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European Crane

European Crane
leopardstars29, 21 Mar 2013
    • IanRRobinson
      A good collection of cranes would fit well into HWP's remit..have to admit it always saddens me to see pinioned birds.
    • FBBird
      An increasing number of crane breeders are pinioning only the females, with the idea of full-winged males being more fertile. However, the cost of adequate size aviaries means that most captive cranes are still pinioned. It could be argued that a pinioned crane with acres of ground has better quality of life than a full-winged one in an aviary.
      I reared full-winged Mandarin Ducks last year, but following the death of one that killed itself against the aviary roof in a night fright, the survivors are now wing clipped.
      I'm afraid my pet hate is flight-restricted vultures, and to a lesser extent parrots.
    • kiang
      I don't think this crane is pinioned, it is in an enclosed aviary
    • PAT
      I always thought pinioning and wing clipping were two different thing. doesn't pinioning involve surgery and is pretty much irreversible. A bird that only has it's wings clipped will be able to fly again once it moults and grows new feathers.
    • Chlidonias
      Pinioning is removing the last joint of the wing (best done on chicks when it is a much simpler procedure). It is permanent.

      Wing-clipping is simply cutting the flight feathers short on one wing to unbalance the bird. It needs to be done every time new flight feathers grow.
    • leopardstars29
      She is pinioned, and is also a hand reared bird, all done at the collection that bred her
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