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Old 03-06-2015, 05:22 AM
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So Beauregard is about 3 yrs old now and I have always been able to cut his claws by getting him to jump on the side of the cage or when he is sitting on my finger.
Today however when I was cutting his claw he moved at the wrong moment and I cut too short. Poor little guy, got the cornstarch on it quickly so the bleeding has stopped but man is it horrible to see the blood that comes from one little claw. Also got screeched at

I feel so horrible, problem is he has two or three more claws that need a trim so hopefully he will trust me again with the clippers.

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Hello.

If the bleeding has stopped, that's good. When Casper's claw got cut too short I placed him in a shallow bowl of water, enough just for the feet.

I would switch to using a sand perch like I do with Pina. That way, he just sits on it and it helps.

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Being able to cut his nails while he is not under restraint is great, but you now know what can happen. You should cut the rest of his claws to make them even, but I would be careful about putting in a sand perch. The nail which were cut too short now has a vein that is very exposed and unprotected, so it would be good if you removed all "pedicure" perches etc. You don't want him to file down the nail and start bleeding when you're not there to help him.

Budgies shouldn't need to cut their claws, so you might want to just re-evaluate the length of them, because his nails might be short enough. Glad to hear that he's fine now, though If the vein is very exposed, there might be a way to cover it, but I don't know anything about that. I do know that some people put silicone covers on their cats claws, and it doesn't come off, but I don't know if this is possible or even worth doing on a bird.

If he did link the trauma to the clipper, try getting him used to it again in a situation where he is not afraid, for example when you're just chilling together.
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My vet had the same thing happen when he was trimming Sammy's nails (back when he was restricted to all padded perches). He wasn't traumatized and still lets me touch his feet with no problem. I'm glad that you got the corn starch quickly and am hoping that Beau doesn't hold any ill will.
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Blah you got the b
Ending stopped, we just took Rickey and lucy in to have them cut. Lol poor little Lucy wouldn't look at me or step,if for a day and a half. Little sinker is back to her bossy old self now.
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Hey all,

Yeah I don't have sand paper perches, and he doesn't really need them.
He seems fine now and has forgiven me, just two more claws that have grown too long that need a little trim.
I don't trim them often just when some get overly long and he starts getting snagged on things. Lucky he is a calm little thing.
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Oh I was also going to say, so lucky I can trim him without holding him. He was grabbed roughly as a baby before I got him and is traumatised by it, it has taken me 3 yrs to be able to get his trust to even be able to stroke his back.
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