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Old 05-15-2013, 12:47 PM
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Beak Trimming?

I am taking Henry (U2) to get his wings & nails trimmed today. We will also discuss his beak when I get there.
I am wondering everyones opinion on having the beaks trimmed?
Why or why not?

Also, I am having a hard time getting him to step up. When I do the technique he rubs his head over my hand when he is on top of his cage. He was on the floor yesterday & did the step up but I could tell he was a bit leary. Is this just a trust issue? Is he stubborn? (I have had him for only 3 days)
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Old 05-15-2013, 01:30 PM
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Re: Beak Trimming?

If the beak is overlong then it needs to be done. An overlong beak can get broken (and split!) much easier and get caught in toys and cages. It also can lend itself to greater injury on your part should the bird decide to bite.

In most cases birds will wear down their own beaks through chewing on wood and stuff, but lots of parrots don't do this as much as they should and the beak ends up needing to be trimmed around once a year. If done properly it causes no harm to the birdie and makes things easier.


And with stepping up--- he is a U2? I've noticed that lots of perfectly nice U2s do not step up very well- they'd rather have you "munch" their entire head with your hand and cuddle them where they stand. Even 'toos I don't know are usually not adverse to me assisting them in stepping up by physically picking up their feet (I work with A LOT of birds, including cockatoos and macaws). Cockatoos are one of the few birds I will do this with-- I think it's usually just because they are so focused on cuddling-- he might be slightly nervous, which in that case you just need to be patient with him and show him that stepping up gets him cuddles and treats and playtime.
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Old 05-16-2013, 09:47 AM
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Re: Beak Trimming?

Thanks Nocturnal, we took care of all of his grooming needs yesterday. The poor guy has been so neglected in that department
He had his back turned to me most of the night afterward and kept looking over his shoulder at me mumbling, LOL. But by the time I was getting him ready for bed he was fine.
I did get him to step up to my bare hand. I had a glove before and that is what the problem was. I assume the prev owners needed a glove when they handled him because of his nails.
You are so right about him wanting me to just cuddle munch his head right where he is, he loves it!
We do need to work on the step up. When I am holding him he does not want to go back to his cage or a perch. He does want to run up to my shoulder but I am not comfortable with a bird that can do so much damage that close to my face, especially since I have to learn his body language. Do you have any suggestions on how to teach him that my shoulders are off limits?
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Re: Beak Trimming?

If you have only had him for 3 days that is a very short time . Give him time to learn about you, your house, his new surroundings, new sounds, new people in his life, new routines ect. It takes time to earn their trust and get comfortable with all the changes.
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Woops I forgot to say congrats on your new birdy baby
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Re: Beak Trimming?

Thanks aliray, he seems to be adjusting well. He is very sweet! He is even looking better from his daily showers.
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Re: Beak Trimming?

For the shoulder thing, that should come with time--- simply remove him every time he goes up there and place him back on your arm. If he still tries to get there, place him on his stand and leave him for a bit before coming back and trying again. He should learn that going to your shoulder ultimately leads to him not getting what he really wants, which is time spent with you.
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Re: Beak Trimming?

Nocturnal has pretty well hit the nail on the head. Some birds learn faster than others. Just a fact of life. Enjoy your new friend.
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Re: Beak Trimming?

Please for future groomings don't clip his wings.

If you provide a lot of wood, they keep their beaks well groomed themselves.

Also if you provide a lot of variety in perches, they tend to not need their nails clipped much
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Re: Beak Trimming?

Why wouldn't I get the wings trimmed? I have always kept feathers trimmed on any bird I have had. Especially since I allow them a lot of time out of the cage.
Henry will walk off his cage & find me if he cannot see me... I can't imagine him being able to fly to where I am all the time!
I understand the beak. And his nails were so horribly overgrown, they had to be done. I have a variety of perches for him but I will keep a close eye on his nails for the future.
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