A Guide To The Right Tools And Techniques For Grooming Your Birds' Feathers

A Guide To The Right Tools And Techniques For Grooming Your Birds' Feathers

Birds can be an uncommon choice when it comes to keeping pets, but they require just as much care and attention as the others. They come in various shapes, sizes and breeds and for the most part, have straightforward needs. Just like cats are known for licking their coats incessantly, birds like to keep their feathers in good condition by preening. However, bird owners need to be aware there is more to a bird’s grooming routine than just ensuring it has clean, glossy feathers. 


All animals need to bathe on a regular basis in order to stay clean and healthy and birds are not different. Pet birds spend most of their time in a cage and that leads to their skin becoming dry and irritated. A simple wash and dry will not only moisten a bird’s skin but also help its plumage brighten. When you bring your bird for its grooming session, it will either be placed in a shallow bowl or basin filled with freshwater or enjoy a gentle misting bath from a spray bottle or misting hose.  

Wing Clipping

When bird retailers are making a sale, they often suggest that a bird’s wings be clipped or trimmed to prevent it from flying around the residence and hurting itself. Done right, your bird won’t feel any pain during trimming because it’s feathers that are made from the same material as our fingernails don’t contain any nerves. Don’t fret if you are uncertain of how to carry out this procedure; a professional pet grooming service will be able to trim your bird’s feathers according to your preference. All you have to do is inform the groomer whether you want your bird to glide safely to the ground after flying several feet or jump and hop a few feet above the ground onto tables and sofas. Professional groomers will use the appropriate equipment, in this case, special scissors, pointing them away from the body of the bird so as not to harm it.

Trimming Claws (Nails)

Birds that grow in the wild naturally wear down their claws or nails by constantly perching on different surfaces. Pet birds, on the other hand, most end up on smooth surface perches resulting in decreased wear of nails and nail overgrowth. Due to this, regular nail trimming will prevent nails from becoming long and flaky and decrease the risk of your pet bird being caught on clothing or injured in the cage. The required tools to trim a smaller bird’s nails usually involve a pair of nail clippers, an emery board and styptic powder that stops bleeding in case of a small cut. A rotating grindstone will be more appropriate when it comes to trimming the claws of a larger bird.

Smoothing the Beak

A bird ends up using its beak constantly, whether it’s to eat, climb or play. Upon purchase, be sure to learn what length your bird’s beak is meant to be because this will help you maintain its beak health and appearance. Proper grooming of the beak is necessary to ensure an even shape and desired length. Two common choices of beak trimming tools are either an appropriate size nail trimmer or a rotating grindstone.

Healthy birds are happy birds and happy birds love a good grooming session. While most birds enjoy preening for hours at a time, it is still the owner’s responsibility to maintain their regular grooming needs. Take your pet bird to a professional groomer every six-twelve months so their feathers can be clipped, claws can be trimmed, beaks can be smoothed and they can enjoy a relaxing bath while they’re at it.

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