Umbrella Cockatoo Nail Problem

by Mathew

I just noticed this a few days ago, when I had him out of his cage. I noticed on his right foot, front-left nail, it's curled; almost to his foot. (FYI, I have not been able to trim his nails in awhile, due to tools that were not available at the moment.) I just trimmed it today, but i'm afraid it's going to grow even more, and make it more uncomfortable for him. I'm also afraid when I will trim that nail shorter; I'll hit the blood supply, and he'll bleed. (2nd Q: How far does the vein start from the end of the nail?)


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Jan 06, 2012
Bird with long curled nail needing trimmed
by: The Avian Vet

The quick grows with the nail and there is no rule of thumb to tell where the vein is. If you clip a little of the nail every few days and use a Dremel you will cause the quick to recede and reduce the chance of bleeding. I recommend that you have a professional do this so that your bird does not become afraid of your hands and distrust you.

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Jan 05, 2012
Umbrella Cockatoo Nail Problem
by: Linda

Since the nails are SO long, you will need the help of an Avian Vet as the nails will have to be cut back in increments or bird could bleed out.

Please take him to an Avian Vet and get started on getting them back into shape. It will take a while and several visits before they are the way they should be. Keep them trimmed at least every few months after that so they don't get like this again. This kind of thing can and does cripple birds.

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