On 7/26/07, Rick wrote:
> Have a question for you. As I have experience with wing
> clippings and nail trimmings, my question is this. I have
> a macaw that has, what I would consider, a longer than
> usual beak with about a 3/4 inch extending down from his
> beak. It appears his beak has not been trimmed in quite
> I am comfortable enough to trim it myself using the
> appropriate files but would like to know if there is a
> specific amount that should be taken off per each
> trimming. I am aware of the "quick line" in the beak. Any
> info would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
First, I would like to say that many birds that have their
beaks trimmed really don't need to have it done. Three
quarters of and inch does not sound excessive for a macaw.
Many assume that because nails and wings are done, the beak
is automatically done also.
I won't say that you should or shouldn't attempt this task,
but I will say that it's a bit more complicated than you
While a file might work, a dremel tool is the tool of choice
when it comes to trimming beaks. It is quicker, more
efficient and causes the bird less stress.
I would suggest that if you are still determined to have this
done, someone who has done it before should at least do the
first trimming, preferably a vet. Actually seeing it being
done will give you a very good idea of the technique, both
holding the bird and performing the task.
With a macaw, no matter how gentle, a second person should be
helping with holding the head and keeping the bird still.
Again, rethink your reasons for doing this and if you still
feel that it needs to be done, have the first done by a