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Old 04-24-2017, 12:07 PM   #1
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Toe nail clipping and beaks on Parrotlet

We get asked this question a lot, and we have heard some very sad stories about to nail trim (or beak trim) gone terribly wrong, including bleeding, most recently I learned of a bird who was gassed to trim the nails (never ever necessary and seriously dangerous!) To shock and even death.

Obviously these examples are extreem, but illustrate the need to have an experienced avian vet or even en just be willing to try a simple trim yourself for toe nails.

It's important to note that most Parrotlet don't need their nails or beak trimmed AT ALL. This specie is very good at their own grooming and keep their nails a proper length on their own similar to grinding their beak on their own.
Supplying a cement perch (never sand or pumice) can help the nails and the feet. ***If your bird has a real problem with over growth or other abnormalities you should consider a vet visit to check for health issues.

Otherwise, simply holding your bird in a light towel (correctly please, forefinger and middle finger on either side of the neck, cradle the wings and back in your palm do not squeeze) have a partner help you and make one or two little gentle swipes with an Emery board. Notice the pinkish vein through the nail, do not go that far. If the nails are dark use more caution. Have quick stop or corn starch available in case of bleeding (you went to far!)
I do not recommend EVER trimming a beak on your own. Give them woods to chew like untreated pine and give them time to work it out on their own. Often a couple days later you see they have fixed it.
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Great information to have. I saw the post about the poor bird who was gassed too. Scary.
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Beak trimming gone wrong stories break my heart.
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Untreated pine...but processed? I mean, the bark would have lots of oils and whatnot.

Why did Odin's nails become so black? They were pinkish when he was a baby. They're a bit long, too.
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We did a survey on the forum once and discovered that all babies have pink nails but some get dark as they mature. We couldn't find a definite pattern of feather color and toenail color though. I think greens all had dark, but mutations were all different.
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Untreated pine...but processed? I mean, the bark would have lots of oils and whatnot.

Why did Odin's nails become so black? They were pinkish when he was a baby. They're a bit long, too.
I mean the kind if perches and platforms that ate pine, because it's soft enough for them to chew up but not to hard.

I think the pieds and American mutation have the pink nails and the greens and blues more common the dark nails.
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