You might consider having your parrot's vet trim his nails. It can be challenging for someone inexperienced to trim the nails since it has to be done carefully to avoid cutting below the quick and causing bleeding. Both my parrots have cement perches that help keep their nails and beaks in good shape; you may want to consider adding one to your parrot's cage to keep his nails managed in the future.
Post by waterloggedfun on Feb 21, 2019 15:01:37 GMT -5
Hi there! I would take him to the vet for trims. It's usually about $10 - 15 and well worth it. Some bird stores will do it too, but I personally would trust the vet more. It's best to let someone experienced do it. Attempting to do it yourself can stress/hurt the bird and is not worth it.
I am a big promoter of training your bird to sit still for nail trims and if you can accomplish this, then you could do it yourself in the future. This is done through positive association. Basically, you show your bird the nail clippers for a second, take them away, give him a treat. You do this a few times a day for a week. Then you can show your bird the clippers for 2 -3 seconds, take them away, give a treat. Repeat a few times a day for a week. Every week you increase the time you hold the clippers in front of the bird until the bird ignores the clippers. Then you can progress to just a quick touch of the clippers to his foot, take away, give treat. Repeat few times a day for a week. You slowly increase the time you hold clippers touching his foot. Eventually you progress to clipping just the tip of one nail, take away, give treat. If you are unsure about the process, contact a trainer in your area. www.iatcb.com/certified-professional-trainers
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Post by jwwork5556 on Apr 20, 2019 12:49:16 GMT -5
Thank you all for your suggestions. But, sadly since I posted this, our beloved sonny died. We do have those cement perches in the cage and one of those things you put on the side of the cage for their beaks. But I do have another question. We are looking for another bird (Quaker) of course, and we would like to know if there are any rescues/sancutraries in our area? We live in Ohio and our zip code is-44837. We'd appreciate it if anyone could help us out. Thank you all!
Sorry to hear about Sonny's passing. I am in central New York State, and am not familiar with your area. If you do a Google search, you'll find several parrot rescues listed for Ohio; one or more of them may be reasonably close to you.