Grooming

Consistently grooming your bird's wings and nails will help protect her from accidents and injury. Trimming wings and nails on a regular basis will help reduce the chances of your bird catching or breaking her nail on a toy or 011 her cage, and you will also help protect her against accidentally flying into a window or a wall.

Although some people would say that a parrot's beak also needs trimming, most healthy birds that have enough chew toys seem to do a remarkable job of keeping their beaks trimmed. If your bird's beak suddenly begins to overgrow, take her to your veterinarian immediately. This could be a sign of ill health.

Your bird should be "toweled" and held securely to allow for safe grooming.

Do not try to trim a bird's beak. A vein in the beak could easily be clipped.

Wing Trimming

The goal of a proper wing trim is to prevent your pet from flying away or flying into a window, mirror or wall while she's out of her cage. An added benefit of trimming your pet's wings is that her inability to fly well will make her more dependent on you for transportation, which should make her easier to handle. However, the bird still needs enough wing feathers so that she can glide safely to the ground if she is startled and takes flight from her cage top or play gym.

Your bird should be "toweled" and held securely to allow for safe grooming.

Because achieving a proper wing trim is a delicate balance, you may want to enlist the help of your avian veterinarian, at least the first time you do so. Wing trimming is a task that must be performed carefully to avoid injuring your pet, so take your time. Please do not just take up the largest pair of kitchen shears you own and start snipping away, because you could cut your bird's wing tips down to the bone in this manner.

The first step in wing feather trimming is to assemble all the things you will need and find a quiet, well-lit place to groom your pet before you catch and trim her. Your grooming tools will include:

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