Wing clipping is an act where the owner or a veterinariar clips some of the flight feathers of a companion parrot. The concrete result of this act is that the bird can no longer fly until the feathers grow back. Even though it's still relatively commonly done, there are many unethical sides about this act. Why is wing clipping done in a first place? Why should it not be done? What are the better options?
What makes a cockatiel attack? What are the reasons behind the aggressive behavior? How can you build a better relationship with an aggressive bird?
The dominant silver (aka "dominant edged" or "UK silver") is a lovely color that is known to be lighten progressively at each molt. There's a lot of variation among this color allready, so how can one tell which babies really are dominant silvers? And how does the color change? This article assumes that the reader knows some basic genetics and is familiar with the dominant silver mutation and coloration.
A question was posted to me on 30th of August in 2007 on cockatiels. Routine for me but this question stood out from the rest.
Before the year 2005 there were only six different colors in Finland. These colors were normal grey, pearl, lutino, cinnamon, pied and whiteface. But I had seen some pictures of dominant silvers and started to dream about them. I also fell in love with the sex-linked yellowcheeks. I was very young during the time but I received the importing licence and started to search for the perfect breeder.
Otto Lutz is a german breeder, breeding quality show birds also in special color mutations. I visited Mr. Lutz in 2005 and bought three birds from him. I also wrote a story about my trip and made an interview. Mr. Lutz was very polite and charismatic and gave me some good answers.