beak overgrowth and triming with dremel

by Donna Bourne
(Quincy, il)

My yellow nape whom I have had for 30 years needs her beak trimmed every six months, and she gets stressed at the vets, I worry about her, so I wuuld like directions on how to trim her beak with a dremel drill. I bought one online for beak trimming, but, they gave no directions.

I saw one vides a while ago wher they wrapped the bird in a towel, one person holding the bird, and the other person held the beak shut with one hand and used the dremel with the other to shape it slowly a little shorter, would this be an ok project for us to learn to do.

Sadie would be more comfortable if jan and I were doing it, I am sure. And when we permanently move to mendocino, ca. there is not a avian vet near anywhere for like 45 miles. So we would need to learn this chore for our baby. thanks so much for some feedback. donna

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Jan 12, 2018
Dremel Saw Killed my Sun Conure??
by: Anonymous

8 months ago I took my 18 yr old Sun Conure to the vet for claw trimming and general checkup. The vet said my bird's beak needed to be trimmed. I anticipated a file and maybe a couple scissor snips. Instead the vet used a dremel saw. As the saw approached my little guys face, I saw the vet and his assistant freak out and dash out of the room with my bird.

After pacing the floor for several minutes I was taken down a long hallway to a room where the vet had an oxygen mask covering my Sun but it was clear he had died. I screamed, fell to the floor and cried and cried and cried. I truly feel that the vet killed my Sun and I will never use his services again. My Sun ate quality bird food and other fruits, veggies, nuts. He was not over or under weight. He was behaving normally and eating normally. What went wrong?

Am I being too harsh about the vet and his handling of my bird? I feel he killed my little guy by using the dremel when I felt it wasn't needed.

Editor's note: Either the bird died from anxiety or bled to death due to trimming to far back. If there wasn't blood, then it is likely anxiety.

May 17, 2013
beak overgrowth and triming with dremel
by: Linda

Please, please do not attempt beak trimming yourself. Never, ever use a dremmel tool because if the bird gets its tongue in the wrong place at the wrong time, you will cut it off with the dangerous dremmel tool. Only an Avian Vet can trim a bird's beak, and any that are worth their salt use clippers and not a dremmel. My amazons go twice a year for beak trimming as well as toenails. Sure, they appear to be stressed, but not nearly as much as they would be if I tried to trim their beaks. Birds can bleed out through the beak, and it is not worth the danger to your bird to attempt doing something you know nothing about much less using a dremmel. Watching a video will not teach you how to do this, though the video is dangerous enough to make someone believe they will be able to do this correctly. Leave this kind of work to a professional who has years' of experience. If your Avian Vet uses a dremmel, you may want to find one who does not.

Please make appointment with your Avian Vet and have this done by a professional who will take responsibility for doing it right.


May 17, 2013
Beak trimming
by: Angela

I know you want to save time and stress for your bird by trying to trim the beak yourself but please don't do it. My birds' previous owners trimmed her beak with nail clippers without incident but I did not want to attempt it myself because I didn't know how and I would be never forgive myself if something went wrong. I also do not try to clip her nails because they are black and I can't see the blood vein.

It is a chore to take her to the vet for maintenance. I keep the cage covered the whole trip so she won't get frightened and possibly hurt herself in the cage. It takes two of us to go to the vet, one to carry the cage and the other to open the doors as they do not have automatic ones. I moved to a new area and used the Avian Vet Finder page on this blog and found a wonderful vet who is an expert in bird care.

After my birds' trip to the vet, she is obviously traumatized and just sits in her cage and won't come out or respond to me. I am pretty sure she gets car sick because she vomits and then is back to normal.

I would rather deal with a half hour of her acting like that than try to attempt the trimming myself and possibly injure her or kill her should I make a mistake.

If you insist on doing it yourself, bring your Dremel to the vet and let them teach you how to do it properly.

May 17, 2013
trimming beaks yourself
by: Tracie

I can not help you with this. In my opinion beak trimming should only be done by an avian vet. I would not even dream of practicing on my bird, especially without a professional standing there walking me through it. Until my avian vet told me I am ready, I would never do it.

There are nerves and blood vessels in the beak. You can cause a great deal of pain if you hit a nerve. Your bird may never trust you again. If the beak starts to bleed, your bird could die within minutes.

A breeder, that trimmed beaks for years, decided to trim my bird's beak without my permission once. I ignorantly walked around the corner to see a pretty bird at her shop, and when I came back she was desperately trying to save my bird's life because she hit a blood vessel and bird was bleeding to death.

Fortunately she did eventually stop the bleeding. Needless to say I did not take my bird back there again.

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