How to cut nails?
When the bird has too much claw branches, this makes it difficult to sit on the perch, and there is also a risk that the bird will become entangled in carpet or clothes.
There are two ways to cut your claws.. For the first you will need manicure tweezers or tweezers for dogs, depending on the size of the bird. There should be a hemostatic agent at hand, in case the cut claw starts to bleed. Holding the bird by hand, cut off the tip of the claw. Some owners cut 1-2 claws per day. It takes a week, but the bird does not have time to understand what you are doing with it, and does not break out.
Second way. You can use a nail file to file the tip of the claw. Here you need another person who will hold the bird.
To help you understand how to cut a claw to a bird, first use the services of a veterinarian or bird care professional. After the first haircut, you can maintain your desired length by weekly or monthly treatments.
This procedure is necessary for socialized birds that spend a lot of time outside the cage. Birds such as canaries or amadins do not need it, as they constantly sit in a cage. There are many cases when birds flew out the window, hit pots with boiling water, ceiling fans, etc. We must take responsibility for protecting their lives, and we cannot do without cutting wings.
For the first time, see how the procedure is performed by a veterinarian or an experienced owner. If the pruning is done correctly, then the bird will not be able to gain height, but it will retain the ability to train muscles, and if necessary, it will plan on the floor.
When cutting wings, the bird should be wrapped in a towel and carefully pull out the wing. Here you need an assistant who will keep her. The sharp scissors cut off the ends of 6-7 fly feathers. If you accidentally cut off a blood pen, blood will flow from the cut, but soon the bleeding will stop. If the bird begins to fiddle with this feather, then it must be removed.
Check the length of the feathers every month and trim them if necessary. You can leave uncut 2-3 external feathers to preserve the appearance of the bird. But it will be necessary to observe it - the ability to fly is probably preserved.
If the bird still managed to slip away from you and fly out the open window or door, immediately take to the courtyard a cage with an open door and a bowl filled with your pet's favorite treats. It is hoped that in a day or two your feathered friend will decide that the cage is not the worst place to live. Tell your neighbors that your bird has flown away. Hang up announcements, ring up veterinary clinics and animal shelters. Do not lose hope. Some birds are caught and returned to their owners a few weeks after the escape. Take pictures of the bird - side, front, back. Write down the address and hang a tag on the bird’s foot or implant a microchip. This information, if necessary, will help prove that you own the bird.
Birds love moisture. She helps them look after feathers. Our houses, equipped with heating and air conditioning, have very dry air compared to the natural habitat of birds. Birds have different preferences. Someone likes to bathe under a stream of water running from a faucet, someone likes to take a bath, some want to be sprayed from a spray bottle, and the water rolled down its wings like droplets of rain. Some birds like to swim every day, others just once a week. This issue is decided by the bird itself. If you see that your companion is not feeling well, discontinue water procedures to avoid hypothermia or stress.
The beak of the bird should be washed evenly. Otherwise, you need to contact the veterinarian to determine the cause. An uneven beak should be trimmed so that the bird does not have problems with feeding and caring for feathers.
The legs of the parrots are developed and tenacious, with four fingers: two middle ones are directed forward, two - backward. Such a structure helps birds to grab branches with their fingers, take food and other objects. Each finger ends with a strong bent claw.
Parrots living in the natural environment expose their paws to a constant load. They run on the ground, stones, climb trees, cling to branches. They pick and hold the fruits. In such conditions, the bird's claws grind on their own and do not have time to grow to a critical length. If this still happens, the parrot nibbles the excess part or the nail breaks off.
But tamed pets often suffer from large claws. This is largely due to the wrong inventory: perches of the wrong diameter, made of cheap materials, lack of ropes with natural fibers. For the natural shortening of the claws in the cage should be wooden poles with a thickness of one and a half centimeters. A wavy parrot sits on such a stick without clutching it with its paw, and its claws touch the rough layer of the perch.
Why trim the claws of a parrot
Domestic parrots are limited in movement, they have to be content with a tight cage and walks on a smooth table. To provide the possibility of grinding the claws, you need abrasive surfaces, which is not so much in the apartment. Marigolds without work become thin and long, prevent the bird from walking normally and holding on to the perch.
Parrots are thoroughly ochorachivatsya, smooth feathers, clean and scratch their heads. It is likely that the foot will catch on something and get stuck. A bird in an attempt to break free risks dislocating a limb. Due to overgrown claws, the parrot does not manage to walk fully, and this over time is fraught with diseases of the legs. And finally, long claws sometimes stratify and break. It hurts, blood can go.
What else causes excessive claw growth at home? There are several explanations for this:
- excess minerals
- scabies mite
- paw injuries
- abnormal arrangement of fingers,
- poor metabolism.
If you’re not sure if your ward needs to be clipped, watch him. While walking on the table, the fingers rest on the surface - which means that a haircut is not required. The finger is raised - the nail is too long and needs to be shortened.
How to cut the claws of a budgie
The wavy parrot is a tiny bird, and even its claws are tiny at all. Each owner of a feathered baby has to deal with the question of how to trim the nails of a parrot. To cope with such an event is, at first glance, difficult and scary, but with experience there is confidence.
It is more convenient to carry out this procedure together, so attract an assistant, he will hold the bird. Create the highest possible light. Prepare in advance the tools needed to trim the claws of a parrot:
- nail clippers, nippers or nail clippers,
- cotton wool
- hemostatic agent.
Let the assistant securely grab the bird with both hands, fix it in a fixed position. Put on gloves, take a foot and examine it against the light: so you will see a blood vessel in your finger. It cannot be touched, pruning should be 2 mm below the pulp. After choosing a place of shortening, carefully cut the long tip of the nail with a pair of pliers, not across, but with a slight slope. Save the parrot's ability to cling.
What to do if blood has gone
No matter how carefully the manipulation is carried out, there is no guarantee that the parrot will not bleed. The bird may jerk a foot or you will cut off too much of the stratum corneum, touching the blood capillary. Do not panic, act quickly and decisively: soak cotton wool in hydrogen peroxide, firmly press it to your injured finger. You can use a special powder or crystalline potassium permanganate. After a few seconds, the bleeding will stop.
During the clipping of claws, the parrot experiences fear, sometimes even pain. Under stress, for some time he may not trust the owner. A talking pet who has been so offended stops talking. During the day it is undesirable to contact him, it is better to leave alone. Treat a difficult period will help refreshments, a new toy.
Claw growth prevention
Excessive growth of horn cells must be limited. You can try to reduce the portion of vitamin-mineral supplements, but this will result in a deterioration in the general condition of the parrot. If it is difficult to influence the processes in the bird’s body, then you can fully create conditions for natural grinding. In order not to cut your claws too often, follow the advice of veterinarians:
- Strengthen wooden perches of different thicknesses in a cage. Plastic sticks are too smooth, claws about them do not grind. Fingers of small diameter loosely clasp, sag.
- Replace all plastic equipment with wooden, from other raw materials.
- Less often, let the bird sit on his shoulder or arm - let him walk more, and not on soft linoleum, but on a tile or wooden floor.
- Equip the playing field with a budgie: pour small stones in a baking sheet, put dry cones.
Cutting the claws of a parrot is not as difficult as it might seem. Overcoming your fear, you will help the bird again to experience the joy of movement. Moreover, you do not have to cut too often.