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    How to Trim a Bird's Nails

    ArticleBird AdviceThursday 24 February 2011
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    If you don’t trim your bird’s nails from time to time they will get far too long and sharp which can be difficult for both the bird and for yourself!

                      

    Buy styptic powder and clipping tools from a pet shop.

     

    Have somebody to help you restrain the bird and hold its foot for you.

     

    Make sure you look through light-coloured nails to spot the blood vessels – you don’t want to clip these.

     

    Clip about 2mm off the nail, no more. Then shape and smooth the nails with a nail file.

     

    If a small amount of bleeding occurs (which it often does until you get more practice) don’t panic, just apply styptic powder to the nail and make sure to check later on for any new bleeding.

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