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What's the best way to clip a doves wings?
I don't want to cut too much off.
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No No No. Jay, why do you want to clip the wings? It isn't necessary if you devote enough time to training. Even the tail should only be trimmed occasionally just to neaten it up.
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This is older dove I recently acquired. Dave, the dove I got from you was great. He imprinted on me and I had no problems with it. This dove is not yet trained and I don't want him to take off on me.
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Jay, practice with it in a confined room so if it does fly off, it won't have anywhere to do. You can spray cold water under it's wings to retard the flying as well. Clipping doesn't prevent it from flying off either. It just makes it uncomfortable and may cause it to drop to the floor or fly into something.

While I don't condone wing clipping, you clip off no more than an inch on every other feather on both wings but again, this isn't going to stop it from flying. The best solution is training.
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Hi, Jay!
Most of us here will give you the advice to train rather than clip.

If you insist on clipping, however, check to see if there's a bird shop in your area (one in my neighborhood, for example, is a pet store that specializes in parrots and the like). They often have groomers there on certain days of the week. You can have your dove professionally safely groomed (including wings) for a very small fee.
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I was under the impression that one of the main reasons doves are used is because they don't like to keep flying; but prefer to land on the nearest "safe" perch. I don't yet own any doves. Just have a non-performing cockatiel who thinks she is human. If you go slow in the trust building, I don't think you will need to clip either.
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Doves will almost always fly to the highest perch but the point is to keep it from flying off to thatch unless they have been trained to do so. Clipping the wings will prevent that from happening, eliminate the possibility of doing the toss out and reduces their ability to excercise
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All I can bring to the table is: I know how to trim wings the WRONG way! (No, I didn't hurt my dove.....I'll just leave it as a mystery!!) Smile
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There is no right or wrong way, just something that shouldn't and doesn't need to be done.
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