Pet Bird Nail Trimming

Trimming Your Bird's Nails Is Important

Nails can be trimmed when wings are clipped, or they may be trimmed separately. Some birds have been trained or taught that filing the nails is fun, and this makes the process go much more smoothly.

  • Restrain the same as in a wing trim, except each foot should be held separately.
  • Perform short cuts
  • Each nail should be cut individually by holding the toe gently.
  • Examine each toe for bleeding after you have released the toe.
Nail trimming diagram

We recommend that you visit your local Avian / Small Animal vet for your first wing and nail clipping! Your vet can demonstrate the proper techniques and provide you with everything you need to perform this routine maintenance on your own.