overgrown dove's beak
My dove's beak is curving downward with a significant arc. I haven't been working for the last year and can't afford vet bills. Can she starve to death if I can't have the beak trimmed? I've found some great sites online that teach you how to do it yourself, but I've read that it's extremely painful for the bird and that growths can appear later where the trimming occurred.
One suggested shining a light behind the bird so that you can see the quick on the nails. Will I be able to see the quick that way with the beak as well and should I just clip off the beak past the quick and then file with an emery board or could I hurt the bird? Would a cuddle board have prevented the over growth?
I really appreciate your help.