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Question Should I wait?

So ever since Cilla decided she'd be smart and fly out of the cage, I've gotten this faint excited feeling that makes me want to try and tame her. Even if I lose a finger in the process.

I KNOW she has a temper problem (so I call it) and bites like a wolf but I just got that feeling.

Ever since I had Priscilla (my very first cockatiel that I got from my aunt (her sister is still alive and that's where I got her from)), I've had a fear of their talons because we all know how long parrots' talons get. I've always been afraid to handle them because I also have a slight fear of pain (I just don't like it but no one does).

The tiels' wings, talons and beaks are far from short. I dont' know when the last time they were trimmed was.

Should I wait before I start taming and take them to a vet to get them trimmed and clipped or would it hurt to try and do something with them now? I'm wanting to do something and teach them something before Christmas eve because my dad is coming to visit (he's the one who was taking care of them before he gave them to me) and I want to do something. Y'know, just to let him know I'm getting somewhere.

I don't think we could afford it until January, and I don't know if it'd cost $18 like the budgies or more because their tiels.

So is it possible to tame this angry eagle of a cockatiel or is it "safer" to get them trimmed? Or could we possibly do it ourselves? I'm not really comfortable with trimming talons myself because I know about bleeding quicks and I shake a lot for some reason and I'm afraid I'll hurt them (or the other way around).

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There are some experienced bird people who will come to your home and trim your birds beak and nails. The fees are usually low, if you take your birds to a vet's office the fee just to have the vet see the birds is usually high and then you have to pay for the trimming of each birds beak and claws. The stress of moving the birds into a carrier and then traveling to the vets is also a pain if you have a bunch of birds.

Check around and call your local human society or bird club and see if you can find someone who can help you with doing what's needed at your home. I suggest you don't delay getting the beaks trimmed as well as the nails clipped, a bird with an overgrown beak can have trouble eating which could cause health problems you may not be able to recognize. A bird with too long nails will get them caught in parts of their cages or on toys causing them to get tangled and maybe injure the bird when its struggling.

Make sure there are cuddle bones and mineral blocks in your birds cage so they can chomp on them to help keep their beaks trim.

You can go out and gather some wooden branches from a forest or someone who has apple trees? I collect free branches from a friend who has a tree trimming business. I make sure the branches come from trees that have not had pesticide treatments. I bring the branches home and scrub them with soap and hot water then wash them with vinegar and let them dry near a furnace vent or I bake them in the oven at 200 for 30 mins until they are dry.

These natural wood branches make excellent perches for your birds, they help to keep their nails trim and they exercise the birds pads of their feet. It's like your birds would sit on if they are wild. The birds can also pick at the bark and wood which again helps their beaks stay trim and its just good fun for your birds to pick and chew on these branches.

This is a link of a list of trees that are safe for you to use when you make perches for your birds.

Bird; Birds: Safe, Toxic Trees, Woods. Safe Tree Wood. Parrots. Parrot cages.





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I don't know anyone with apple trees. Could an animal shelter be of any help at all?

Our local vet doesn't do birds, since everyone in our town seems to own only dogs, cats, cows, and horses. We're kinda in the country, so yeah. My aunt has the sister of my first tiel but I don't know if they clip her wings, or even let her out of the cage. But they do have dogs, so I can kinda see why.

The vet we went to charged $18 for nails. I'm not sure if their beaks are long. I'd have to look. But their nails remind me of eagles, so that kinda gives you an idea of how long they are (just not 5 inches). One of my family members used to trim my cockatiels' wings but then she's three hours away and she'll be here Christmas day.

Walmart sells natural wood perches, so would those work just as well? The oak tree in our yard is right beside the road, and I heard chemicals from cars get on them. The only branches we'd ever reach are the ones hanging down from a large broken part of the tree from the ice storm we had a few years ago.

I could ask again at the vet? But he said concrete perches could help with the budgies but I don't know about that? I do know sandpaper perches are dangerous for their feet, so I'm avoiding them. Is that true about the concrete?

I'll look around and see if there's anyone that can help us. I doubt there is but maybe I'll get lucky.
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If you can afford to buy natural wood perches buy them but make sure to have a few other good types of perches for your birds to sit on.

I have a mineral block type of perch in the cage for SPX he doesn't sit on it often which is fine with me because they shouldn't really be sitting on these types of perches for a long period of time as it can hurt the soft pads of their feet. I put a piece of millet near this perch but far enough away he has to reach over quite away and dig his nails in the perch to hang on and eat.




I don't like the other solid sand or shell type raspy perches they sell, personally I think this can be really bad for a birds feet especially if there are no other perches in the cage for the bird to sit at day and night.

SPX prefers to sleep the night away on a rope perch which probably feels nice on the pads of his feet. I do replace these perches often when I catch him chewing on them and ripping up strands. I recently saw someone bought Vet Wrap and wrapped this around the ripped and damaged rope perches she had for her birds, this wrap made the perches last longer.

I might try that in the future.






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Your birds nails won't hurt you, its the beak that is the weapon they use to protect themselves. By you using a cloth to hold on to the bird you are only making the bird frightened more when you do handle it. A frightened bird is not easy to hand tame.

I think you are worried too much about their nails, just look at the hundreds if not hundreds of thousands of videos on youtube of people holding their pet birds on their hands or arms or fingers and they are not hurt or harmed when doing this. Don't worry about their nails.





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Ok.

I know. It's just a tiny fear I've had for a long time. It doesn't bother me half as much as before. I used to jerk away from my tiel when I was younger. I know the beaks are the thing I'm afraid of in this case because I've been bitten once already since they both decided to leave the cage. Beaks hurt more than talons for these guys.

I'm willing to hold them, but then that fear kinda kicks me a bit but I'm getting over it. Slowly but surely
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Regurgitating
My Jenday Conure Buddy is regurgitating on his favorite toy, so I took that toy out of his cage, my question is how long does this last?


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