These birds have long become our home friends. They are classified as the most popular pets. It’s easy to care for them, and the speech apparatus allows them to also be our interlocutors. But budgies have some physiological characteristics that every caring owner should know about. They concern the beak of birds, its growth, the creation of optimal conditions for the health of this organ. Sometimes the owners have to cut it. This is worth knowing in detail.
The best treatment is, of course, prevention. Therefore, it is important to consider that pebbles must hang in the cage of a parrot so that the bird has the opportunity to sharpen its beak on it. So this organ of the bird will not grow too fast. Pay close attention to the nutrition of the budgerigar. It should not contain excess minerals. Just this contributes to the early growth of horn tissue. And so that the tip of the beak of the bird erased sooner, you should give it large grains. It can be seeds, oats. With their peeling, the beak will constantly rub against food and grow back less.
If you notice that in the budgerigar the beak began to grow rapidly after taking vitamins, then it is recommended to cancel them. Surely they have a lot of calcium. This will help diagnose bird droppings. With an excess of calcium, it will be almost white.
But if you didn’t manage to apply these preventive recommendations, and your pet’s beak has grown rapidly, then it becomes difficult for the bird to eat. Cutting off horny growths is indispensable.
So, if you notice every day that the budgerigar is really uncomfortable to eat, horny deposits interfere with it, then you need to remove them. Alone, this is unlikely to succeed. Therefore, assistance is needed to the owner of another person. He will have to hold the bird. After all, her sharp movements will not give you the opportunity to cut the beak, you can injure the bird. You must do everything quickly, but at the same time carefully. And first of all, it is necessary to carry out your actions in good lighting.
Trim the whole growth on your own (provided that it does not crumble) with sharpened scissors. It is better to have a special veterinary tool for this, but in case of its absence, you can use honed manicure scissors. Their blades must first be thoroughly wiped with rubbing alcohol. Next, it will be necessary to make slices of the keratinized part of the beak in parts, in small pieces.
After cutting, you need to take another manicure tool – a nail file. After disinfection, you need to carefully file the cut-off places of the horn growth. Sometimes with a severely launched beak of a bird, you can’t cope with one nail file. It is necessary to take a steel file and process the horn surface. Sawing must be done very carefully, because a blood vessel is located a few millimeters from the end of the beak. It is important not to affect or damage it. By the way, if the beak of a budgie is dark, then this vessel may not even be visible. Then you need to be doubly accurate. If by chance you damage a pet’s blood vessel, bleeding has begun, you need to pour hemostatic powder onto the wound as soon as possible. In the absence of such a medicine, a cotton swab dipped in ordinary hydrogen peroxide should be pressed to the site of injury.
After performing such a procedure, which is stressful for the pet, the bird must be reassured. Put fresh water in the cage, give your favorite food. Experts advise after manipulation of pruning beaks not to disturb the pet during the day. He will calm down – and it will be easier for him to eat.
Next, make sure that unfamiliar tree species and branches from them do not fall into the cage of the parrot, because such objects may contain harmful substances to the bird.
Consult a veterinarian regarding the purchase of food and its proper combination with vitamin supplements.