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Old 10-29-2016, 11:47 PM
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I would appreciate if someone could recommend me a nail clipper for budgies. I have been looking on Amazon but most of them are for bigger birds or other pets. I also would like to know if any of you cut your budgies nails or prefer the vet to do it?

I have a budgie who has weak legs and I think that maybe his nails are bothering him or perhaps he needs to improve his nutrition and x-ray if necessary.

Since I got him I haven't cut his nail so I thinks it is about time. My female also needs to have her nails cut but she is too hyper and strong.

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I use clean never used for anything else animal claw clippers like this...
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:/ I was actually told they are thin enough that you could trim them with human nail clippers.
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If you've never trimmed your birds' nails yourself previously, it is best that you have it done the first time by someone experienced.
The individual can show you the proper way to do it without injuring your budgie.
Additionally, it will be easier if you have someone to help you -- one person to hold the bird and the other to do the trimming.

For a budgie you can purchase regular nail clippers to keep and use only for your birds. Human nail clippers can be used as a budgie's nails are very tiny.

Remember that if you cut the nails too short they will bleed.
This is painful for the bird (like tearing your nails down to where they bleed). Additionally, a budgie doesn't have a lot of blood to begin with and can easily bleed to death. You must have styptic powder, corn starch or flour available for clotting if necessary.
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If you do use human clippers be very careful, budgie toes are small and with a struggling budgie can quickly get shoved between the blades just as you clip, make sure you have a steady grip on the toe before clipping. And watch to make sure the other toes have not gotten in a place they will be pinched by the clippers, that in my opinion is the main issue with human clippers, mind you when I am clipping my budgies I am doing it by myself holding a struggling uncooperative bird in one hand and clipping with the other... that's why I prefer the other scissor type clippers.
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I agree with FaeryBee, since budgie toes are so tiny it really is best if you contact a qualified avian vet that can give you tips and walk you through the correct steps to ensure your little ones don't get hurt.

Once you have been properly instructed, then I also would recommend scissor type clippers. The ones used for cats are the best in my opinion because they are designed to cut round claws, not flat nails like humans.

However, I cannot stress enough the importance of being instructed by a vet first. It's very easy to panic when the bird is moving so much, and it's hard to hold them and clip their nails, and of course there is always a danger of not knowing how much to cut or even accidentally clipping their skin/toe if they wriggle around while you're cutting their nails.

Personally I don't clip my girl's nails, and I've had her for four years. By providing a variety of perches for her, she keeps her nails well trimmed by herself and they do not impede her in any way. Most budgies are just fine with no clipping as long as the adequate perches are provided
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Both ParrotletsRock and StarlingWings have made very good points about using scissor-type clippers instead of human nail clippers.

I personally will not do my birds' toenails myself.
Like Star, I use various perches and haven't had to have their nails trimmed.

I would opt for the scissor-type clippers, AFTER getting proper instruction, if you choose to do your bird's nails at home.
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Both ParrotletsRock and StarlingWings have made very good points about using scissor-type clippers instead of human nail clippers.

I personally will not do my birds' toenails myself.
Like Star, I use various perches and haven't had to have their nails trimmed.

I would opt for the scissor-type clippers, AFTER getting proper instruction, if you choose to do your bird's nails at home.
I also use various perches including calcium perches and cement perches. I rarely have to clip nails and when I do it is not so much that they are too long as it is because they have become to sharp and are catching on things. If you are just dulling the nails another thing you can do is have some one else hold the bird and gently run an emery board over the end of each nail dulling it.
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Does anybody use an electric nail grinder for their budgie? (One designed for pets) I've seen them used very successfully on a cockatiel.
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As others have said above.. I don't trim budgie nails. Unless there is a medical reason which causes the nails to overthrow to a length that makes them in danger of getting tangled in something, it's really not necessary. They're so small and light that the pointy tips shouldn't really be a big deal. If it still bothers you, try perches which are rougher in texture (stay away from sandpaper perch covers which are too abrasive for budgies feet). Or have a vet do the clip, as they are so extremely tiny that there is not much room for error, if you cut a little too far it can be dangerous for such a tiny bird. If you are shown how by a vet, and you choose to use human clippers, as ParrotletsRock said, make extra sure other toes aren't in the way of the blade!

@lbeckman... The dremmels they use on parrots are way too dangerous for tiny budgies. They spin way too fast. A budgie would have no toes left . Even tiels are pretty small for a dremmel.
Edit: I re-read that you said "made for pets", which I would think spin slower and milder than a real dremmel, but still I'd not want to use anything but a clipper on a budgie personally, to be safe.
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