Grooming and Hygiene

Keeping your bird's cage and feathers clean can help avoid illness, infections, and discomfort. Plus, all bird owners want their pets to look their best. Good grooming and hygiene practices can help make sure that your "pretty bird" is always in peak condition.

Bathing Your Bird

Every bird is an individual, and as such, will display unique characteristics in regards to grooming behavior. Some birds love to play in the water, and relish their time in the bath. Some birds have not been conditioned to accept bathing, and resist contact with water, despite the fact that daily showers would be a part of their natural grooming activity in the wild.

While at times it can take some effort on the part of the owner to single out the grooming methods that will work for a particular bird, bathing is important to a bird's health and even reluctant birds must be conditioned to accept it.

The Rules of Bathing

Finding Your Bird's Comfort Zone

Should I Clip My Bird's Wings?

Wing clipping could be labeled one of the most controversial subjects in aviculture. There are many reasons why some bird owners choose to clip their bird's wings, and just as many reasons why some bird owners do not. While wing clipping is generally recommended for most captive birds, the decision to trim a bird is one best left to the individual owner.

Trimming Your Bird's Nails

If you've ever been scratched by a bird's claws, you know how sharp and painful they can be! There are, however, many other reasons for trimming a bird's nails than for your own personal comfort. A quick nail trim now and then can help prevent foot problems with your bird, protect your furniture and valuables, and let's face it -- a little bit of extra handling time never hurts!

To trim your bird's nails without causing injury to your pet or yourself, it's important to keep these helpful tips in mind:

Do Pet Birds Need to be Misted?