Is it wrong to trim a baby budgies toe nails?

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Is it wrong to trim a baby budgies toe nails?

 

If it is wrong, then why is it wrong to trim a baby budgies toe nails?

 

This is my answer to a question on Quora.

 

Editor’s note: Another answer about trimming a budgie’s toenails had advised against clipping their toes to avoid bloodshed.

 

By using a Rotary trimmer you can avoid cutting any birds nails to the quick by having total control in conjunction along with knowing proper restraint for small birds.

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Bird Cage And Food Recommendations for 2 Quaker Cagemates

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Looking for an appropriate bird cage to house 2 Quaker parrot cage mates
Hi Rose,
 
I think this 3159 Select would be a great cage from Prevue.
The 36 Inch wide foot print give the birds ample room for separation if needed.
 
It provides the best of both worlds having a dome top for interior height and a play area for time outside the cage.
As you can see it has ample seed skirts 
 

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How do I tame an older vicious African grey?

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This was most recent answer to that question on Quora:

 

“So, I did something that, again, I do not recommend for anyone else.

 

I got myself comfortable against the cage, and put my left hand into a balled fist, and let him hit me. Again. And again. And again.

 

Eventually blood ran down my elbow. He hit me 40+ times while I looked at him with my eyes half-lidded, calm & relaxed, glancing away as if bored from time to time.

 

After around ten minutes, Sammie stopped striking at me. He had a long pause, looking at me sideways, then with his head upside down.

 

Then he put a foot on my bloodied hand.”

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Eclectus toe tapping and wing flipping issues

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Image above – Female Eclectus r. vosmaeri at North Carolina Zoo, no other subspecies combines a purple abdomen and clear yellow undertail coverts.

Hi Mitch,

I just read your piece on eclectus, and I have a question.

 

If the elongated digestive tract is urban myth, then why does my bird develop the eclectus toe-tapping and wing-flipping if he has been given regular pellets and/or too many vitamins?

What would cause this?

Thanks,

Barbara

 

 

Let’s start with the toe tapping wings flapping things.

 

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For Your Bird’s Health: Gas Heat, Bugs And Muscular Atrophy In Bird Legs

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Carol P. replied

 

How can you get rid of the little brown bugs that come around the bird food without hurting the birds? Is there a spray or something I can order?

 

Thanks for your help, Carol in Tennessee

 

Hi Carol

 

Knowing what kind of bugs they are is half the battle.

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Tips on Painting & Restoring Older Bird Cages

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I think the main reason that people don’t try to paint older bird cages is because of what they’ve heard or read about the harmful effects of lead, zinc and so forth.
The point that needs to be made is the most the paints sold in the US for the past 40 years can be safe for human infants – as long as it’s dry.
 
Our government really wasn’t thinking about our birds – they were looking out for our children.
The government has gone to great lengths to ensure that paint sold for use in the home is safe. 

The confusing issue is something called “Flashing”.

Flashing describes the chemicals that you should be concerned about, evaporating from the paint. These are solvents known as “VOC’s” (Volatile Organic Compounds).

VOC’s are why you need to keep the area you’re painting the cage in, well ventilated even when using what are known as safe paints. 

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Pikachu the cockatiel will not relieve himself in his cage

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Hello Mitch,

Here’s my problem

Pikachu the cockatiel will not relieve himself in his cage.

He is usually out with us when we are home, and even insists on sleeping on me; but if we need to go out, he is caged for his safety.

However, if we are gone for the day, he will not poop.

He will wait until we let him out of the cage and make a humongous turd.

Should I be worried about this? Is it normal? I know we spoil him, and he is very attached to us, but I hate to see him suffer because of it.

anonymous 

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How To Best Treat Your Birds Broken Blood Feather

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The probability is high that your bird will experience a broken blood feather or two in its long lifetime.
 
Some people freak out at the sight of blood, others do much better.
 
In any case 
 
All birds have a blood feather (a.k.a. pin feather) for every feather molted out.
 
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