Australian in origin, parakeets, are a beloved choice of pet for many bird lovers. As with any bird, it is important you provide care and grooming to your parakeet so as to ensure it stays happy and in good health. An important part of that is trimming your parakeet’s beak.
Normally, all you need to do is provide a proper diet consisting of fruits and their seeds, giving them chew toys to play with and having them rub their beak against surfaces in general.
Sometimes, however, one half of a parakeet’s beak may outgrow the other. Requiring you to trim the overgrown half to restore the normal appearance. In this guide, we walk you through how to trim a parakeet’s beak properly.
Things You Will Need For Trimming the Beak
The first thing you will need is to gather all the items that will be required during the trimming process. The following is a list of these items and their functions;
A Bird Manual or Book
As an average pet owner, you may not be an expert on bird grooming and this article may not include every single detail. It might be useful for getting yourself a bird book that explains in detail how to care for your particular type of bird.
Your parakeet may not respond well to the trimming. It may even peck or bite you. Hence, it is wise to be wearing safety glasses over your eyes.
You will most unlikely have to restrain your parakeet during trimming. A bath towel can serve as a gentle means of doing that.
Dremel Tool with a Light Sanding Attachment
Lastly, you will need the tool with which you trim your parakeet’s beak. This particular tool is structurally designed to be easy on the bird’s beak. And it prevents your beloved parakeet from being harmed while you groom said uneven beak.
How to Trim a Parakeets Beak
Trimming a parakeet’s beak can be broken down into four simple, yet caution-requiring, steps. The following describes these;
Step 1: Preparation
If possible, you should initially consult a vet to decide if your parakeet actually needs a trimming. Once that is determined, tighten the light-sanding attachment to the Dremel tool you will be using.
Consult that bird book for any extra precautions or arrangements you should make. Take your parakeet outside of his cage and onto a level surface free of hindrances. You may also ask someone to help you keep your parakeet from moving too much and risk injury.
Step 2: Restraining Your Parakeet
Use that towel to hold down your parakeet. Place it over his body and ask your helper to gently press down. Preventing his feet and wings from moving too much. You should then carefully cup your other hand over his beak, palm touching the head and fingers curled around the lower beak to hold it closed.
Step 3: The Trimming
Now you can finally start trimming that beak. You should reduce its length and work on the uneven and rough parts so as to make them more even and smooth. Compare with a book or expert advice on what shape should a parakeet’s beak look like and try to achieve that with your trimming.
Step 4: Cleaning Up
Clean the Dremel after you are done trimming. Also, wipe your parakeet clean of any residual dust from the grinding process. Your bird should now be looking better than ever.
Having a pet is a responsibility and parakeets are no different. You should be taking care that he has a healthy beak well before there is any need to trim it. As mentioned before, look after his diet and see to it that he gets enough physical activity.
During the trimming, make sure you do not breathe in any of the dust created from grinding away at the beak. If need be, you may cover your entire face and not just the eyes.
As you can see, trimming the beak isn’t very difficult. And now that you know the exact process, you can do it easily. If you come across any issues during the process, let us know in the comments, we’ll try to help you as much as we can.