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I decided today was going to be the first day I'd attempt to do Jenny's beak trim myself.

Previous to this, I had been to an avian vet with her twice and observed how quick and easy it was to do. On the second trip, and the visits being four weeks apart, the vet suggested I try and do it myself with some nail clippers.

I did attempt to find some beak trimmers for budgies so I had the perfect tool for the job but was unable to find any even looking on sites that sold supplies to vets!

So I got Jenny her own pair of nail trimmers for the job.

At this point, I'd already trimmed the very tip of her beak off to just see how easy it was and to make sure that Jenny didn't struggle. It went fine, so I pushed on to take a little more off.


I trimmed it down to this length and it did bleed a little.
The avian vet had also warned me about this and had told me of a product to get in case it happens as it's so easy to do. It's like a shaving product for if you nick yourself. I held it to her beak tip and waited a few seconds, dried it and checked to see if it had stopped bleeding. It had but I just waited a little while longer just to make sure it was okay before returning her to her cage with Jimmy.


I wanted to get it done before the length increased as she is moulting and I want her to be able to preen herself properly through it. I'm also hoping that her and Jimmy will preen one another keeping her beak smaller and encourage their bond more.
I will use this picture next time to try and go a little longer so we don't bleed next time, but I was really happy with how it went.

Jenny was so good having it done and didn't freak out at all, which I was worried she might do considering what I wanted to do too her.

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You did a great job, Emma!

Keeping styptic powder on hand in your Birdie First Aid Kit in case of bleeding is always a good idea.
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That's the stuff! She has her own little bag for Jenny's beak trimming kit.
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It's good to know that Jenny was calm during the procedure and you managed to trim her beak with little to no trouble.
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She was soooo good! I was really so pleased with her and hopeful she'll get used to this.

It was a lot less stressful than carting her off to the vets and took no time at all.
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I'm so glad that Jenny's first at-home beak trim went well! You did a wonderful job

I think she knows how much you love her and that you're only trying to help her. I'm glad she was calm the whole time!
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Great job ! I've been very nervous about attempting either beak or nail trims.. Looks like you've got it handled. Her beak looks good!
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We found a small 3 sided carpenters file that is also used on glassware. It was used to mend and reshape a lopsided upper beak that could not close properly.
It smoothed the edges and put a blunt tip without having to cut. This a great job well done. Very few people are able to do this process and good for Brave little Jenny. This is a primary example courage on the part of budgie parents to do what is needed that is a little hard but is needed. Good for your vet to teach you as well!!!! Jo Ann
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I'm so glad that Jenny's first at-home beak trim went well! You did a wonderful job

I think she knows how much you love her and that you're only trying to help her. I'm glad she was calm the whole time!
Thanks Star. She was a real trooper!

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Great job ! I've been very nervous about attempting either beak or nail trims.. Looks like you've got it handled. Her beak looks good!
I wouldn't do it, if she didn't need monthly trims! A nail (if it's a nice pink foot) is a lot easier but it went really well and I'm pleased she did so well with it.

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We found a small 3 sided carpenters file that is also used on glassware. It was used to mend and reshape a lopsided upper beak that could not close properly.
It smoothed the edges and put a blunt tip without having to cut. This a great job well done. Very few people are able to do this process and good for Brave little Jenny. This is a primary example courage on the part of budgie parents to do what is needed that is a little hard but is needed. Good for your vet to teach you as well!!!! Jo Ann
It's amazing how you can duel purpose some things!
With her needing trims so often, it will be a lot easier for her to have them at home.
I'll be more cautious next time to go a tiny bit longer. It's obviously very hard to get the length just so.
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Great job Emma . This will be much better for you both, to do it yourself. It would make me nervous being so small!
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