That's a surprise to me! We give Bonnie a cuttle bone every now and then. I must do some research... If you are not sure you could always get Gracie a cement perch, which will take care of the beak and toenails.
Post by graciesmom on Aug 29, 2018 20:40:54 GMT -5
Breeder said wood perches only because all else too hard on her feet. Her nails have grown quickly and I'm wondering about her beak. Of course breeder will cut her nails, but I hate the idea of upsetting her by taking her there if I can get a simple cement stick for her cage! I'm going to look into that!
We have never had Bonnie's beak or nails trimmed by us or a vet - she's 4 years old. She has a couple of cement perches in her cage and that seems to take care of everything with no effort from us whatsoever.
Of course you are free to take the advice of your breeder, but I just wanted to share our experience with you.
Both my parrots have cement perches, and Ralph has one that's made of finely crushed seashells set in cement (his favorite perch). They do a good job of keeping the birds' toenails tamed down, and help keep their beaks in shape too. I haven't had to have a vet or groomer trim nails since I've had both parrots. Ordinarily, beaks shouldn't need trimming unless there's a problem with them, but some parronts do choose to have them trimmed and shaped.