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    African Grey Parrots Toenail Clipping Guide

    ArticleParrot AdviceWednesday 09 February 2011
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    Are you considering an African grey for sale? If you do buy birds like these it is important to recognise that they will need certain grooming care to be healthy and comfortable. Part of this includes clipping the toenails of African grey parrots. Find out how you can let your pet birds avoid foot problems and stop them from accidentally hurting you with this guide to toenail clipping.

     
     

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    If you have only just bought an African grey for sale you may be a little anxious about clipping its toenails. This is totally understandable and means you should take your pet birds to the vet for this to be done. The vet can show you how this job is done and then from then on you will be more confident in your own ability.

    However, if you want to clip African grey parrots nails, start by restraining the bird to prevent any injuries. Do this by wrapping your pet birds in a towel and then place then on their back. Make sure you leave the feet unwrapped though.

    Use a nail file to clip and smooth the nails of African grey parrots. Be sure to only take off a tiny bit at a time to avoid going too far. If you nick the quick (the blood supply) you will cause lots of pain to your pet birds. If this does happen, stop the bleeding with light pressure and apply some styptic powder.

    The quick grows with the toenails which means they can get quite long if left. Make sure you don’t trim too far down in this instance, and with regular clipping the quick will recede gradually. 

    When clipping the nails of the African grey parrots, be careful not to catch the other toes.
     
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