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Old 10-20-2015, 12:33 PM
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Hi there! It's been a while since my last post but I have a question. My budgie has started chewing on my nails. I don't ever do my nails around the bird, I'm very cautious about products with fumes! However, after my nails are dry, my little Moonie likes to chew on my dry nails. I think he is attracted to the shiny colors. I try to discourage this behavior by gently manipulating my finger tips away from him. It turns into a sort of rough-housing, finger wrestling situation. I just want to know if anything bad can happen if he happens to chip off a tiny piece and swallow it before I can get my fingers away. He just finished his first moult and is starting to be a bit of a brat.

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I would be extremely careful if I were you.
Nail polish formulations include ingredients that are toxic and may cause other health problems.

It is certainly not something that would be healthy for a budgie to chew on and/or swallow.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nail_polish
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Since you don't do your nails that often, you could invest in gel polishes. Once gel polish cures under a light, it's practically indestructible. Sally Henson sells both tradition gel kits and a new "miracle" gel that doesn't use light.
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I actually bought this gel strength top coat from Essie and he chews chips out of it. I hesitate to use real gel polish because it it horrible to my nails. I just don't know what to do.
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Why don't you simply go natural and use a buffer to shine them to a high gloss?

When natural nails are well-groomed and buffed to a glossy sheen, they are quite attractive.
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I actually bought this gel strength top coat from Essie and he chews chips out of it. I hesitate to use real gel polish because it it horrible to my nails. I just don't know what to do.

Have you tried using that bitter polish made for nail-bitting kids? Or a bitter apple spray? You could try those to break him out of the habit, I know they make bitter sprays for birds.
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Have you tried using that bitter polish made for nail-bitting kids? Or a bitter apple spray? You could try those to break him out of the habit, I know they make bitter sprays for birds.
That is still going to contain toxic ingredients that can harm the bird.

I believe the less chemicals you use around your budgies the better off they are.
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