How can I cut my parrot nails

Care of claws and beak in birds

Birds use their claws not only for sitting, hopping and running, but also for Scratching, climbing, dangling, carrying, eating and cleaning. That is why birds have to watch out for their claws and beaks keep healthy and fit for action. Wild birds find opportunities for this in nature. In the case of pet birds, however, the owners have to take care of the care that they cannot do themselves.

Claw care for birds

Claw care is important for all ornamental birds, because both small birds such as finch or canary and large ones like Beo or Amazone can quickly get too long.

Too long claws in birds

Pet birds often do not find enough opportunities to wear off their claws on their own. That happens especially when everyone Perches and plastic brackets in the enclosure are the same thickness are. Because the birds cannot wear the tips of their claws and the thick balls of cornea under their toes.

Too long claws in birds can have serious consequences:

  • The bird can twist its feet when landing, hopping, or running.
  • Long claws can be the cause of Inflammation and pain be.
  • The bird can get stuck on bars, upholstered furniture, carpets or curtains, injure itself or wriggle to death

Cut and shorten the bird's claws

If the claws are only a little longer than normal, simple means of shortening the claws will help:

  • Twigs and branches of various thicknesses and bends with the roughest possible bark as seating.
  • Birds that love to climb need one Climbing tree and upright reeds or gorse branches.
  • Rough stones or fireclay panels (from the stove fitter) in front of food and water bowls help to grind the claws continuously and make cutting claws superfluous in many birds.

If the claws are too long, you have to help as a holder. It is best to shorten the claws with oneNail clip. Stick to it depending on the size of the bird 3 - 8 mm below the Nerve endings and blood vessels. These are easy to see with bright claws that are held up to the light. Be sure to, to cut less from the tip, as these can hardly be seen with dark claws. Often only empirical value helps here. Always keep ferric chloride cotton handy when cutting in case the bird should bleed from its claws.

Important: If you are unsure how to trim your birds' nails yourself, or if you do not know how to hold the birds while cutting their nails, contact your veterinarian.

Beak care for birds

Also beaks that have grown too long occur in pet birds. If possible, a veterinarian should be consulted for trimming a beak that has grown too long.

Flaking and cracking on the upper layer of the beak are due to growth and do not need treatment or removal. It happens naturally by itself. But sometimes it does lateral growths on the beak, which must be carefully removed with a file or knife.

In order to avoid excessive beak growth at all, the birds should always have the opportunity to nibble on twigs and branches. If twigs and branches don't help, a piece of old, well-watered mortar or solid mineral stone can remove growths.

Eliminate the beak sponge in birds

Budgies and other birds often suffer from it Beak sponge. Grave mites drill many tiny holes in the beak and in the wax skin above the beak. They live on keratin, the horny substance of the beak. Their excretions are deposited on the beak like gray sponges and become encrusted.

Helps with beak sponge"Ballistol Oil for Animals" or Vaseline. Rub it thinly into your bird's beak every three days. The grave mites are usually killed after just three treatments and the beak and wax skin quickly regain their original shine.