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Betty M. wants to learn more about pet bird nail trimming.
I don’t know how much I should trim my AG’s nails. They are all black. I trimmed one nail too much, and it took a long time to clot.
I used the clotting gel which didn’t help much. Thanks.
How do you know that your Greys nails need to be trimmed? Is it because when it is on you and they are sharp and pointy? If that is all then it is not a reason to cut the nails.
Birds need their nails to be able to safely perch and climb.
When they are trimmed just to remove sharp points the bird is in danger of harming itself until they grow back.
In the wild the birds keep their nails worn down because they climb trees with bark and dig in the ground for food.
In their cages with their food handy in dishes, their nails can become quite sharp and pointy.
Yes, the very tips can be trimmed but most of the time a groomer will trim further than needed so the job lasts longer.
But as you know, a shorter trim can result in cutting the quick and causing bleeding. Groomers will often use a cauterizing tool to stop blood loss. This still all results in pain for the bird.
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However, unless the birds’ nails are growing improperly, are deformed, and thus harming the bird, a heavy trim is not needed, ever.
A much more natural approach is using grooming perches.
Placed properly, they can help remove the sharp nail tips that make holding our sweet birds more comfortable and allow them to stay in control of their perching and climbing abilities.
A large grooming perch mounted low and inside the front of the cage, the door is ideal will give your bird a place to sit and dance when it is waiting for you to take it out of the cage and thus is filing the tips of its own nails.
Small grooming perches mounted next to the food and water dishes act as birdie napkins to wipe their beak on which helps with the little cracks that form there.
If you feel you must trim the nails keep it to the very tips only. An electric rotary trimmer can help. We have them available here.