Proper care for your Exotic Bird
Exotic Birds are a lot different from dogs and cats as pets. Unlike dogs and cats, Exotic Birds do not need special grooming treatments. Grooming a Exotic Birds should maintain clipped nails and wings and a beak in perfect shape. But this is not something easy to do. A Exotic Bird owner should be trained by a professional avian veterinarian to make sure that they know what they are doing. If not, never attempt on grooming your Exotic Birds because it might cause serious injuries.
Be cautious certain types of conditions like an upper or lower beak growing off to the side is one. This can be defect acquired during birth or an injury from an accident. Cleaning and caring the beak might prove to be difficult in such a condition. Some illnesses might also cause problems in growing your Exotic Bird’s beak such as mite or fungal infections.
The first thing to know in cutting your Exotic Birds toenails is to identify the desired length that the nails should be cut. For this procedure, you will need an effective bird holder or a method of safe restraint, a cutting device and a styptic powder. Never attempt to cut the nails if you are unsure and not properly trained to do it. In case you are, you will only get used to the right length as time progresses. The cutting device should be appropriate to the size of your Exotic Bird. For smaller ones, human nail trimmers will do but for larger ones, a pet nail trimmers or the guillotine-style nail trimmer is most appropriate. If in any case you cause your Exotic Bird’s toenail to bleed, be ready with the styptic powder but be cautious because this is very painful when applied to an open wound so you have to restrict your parrot from moving wildly effectively.
Nails are important to be cut because this can cause injury to your Exotic Bird. Long toenails might get caught in rugs, carpets, toys and cages and can be the cause of a broken toe.
A properly clipped Exotic Bird’s wings can prevent a serious injury to your pet bird. In an attempt to fly during play sessions, Exotic Birds can avoid falling to the ground hard with correct clipped wings. Not only that they will also not be prone to serious wing, leg and head injury because of crashing into doors, mirrors, windows and ceiling fans.
True, full-winged Exotic Birds are very nice to look at and add to the beauty of the bird, but keep in mind that your bird is a pet and not left out in the wild where they can boast off their wings while looking for food, flying to safety, protecting their young and shelter or finding companionship. You would not want your Exotic Bird to wander and fly off just like that would you! So be sure to trim the wings of your pet and trim it correctly. Never attempt to trim the wings for the purpose of style and wild appearance because this might cause your bird to fall hard on the ground and go circles in the air. Aim for wings that will help your bird flutter harmlessly to the ground.