Home
     Budgie Forum
     Warning! Danger!
     New!! Adorable
      Budgies Surveys
     Competition Winners
     Show Cage Training
     Building an Aviary
     Buying A Budgie
     How To Hold A           Budgie
     Budgie Nail Trimming
     Sexing Your Budgie
     A Happy Budgie
     A Healthy Budgie
     Healthy Budgie Diet
     An Ill Budgie
     Keeping 2 Budgies
     Budgie Breeding Tips
     How To Check For      Fertile Eggs
     Budgie development        stages
     Feeding Chicks
     About Chicks In
       Nests
     Splayed Legs
     Mixed Aviary
     Freakley & Ainley           Stud Profile
     A Very Special Bird
     Nasal Discharge in Budgerigars
     What Should The Judges Do?
     Another Budgerigar Breeding Season
     Photographing Budgerigars
     Hospital Cages
     The Deep Litter System
     Looking After The Chicks
     Normal V Variety Budgerigars
     Show Season Is Coming!
     Are You Prepared?
     Bitten by the bug
     Sadness and Joy
     Lost & Found Bird         Info
     Photo Album
     About Us
     Breeders Near You
     Bird Related Links
     Contact Us

Clipping a budgies nails.

Budgie's nails are similar to humans, they grow and some grow faster than others. We cut our own nails and this is what we sometimes have to do to our birds nails.

Please be aware the more you cut your birds nails the more they'll need cut as they will grow faster.

Ok, so you have a budgie, and you notice it's nails are too long. What do you do?

There is a simple and effective way to trim/clip a budgerigars nails.

First you will need a good pair of nail clippers or a pair of animal claw trimming scissors. Secondly hold the budgie in a firm but gentle way as illustrated in the How to hold a budgie section under Holding when needing to check claws and vent etc, making sure the claws are easily accessible.

It may be an idea to get a friend to help with the holding bit as then you can concentrate and doing the job confidently and quickly.

The key is to be confident in what you are doing and act calmly and quietly. This will reassure the bird and in turn the bird will be calmer and the job should be easier to do.

There is a main blood vessel that runs down the nail of a budgie. This is easily seen and this is the part you must avoid! The end of the nail, which will look clearish is the part you need to trim. It's better to clip little bits off at a time rather than too much in one go. If you hit the blood vessel you will notice spots of blood coming from the end of the birds nail. It can be a little blood or a lot depending on how far into the "quick" you've gone.

If you do hit the vessel it is important to put either a styptic pen on the end or cornflour, this will stem the bleeding. The bird must be kept warm and quiet and left to rest and recover from the shock of losing blood. It is very similar to cutting into the quick of our own nails only budgies cannot lose a lot of blood before it becomes a danger to them.

If you do not feel confident to undertake this, it would be advisable to seek veterinary advice or even a known breeder in your area may be able to help and show you the first time so you are confident to do it again if the need should arise.

Good luck!!

===========Resource Box===========
Kay Bell keeps and breeds pet budgerigars.Contact her
for help and advice via the Adorable Budgies Forum
http://adorablebudgies.co.uk/forum
====================================
This article is available for reprint in your opt-in ezine,
web site or ebook. You MUST agree not to make any changes
to the article and the RESOURCE BOX MUST be included.
(c) Kay Bell All Rights Reserved

Page copy protected against web site content infringement by Copyscape
AdorableBudgies.co.uk Copyright © 2008 Anna-Marie Stewart. All Rights Reserved

All images Copyright © 2008. All Rights Reserved
Images may not be reproduced in any way, shape or form without the express permission of their respective owners.


Contact   | |   Terms of Service   | |   Privacy Policy