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You've got a bird with clipped wings and now start to wonder whether the feathers will grow back or not? I've got good news for you: They will regrow but it may take several months up to a year until the plumage is fully intact again.
Each bird undergoes a natural process which is called moult. During the moult, the old feathers drop out and immediately new feathers grow (see health chapter). In nature parrot birds need to be able to fly all of the time and therefore they don't lose all their wing feathers (primaries and secondaries) at one time. Due to this the trimmed feathers don't regrow all at the same time. It may take a long time until the process is complete.
A bird whose wings have been clipped needs to learn to fly. I mean really fly and not only flutter. Often the supporters of wing clipping say that the birds are still able to fly. But the truth is that the birds can only flap a bit and not gain height. The point where they lift off is the highest point of their flight, they decline with each metre they fly. Since they don't really fly (which means ascending, too) their muscles aren't strong enough for carrying them a longer time.
After the feathers have regrown the birds must train the muscles first. Often the untrained "pilots" crash into walls or furniture because they don't know how to navigate and they overestimate their muscular strength. While your bird is learning to fly you should carefully watch him and also try to encourage him when he seems to be frustrated after several crash-landings.
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