I cut them as needed but apparently Pois tend to have sharper talons that need frequent trimming. I can attest to that as Truman left a deep hole in my finger after pressing his talon into it while hanging off.
Grey_Moon wrote:Honestly I think it depends on the particular bird and the environment in which the bird lives.
Jacko for example, being a former rescue bird with severely overgrown nails gets her nails done every 2 months to help the quick in the nail recede so the nail can be trimmed back to an appropriate and healthy length.
Depending on her nutritional/immune/body status when they finally are at an appropriate length she may get them done less often.
If her nails are growing quickly then she will continue to have her feet done every 2 months.
As long as the bird is confident, healthy and with strong feet the how/when of trimming to achieve appropriate length toenails (that do not lift the end of the toe off a flat surface) depends on the bird.
GreenWing wrote:Although I am suprised they didn't use a towel while they handled Kili and Truman?
Michael wrote: After the bad experience they gave him in a towel the last time, I told them no more towels. Really there is NO NEED for a towel. My birds are much more comfortable just being held and being able to see what's going on. If held properly, they can't bite. And they're not really trying to. They're just a little pissed about the situation. But as you see when they let go of them, they're fine and not like having a panic attack.
I would suggest moving away from using towels and groomers for savy parrot owners. I think it is so much less stressful, more gentle, more rewarding (give treats, scratches in the process), and SAFER when you do it yourself. Groomers tend to be rough, quick, forceful, and might not listen and trim the wings when you told them not to (or forgot to tell). Besides all of the above reasons, my biggest fear is a groomer trying to clip my parrots so I only do it myself. Since I was already paying crazy money for a vet visit, I figured I'd let them earn in by grooming the birds while we were there anyway. Otherwise I don't trust anyone else to do it.
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