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Re: Beak trimming question

Posted by Rick on 7/27/07
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    Thanks for the info. Much appreciated.

    We do our own nail trimmings and wing clippings, although not
    intense as beak trimming I'm sure, on the Macaws and our M2,
    you're right 2 people are a definite MUST for these tasks no
    matter how tame they are. They are strong little buggers!

    After doing much internet searching and asking questions,
    never can have enough knowledge, I have now realized, although
    confident with myself, I will observe the Vet first and then
    make my decision thereafter when needed.

    Our 1 macaw does appear to have an extra long beak opposed to
    our other macaw, and what I have seen in others, but doesn't
    appear to affect his foraging and preening.

    Thanks again for you input.


    On 7/27/07, Bob wrote:
    > 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
    >> sometime.
    >> 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
    > might think.
    > 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
    > professional.
    >
    > Good luck.