with a pillow trying to
her fall. I suspect many people took fright at
first flights and clipped the wings there and
I so nearly did myself.
by the third day, Tinkerbell managed well enough
make clumsy landings. And by end of 2nd week, flew
well from my perspective at that time.
my renowned hindsight, I would have prepared for
flight with drapes around the room so the
can have adequate footholds to avoid crashing to
Or fly the fid in an aviary so they can cling
the mesh and otherwise have enough perches to land
Moser, a breeder of Eclectus, felt it is
that they fly past their own volitional
flight they made of own accord. He felt
them before volitional flight may hinder them
for ever any volitional flight. He clips his
at 5 months prior to sending them to their new
(only for those who demand them clipped).
Biro and guru emeritus of Freeflight
bird should be fully weaned and probably at least
months to 1 year old or older if possible. Their
needs to have some
to "form and begin to solidify" - I know, not
added "My take on it is that learning flight
is very non-linear; just
fledging, every day brings noticeable
are much more gradual."
addition of Rex kicked in a very recent
of Tinkerbell that I otherwise will not
noticed and added here.
have been flying about 1 year 9 months now and
have read of the gradual flying skills that she
and I thought like Rex, improvements will be
gradual as she was already flying very well. The
three nights showed a further change. She flew
full speed towards the wall, then abruptly turned
the proverbial dime to a new direction. She did
consistently so I have to disagree with Rex as
demonstrated breath taking improvemment in
even though I did not expect it and it wasn't
to your question, and as you may have clients
down your neck and your cannot afford to
one year and nine months, I do believe that if
babes are weaned and 2 weeks past volitional
clipping them then prior to sending them to
homes is far better than not letting them fledge
all. Best is to keep them to 6 months as advised
Chris. But by letting them fledge and fly, you
still be doing far better than breeders who may
even let them fledge at all.
I was in Wellington, I saw Dino,a free flying
kept by Jennifer Randell and her lovely
Shannen. Proud as I am of Tinkerbell, the
of Dino was breathtaking in grace and beauty.
brought to mind the swimming and leaping of
as Dino flew down the corridor between the
room and her room. Dino's grace and beauty was
contrast to the raw power and agility of
like comparing a ballerina to Mike Tyson.
heart was clearly with Jen though she came to
bribes offered by me and my wife.
have fun with your Alexandrines.
- wife, Tinkerbell - CAG & surrogate daughter
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