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Pet Bird Grooming

Make sure you have styptic powder on hand.

Check wings and toenails regularly to see if they need retrimming.

Consider having an avian veterinarian or other experienced person groom your bird.

Be particularly alert after a molt, because your bird will have a whole new crop of flight feathers that need attention. You'll be able to tell when your bird is due for a trim when she starts becoming bolder in her flying attempts. Right after a wing trim, a pet bird generally tries to fly and finds she's unsuccessful at the attempt. She will keep trying, though, and may surprise you one day with a fairly good glide across her cage or off her play gym. If this happens, get the scissors and trim those wings immediately. Otherwise, your beloved pet could fly away and never be seen again.

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