Apparently starling toenails won't wear down on their own with scratchy perches and walking around on a hardwood floor. And starlings are not fond of being touched, so holding her down and doing it isn't really an option. So I had to invent a sneaky way to do it and it actually works. She plays on top of her cage a lot, and of course, her toes wrap around the bars and hang down. So I got her used to seeing the nail clippers (just regular human nail clippers) and when she's on top of her cage and playing with her mirror, I reach up from underneath and nip one off, just the tip. She used to say something really uncomplimentary and fly away and I could only get one at a time and it might be days before I could trick her into holding still for another one. But she's kind of over it now, or I'm better at it, or both, and today I got FOUR toenails before she'd had enough and refused to cooperate anymore. They're still longer than I'd like or than wild birds' nails are, but I'm keeping them under control this way and I'm so proud of my ingenuity. LOL
Mama Cuts Ringo's Toenails
Posted 24 November 2013 - 05:27 PM
Hey, that's great! Really smart of you, well done! I wish there was a way of clipping poor Tito's beak without causing as much stress as holding him does.
Posted 24 November 2013 - 06:02 PM
I am exceedingly thankful that Ringo takes care of her own beak. She has that rock garden and pecking at the rocks wears it down. I can't figure a sneaky way to trim THAT. I know other starling parents use a dremel or something and I would be flat terrified that I'd cut it too short. With toenails, if you only nip off the very end, you don't have to worry about that, and my method is to nip off a little tiny bit every time I think she's calm enough, in the hopes that eventually we'll work our way down to the proper length with no trauma for her OR me.
Posted 24 November 2013 - 10:03 PM
Posted 24 November 2013 - 11:34 PM
The parrots and Maggie have a treat cup on a scratchy perch, and the parrots have scratchy perches in their cages -- regular perches, too, the scratchy ones are just one of several in each -- and their nails stay short enough. Plus they have cuttle bones and calcium chews and they use those, so that takes care of beaks.
- Allee likes this
Posted 25 November 2013 - 09:03 AM
Edited by Allee, 25 November 2013 - 09:04 AM.
Posted 25 November 2013 - 04:55 PM
Clipping her nails is just the FIRST step. It isn't a complete pedicure until you put pink polish on her claws!!!
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Posted 25 November 2013 - 06:26 PM
Ha. I can't imagine Ringo holding still for THAT. She won't even let me look at the mess her feathers are in -- she's molting, and starlings take FOREVER to complete that process. If I show too much interest she says "IKE!" and flies away to a curtain rod or the top of a door. ("Ike" is Ringo-ese for "oh, no, you DON'T!")
Posted 06 December 2013 - 11:08 PM
I noticed Otey sitting on his porch giving himself a pedi. I thought he was just cleaning his talons, but no, he was actually trimming them. Good thing--I would probably have to sedate him and whip out the Pedi-Paws.
Posted 13 December 2013 - 06:32 AM