Wing clipping, beak trimming and nail clipping

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Re: Wing clipping, beak trimming and nail clipping

Post by Ronda on Sun Apr 13, 2008 6:23 pm

It's different for all birds Tammy. Some may be a few months others could almost be a year. Depends on when they come into a molt with their wings. If you notice Mischief gaining height at all than he may have grown a few feathers in that need clipped. I know our cockatiel just had to have two of his clipped that grew back but yet the others were still fine. Same with SweetHeart our TAG. But so far she has only had one grow in on each side and she is still doing good so I'm just leaving her be right now. As for the nails that's kind of the same thing, you can get a cement perch to try to keep them down naturally, but I'm noticing with SweetHeart that isn't working to well lol. I may have to tackle her and use the little nail clippers on her. The beak they can rub on the cement perches as well.
Beak trimming: Some parrots have beaks that tend to become overgrown. It is usually advisable to have an avian vet attend to the beak trimming. However, if the very tip of the beak has become very sharp, you can easily file the tip with a nail file or emery board. A parrot's beak is made up of layers of beak material and will occasionally look like it is peeling. Usually this is normal, but if it is excessive, a visit to the vet would confirm if there is a fungus or bacterial infection present. It is important to keep the beak clean at all times to prevent infections.

It kind of just goes by what is needed by the bird and when everything grows back. So just keep an eye on Mischief. If his nails are getting too rough than give them a little clip.
Clipping toenails: The toenails of a pet bird grow very quickly, and it is important to keep them trimmed to prevent them from curling and to keep you from getting scratched while holding them. A bird whose nails have begun to curl can easily get caught on chains, toys, and cage wire and not be able to escape, causing severe injury and death. You need a high-quality pair of clippers, some alcohol and some Quik-Stop on hand. Make sure you rinse the clippers in alcohol before using them, so they will be disinfected. In the event you clip too closely and the toenail starts to bleed, apply the Quik-Stop immediately. The nails should be clipped on the very tips, taking care not to clip beyond the blood vessel that runs into the nail. By viewing the bottom side of the nail, you can clearly see where the blood vessel stops.

Hope this helps Tammy! I'm sure some others will be along to answer as well.

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Post by Mischief on Sun Apr 13, 2008 2:17 pm

Hi guys and gals
A question - Mischief is going through a hormonal period and every now and again digs the claws into my hands as hard as possible and that got me thinking.
How often should the wings be clipped?
How often should a beak be trimmed?
How often should the nails be trimmed/clipped? Any advice on this one would be great. I currently look like I fell in a rose bush. Laughing

Thanks a ton
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