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Importance of Fledging

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Fledging can be defined as that crucial time in a baby birds life when they are beginning to lose weight (beginning the weaning process), and learn how to fly - stopping starting, crashing, going fast, going slow, hovering, and getting to where they want to go when they want to go there. This is fledging. I agree with Eb and Phoebe that fledging is one of the most important times for a baby bird for many reasons:

 

More Confidant - a baby bird that has learned how to fly is more sure of themselves and less apt to have "issues" later on in life because they know who they are and what they are. That may sound a bit extreme until you run into a bird that screams incessantly because they don't know how to entertain themselves and think for themselves. Or a bird that bites every time you try and pick it up because it is afraid. A bird that has learned how to fly WELL is a bird that is far less apt to have these problems (provided that other things are there as well - this is just part of the puzzle).

Healthier - it takes work to learn how to fly. A baby bird that has flown for a good 4 - 6 weeks is a bird that has healthy musculature on their chest. The muscles had a chance to develop.

 

Smarter - a bird that has to "think" how to land, when to land, where it wants to go, when it wants to go, why it wants to go, etc. etc. is a bird that has stretched its mental capacity to the fullest. It has been proven in young children that if they don't use it they lose it. Each child starts out with billions and billions of synapses in the brain and as patterns in a child's life begin those synapses begin to die - literally, and highways or heavily traveled roads begin to develop. I think that this is also the case for baby parrots!

And more fun. One of the joys in life is watching babies of anything! What energy! What verve for life! Flying fosters this. They learn how to fly and be adventurous. They try and test things out. In other words they live life to the fullest!

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