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My parakeet, Charlie, has grown some super long nails. I don't know what the bird is supposed to do to keep them trim, and there's no one in my family that will trim them. Does anyone know a step by step way to trim a bird's nails and what I can use?
If you can find a specialty bird store near you, a lot of them have grooming services. It is also a lot cheaper than a vet, and they know what they are doing. I work in a bird store and I do a lot of grooming, and I agree with the posts above, you don't want to be the bad guy and you don't want to hurt your bird earlier.
If you hold the toenail up to the light you can see where the blood vessel ends. Clip an extra 1/8 inch beyond the vessel so you miss the vessel. Wear a glove and be gentle. Your parakeet will not be crazy about this procedure.
I've kept birds of all sizes for years but I still remember how scared I was the first few times. I am "the bird lady". I have trimmed beaks (seldom needed) wings and nails. It is traumatic for both you and the bird.
Take your bird to an avian veterinarian. Trimming bird nails is tricky and most definitely not for a novice.