Budgie owners sometimes plan to clip their bird’s nails to prevent them from growing too long, which can cause discomfort, pain, and even injury to the bird. You must be wondering how to clip Budgie’s nails and if is it fine if you do it yourself at home.
The important thing to remember is that your beautiful budgie cannot afford to lose blood and if nail clipping goes a bit wrong while you are doing it then your budgie might lose a lot of blood that can endanger its life as well.
How to Clip Budgie Nails Cutting?
Usually, budgies’ nail clipping is not necessary as they naturally wear down their nails through normal activities such as perching and climbing.
We are going to just inform you of the proper instruction on how to trim your budgie nails if you need to but remember we do not advise you to do it by yourself as your pet might get injured badly and may even lose its life due to loss of blood.
Follow the below-mentioned method properly to carefully clip your parakeet’s nails.
- Choose to clip your budgie’s nails at their sleeping time so they will be less active.
- Use a towel to cover them gently while keeping them in your hands.
- Remember to cover their eyes so that they remain calm.
- Never clip the nails alone and use the helping hand of someone who can gently grip your budgie without hurting it
- Use a normal nail clipper or pet nail clipper but never use a scissor
- Remember to observe the nail and only clip where there is no nerve ending
- Only clip the nail when you have a firm grip on the nail and when it is not moving.
- Just clip the short top part after the nerve ending after the curve.
- After clipping the nail and checking again to confirm if there is no bleeding then gently release your pet into the cage.
- Offer a treat to your budgie.
Remember if you cut it short near the nerve then your budgie will start bleeding so keep corn starch with yourself so you can dip the nail into it quickly that will stop the bleeding.
Clip the nail in a silent room where there is no distraction to you and your pet to ensure safe clipping.
What You Need to Trim a Parakeet’s Claws?
You have to keep several things with you before you start to trim your parakeet’s nails. Some of the possible things are,
- Ample light should be in the room so you won’t make a mistake while cutting the nail of your budgie
- Normal Nail clipper or pet nail clipper
- Towel to hold your budgie gently and cover its eyes.
- Your human partner, who will assist you in nail clipping.
- A bowl with corn starch to stop nail bleeding for emergency
- Your budgie’s favorite treat to calm it after nail clipping.
When Should I Trim My Budgies Nails
If you take my advice then you should not trim your budgie’s nails as they normally wear down naturally if it grows long as the tip of the nail is weak and break easily when your pet does normal routine activities.
If you think your pet needs nail clipping then take your pet to the nearest vet and get it checked.
Is it ok to Cut Budgies Nails?
Yes, it is perfectly fine to trim a budgie’s nails if they are getting too long. It is a part of their routine care however we advise all pet owners to take your pet to the vet for nail clipping if they are not experts in nail clipping.
What Happens if I Cut My Budgies Nails Too Short
First of all, if you cut your budgie’s nail too short then remember it will start bleeding as there is a nerve in the nail of budgies.
If the nerve has not been cut or damaged then cutting nails too short will cause these possible issues in your budgie,
- Your budgie won’t be able to climb easily as it uses nails and a beak to climb on the cage.
- Your budgie will not be able to grip the perch comfortably and might have restless sleep as most budgies sleep on the perch.
- Your budgie might not be able to mate with its partner for a temporary period until the nails grow back as claw grip is important while mating with the partner.
Does Clipping Hurt a Bird
Nail clipping does not hurt a bird if done properly as in humans. However, there is a small risk of accidentally cutting the quick, which is a part of the nail that contains blood vessels and nerves. If the quick is cut, it can be painful for the bird and may cause bleeding.