My budgie's nails needs to be clipped and I don't have any avian vet near me. I feel confident about clipping my budgie's nails but the problem is that they're not tamed like they'll stand on my hand only to eat millet or seeds. They are not trained as stepping up as they don't want to. 2 days ago I tried to hold one of my budgie and I did succeed holding him but I didn't wanted to press his chest so I left him on the perch after 50 sec or so then after that he got scared of me and won't let me touch him. After that I fed him millet and he is all fine with my hand. I want to know alternative ways of clipping their nails as I have 3 budgies and their beaks are also have grown so I'm scared of them being injured as they do fight with their beaks. Also they do get scare as hell even if I take the small soft towel inside their cage. So any help will be appreciated.
Have a look at youtube videos which would probably be more useful to you as you can actually see the process. There is a way to restrain a budgie in your hand by using the second and third finger at either side of the head and gently wrap the others around the body. However you could also wrap them in a cloth. Unfortunately it is just a case of quickly but gently! And afterwards give them a spray of millet as a treat
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Find a local bird breeder, any type of bird, and offer like $20 to teach you to do it properly. Some pet stores have employees who are also trained to trim nails, as well as any exotic vet. I would not attempt to do it yourself without some sort of training from a professional, because if you make a mistake it can be BAD. Good luck!
I agree you should try and find someone- maybe a breeder or a regular vet- who can help you to trim your birds nails the first time. it's not something you want to just try if you don't feel confident with them not being tame.
I agree that you should post a picture of the beaks to see if they are too long or not. Most birds will be able to trim them down by gnawing, so you need to make sure you provide something for them to chew on to help.
One of my birds has a very fast growing beak and I had an avian vet show me how to trim her beak before attempting it myself. I would not recommend it if you have any apprehension about it at all.
Thank you everyone. Local breeder is also far and in the same city as avian vet. And yes I will try to take good pics of their beaks tommorow if I get time as I will be busy tommorow but if not tommorow then probably on Sunday. Sorry for late reply as I forgot that day that where I posted my thread and couldn't find it until now. Thanks for the suggestiond as I do know one person who works at my local petco and she has good experience of handling budgies so I will have to ask her if she trims her budgies nails and have good experience or not. She helped my yellow budgie name Picu with taking out her blood feather as Picu was injured last month. Thanks I forgot about that I can ask for her help. ?
Many people are VERY nervous about clipping a budgies nails. They worry that they might hurt their friend or do it too short. You can do the clipping yourself, or you can ask someone to do it for you. For example some petstores do it for free. You can also go to a vet, and they could show you how to do it. Another way to shorten a budgies nails is by keeping sand or concrete perches in the cage. These will file down your budgies nails with out any trama!
1. Get all your materials, you will need ALL of them!
2. Calmy get your bird out of her cage and talk with a soothing voice.
3. Along with the materials, bring your bird into a small room like a bathroom so she can’t fly away. If it is a bathroom cover all standing water and mirrors.
4. Calmly grab your bird with a towel and hold her firmly but gently. Be careful not to put pressure on her chest for this will not allow her to breathe.
5. While holding your bird, grab one of her foot with your finger and clip the nails one by one. If her nails are light, hold them up to a light, this will help you see where the quick is. The quick is a blood supply in the nail, and if you cut it, your budgie will bleed. And considering how small she is, too much can be deadly. If your budgies have dark nails, just simply nick off the end of the nail.
Thanks Weavile for your helping tips. Will try to do that on weekend. Sorry it took me so long to reply as I lost track of my this thread and after so many trials of finding this I just found my thread. Will post pics tomorrow. Thanks again
The purpose of this forum is to promote only the best practices for the health and well-being of budgies.
I strongly recommend you have someone assist you or take the budgies to someone to demonstrate the best way the first time you try to trim your budgie's nails.
It is much to easy for you to cut them too short.
Remember, it causes pain when a nail is cut too short - just like if you tear a fingernail down past the quick where it bleeds.
Do you know what to do if your budgie's nail is cut too short? A budgie doesn't have much blood and can easily bleed out if the bleeding isn't promptly stopped.
Are you aware of how to stop the bleeding?
Do you have an Avian First Aid kit set up and on-hand?