For the Birds

Birds in the wild with take care of their own grooming needs. However, your pet bird will require some assistance from you.

Birds will keep their feathers in good condition by preening. Preening is the process whereby birds keep their feathers smooth by running their feathers through their beaks thus “zipping” the sections on the feather closed.

Bird grooming involves trimming of wings, nails and beaks, as well as bathing.

Trimming of your bird’s wings is an important part of bird grooming as it ensures the safety of your bird. Both wings should have their flight feathers trimmed. This results in a even, controlled descent to the floor. Trimming only one wing may result in “crash landings”. Trimming of the wings is not painful as the feathers do not contain nerves and are made of the same material as your fingernails. The appearance of your bird will not be altered.

The next aspect to consider in bird grooming is that of beak and claw clipping. In the wild the beak and claws would naturally be worn down. Unfortunately birds in captivity are unable to do this. If clipping is not done the claws and beak will grow too long and the beak may become chipped or damaged. Avoid the use of sandpaper perch covers to shorten nails as these will damage the soles of the bird’s feet. The tools for clipping a small bird’s claws are nail clippers, an emery board and styptic powder (stops bleeding). Larger bird’s require a rotating grind stone.

Bathing is also important when grooming birds. This can be done by providing the bird with a suitable container of water in which to bathe. Alternatively you can spray the bird with a light mist of water. Commercial sprays for bathing are unneccessary. Bathing can take place daily or when convenient. Bird’s must be allowed to air dry, preferably in a warm room or sunlight. Whilst a hairdryer may be used, care must be taken not to burn your bird.

Grooming of birds is important to keep them in good health, and also brings you the pleasure of seeing your bird in beautiful condition.

Caneries, Cockatiels, Finches, Parakeets, Parrotiets, Lovebirds

Wings

Beak

Nails

The Works

$2.50 to $3.50

$3.50 to $4.50

$4.50 to $5.50

$8.00 to $9.00

Caiques, Conures, Lories, Meyers, Mini Macaws, Pionus, Ringnecks

Wings

Beak

Nails

The Works

$3.50 to $5.00

$4.50 to $6.00

$6.00 to $7.50

$12.00 to $14.00

African Greys, Amazons, Cockatoos, Eclectus, Macaws, Toucans

Wings

Beak

Nails

The Works

$4.00 to $6.00

$5.00 to $7.00

$8.00 to $10.00

$15.00 to $18.00

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