Cockatiels Broken Toe Nail

by Stan
(Georgia)

My cockatiel seems to have broken his shorter toe nail on the front of his left foot. It is hanging off at an awkward angle, at a point just before the quick, so there has not been any bleeding, but he is not able to curl his left foot. He does not seem to be in any pain. Is this something I should put concern into or let it fix itself? Or should I clip it off?

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Jun 18, 2011
Cockatiels Broken Toe Nail
by: Linda

You need to clip it off, and keep in mind that it is probably sore, so you'll need someone to hold the bird to keep it steady and wings down. If it is too far into the quick, this needs to be done by an Avian Vet to make sure it is done correctly. Also, have some quik-stop right there beside you if you are doing the clipping to put on toenail in case it does bleed. Regularly clipping points off nails will keep most of the broken nails from happening. Same with beaks with sharp points on the end. If either the nails or beak has sharp points, then it is easy for bird to get claw hung up in something and if a sharp pointed beak is hit just right, it can also break off. Bleeding beaks are very scary in that sometimes they will stop bleeding with the application of quik-stop and sometimes they won't, so don't allow points to form and stay on bird's beak. Never clip the beak yourself, and always take bird to an Avian Vet for any beak work as they know what they are doing, will not cut into the quick and bird is less traumatized with them doing it. We take our Amazons in a few times a year for beak trimming, and they trim the nails at the same time.

Keep an eye on yor bird to make sure this does not become infected and thanks for writing,
Linda

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