Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Bird Beak Trimming Example ... on a Rosy Bourke Parakeet

It seems that every few months, this elderly Rosy Bourke Parakeet needs another beak trim. And, yes, he does have cuttlebone and mineral blocks available.

Our oldest Bourke Parakeet, Rhett.
By holding a small bird's head between your fingers (slightly higher than shown here...not covering the eyes, but over the sides of the head), you can keep the bird's head straight and not allow him to turn and bite you.

Rhett has become used to this procedure. I think he appreciates it.

He doesn't struggle, making it easy to snip the extra length.
However, I still hold his head steady between two fingers.

If you snip too much and the beak begins to bleed,
quickly add corn starch to the wound to stop the bleeding.
This also works for the nails of the feet if you snip too close.

If you are unsure how high to snip, examine a young parakeet for how long their beak appears. If you don't have another bird, check out parakeet photos (or photos of birds like yours) on the internet.

Peace & Blessings.

No comments: