Budgie Nail Trimming

by Alex
(London, UK)

I have two budgies, 1 adult female and an unnown gender juvenile, and was wondering if there is anyway I can help keep their nails fo getting too long, as I feel an avian vet visit may be more stressful for them unless necassary.

I have heard that you should not use sanded perches or sandpaper, but unsure of what could help.

Are sanded perch covers and sandpaper a no no?

Any ideas, or if sandpaper is a no no, is the only other way a vet visit when they need trimming. (I don't feel comfortable attempting myself.)

Any ideas or advice much appreciated.

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Oct 11, 2012
keeping bird's nails trimmed
by: Tracie

Our Avian vet prefers the perch at the link below.

Polly's Pastel Pedicure Perch

I don't know what is available in the UK, but replace all the wood dowel perches with rope perches, natural wood and safe pedicure perches. Put the pedicure perches at food and water stations and maybe where a favorite toy is located so the bird will use the perch often and get nail trims, but provide a comfy rope boing or perch/a> or natural wood where the bird enjoys sleeping and perching during the day.

Oct 11, 2012
Budgie Nail Trimming
by: Linda

Do not use any sanded perches/paper or concrete or pumice perches as these cause feet to dry out and toes to sometimse fall off.My Amazon lost two toes before I realized the pumice perch he liked was causing his feet to be sucked of all moisture. Use natural branch perches made of safe wood and leave those rough perches alone. It will save you money too. Once I removed and threw away the pretty purple pumice perch, birds had no more trouble with feet and toes.

Please take your birds to an Avian Vet to have their nails trimmed when they need it. It's far more stressful to get a long toenail caught in some part of the cage and pull the entire toe off than it would be to go to an Avian Vet.


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