Training Voluntary Nail Trims with Your Bird


Course Overview:

Three ways to train voluntary nail trims with your bird to avoid stressful and unhealthy restraints.


There are a few different ways you can train an unrestrained, voluntary nail trim. Each has its advantages and disadvantages. Decide on a tool that works for you.

You might find that birds who have had their nails trimmed with one tool might have a strong negative reaction to that tool, so using another tool will help for smoother progress. From this video, you can also see that even though we don’t cut the quick (blood vessel) in Henry the cockatoo's nail, he still finds the sensation of having his nail trimmed unpleasant.

Once you have found the tool you want, it will make a method to choose even easier.

Doesn't the bird want to grab the nail trimming tool?

The lessons each address this in a stepwise fashion so you will train your parrot not to grab your file or dremel.

My parrot doesn't like having his feet touched, what should I do?

This mini-course addresses two different methods that are hands free. With parrots that have a lot of history with discomfort around their feet, it might take a little longer, but it can be trained!