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Should you trim your bird’s wings?

What Is Wing Clipping?

If you’re new to bird ownership, or are thinking about your first bird, you may have also thought about wing clipping. Many people new to avian care believe this is the permanent (and painful) trimming of wing flesh to prevent flight feathers from regrowing. Nothing can be further from the truth! A wing clip is like trimming your own nails or getting a haircut. It involves trimming 3 to 6 long flight feathers at the tips of your bird’s wings. This trim prevents her from gaining altitude but still allows your bird the ability to descend to the floor in a controlled, gentle manner should she need to.

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Brazilian Black Update

Grammostola pulchra

After a recent molt (12/10/2016), I was disappointed that the apparent gender of my gorgeous Brazi Black is male.

He is a voracious eater and never disappoints. This seems to be a trend on all the male individuals I’ve owned. Females seem more cautious – is that a thing with tarantulas? I will have to ask the guys at Arachnoboards if it’s a coincidence. I have not been feeding the collection for fast growth, but he easily outpaces my other species.