How to Trim a Bird's Beak. Most pet birds' beaks remain in good condition without trimming if the birds have an appropriate diet. However, "hookbills," such as parrots and cockatoos, are likely to require beak care when kept in captivity.
Things You'll Need
- Bath Towels
- Styptic Powders
- Diamond Nail Files
- Safety Glasses
- Small Rotary Tools
Refer to books or visit a well-managed zoo to learn the normal shape, length and unique function of your bird's beak.
Purchase a diamond nail file for smaller birds or a motor-driven hobby tool with a cone-shaped stone for large birds such as macaws.
Find a commercial styptic powder at a pet supply store, and ask the store owner or your veterinarian about proper usage.
Have an assistant help you restrain the bird's body, wings, feet and head so both of your hands are free.
Wear protective eyewear if using a power grinder.
Shape and reduce the length of the beak, taking care to smooth any damaged areas and file any cracks so they won't enlarge.
Consult your veterinarian to treat large cracks.
Trim carefully - underneath the "dead" horny covering of the beak is living tissue.
Avoid breathing the dust generated by filing the beak.
Clean the grinding tools after each use.