How to Clip a Bird’s Nails


How to Clip a Bird’s Nails. There’s no getting around it: clipping your
bird’s nails can be nerve-racking for both you and your feathered friend. But it’s got to be done. You will need A bird whose nails could use
a clipping Bird nail clippers Styptic powder Paper towels A helper Work gloves for your
helper and a towel. Step 1. Don’t rely on “sandpaper” perches to
keep your bird’s nails in shape. They don’t work, and they may hurt your
bird’s feet. Step 2. Ask an avian vet, bird breeder, or pet store
employee what will work best for your bird. For tiny finches, regular nail clippers can
be used. For large parrots, you may need an electric
nail grinder—no kidding! Step 3. Make sure all doors and windows in the room
are closed. Step 4. Gently remove your bird from her cage. If your bird isn’t hand-tame, wait until
late at night when she’s sleepy. Step 5. If your bird is large, have a helper—wearing
work gloves—hold her while you check her feet. If she’s small, hold her with one hand while
you check her nails with the other. f you have a large parrot with a strong beak,
your helper should use a towel to cover the bird’s head—gently, of course. Step 6. Hold the bird’s foot up to the light. If she has pale nails, you can easily avoid
nicking the vein inside the nail. Step 7. If your bird has dark nails, clip off only
about one-sixteenth of an inch. Step 8. No matter how long the bird’s nails are,
snip off only the short point at the end of each nail. Step 9. Work as quickly as you can. Pedicures are stressful for birds, so speak
calmly and soothingly to your bird as you clip. Step 10. Don’t freak if you take off a little too
much and the bird’s nail starts to bleed—this happens. Just wipe the nail gently with a paper towel
and dip it into styptic powder. The bleeding should stop quickly. Watch your bird carefully once she’s back
in the cage. If the bleeding persists, call an avian vet. Step 11. When you’re done, return your bird to her
cage and heave a sigh of relief. You two will get used to pedicures. Besides, you’ve just helped to protect her
from hurting herself—and you—without the stress of a vet visit. Did you know A hawk’s talons are curved
so it can grab prey, while a hen’s claws are flat and stumpy so she can walk around
easily.

30 thoughts on “How to Clip a Bird’s Nails

  1. Oh geez. My bird won't let me anywhere near her with nail clippers. She bites her nails, I guess she clips them herself.

  2. I'm not looking forward to trying this, but her claws got caught in my sweater last night and she was a bit freaked out–it's time for a pedicure, and i don't want to give her the stress of a vet visit. Thanks so much for the advice.

  3. Yesterday by mistake i cliped the blood part and there was too much blood and today my budgie was very sad and quite i think his sick… beacuse of his nails ? what i do pleas some one help

  4. It was a terrifying experience. I felt like I was performing surgery. Left them long, but at least shorter than they were. If you cut too the quick, it bleeds like hades and it's extremely painful. I didn't even get close to the quick! Um, no way. Go to the avian vet. They take like one minute and no harm no fowl(pun intended) you are out the door and birdie is happy!

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