How to Restrain a Bird. Knowing how to effectively and safely restrain your pet bird will make things easier when you're clipping wings, trimming claws and beak, checking your bird's weight and attending to emergency first-aid procedures.
Things You'll Need
- Bath Towels
- Bird Nets
Choose an appropriate-size towel to wrap your bird in - a small kitchen towel for finches, budgies and cockatiels; a small bath towel for small to medium-size parrots; a big towel or blanket for large macaws.
Dim the lights if your bird is extremely shy and fragile - this is common with canaries, budgies and finches.
Approach the bird when he's in his cage or in a closed room, and maneuver him into the corner of the cage or room.
Drape the cloth gently over the bird, completely covering his wings and head.
Control the bird's head by placing your thumb and forefinger along the lower section of the beak or mandible. Another way to do this is to wrap your thumb and forefinger around the neck and apply slight pressure to the bottom edge of the mandible.
Envelop the wings quickly with the trailing edge of the towel, and wrap the bird up in the towel, leaving the bottom end open for birds with long tail feathers.
Lift the bird and rotate him so his underside is facing up.
Cradle the bird in your hands or in the crook of one arm, but try to keep the bird mostly vertical so he can breathe more easily. Allow the bird's feet to grab on to the towel.
Have an assistant help you so one person can hold the bird while the other trims the claws or does whatever needs to be done.