Ok, i took Peter out of his cage today, and his nail got caught on something (not sure what though) and ripped off. i just happend to look down and saw his nail bleeding. i put epi-stop on his nail and applied pressure to stop the bleeding. then i covered him up and left him alone for a while because he was pretty stressed out ( i checked on him LOTS though) so the bleeding has stopped, but he is still pretty stressed, and he's walking all funny now due to the nail being more than half gone. there is barely anything left to his nail, so my question is: will his nail ever grow back, and if so how long? and will he walk funny until it grows back, or will he just get used to it? tara
Sorry, don't know the answers. I would say the nail would grow back though -- unless some major damage was done to the cuticle or inside his foot where the nail actually start growing. But I doubt it if he just got it caught and ripped it? What type of bird? I am interested in what answers you get because I have a Rainbow Lorikeet and want to be prepared if this ever happens to him :)
I have 2 cockatiels. Peter and Pepper, it's Peters nail that was bleeding. Here are pics of them....( i know, peters head got cut off, im definetly not a good photographer!) Peter: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v395/tara_jolene/peter.jpg Pepper: ttp://img.photobucket.com/albums/v395/tara_jolene/pepper.jpg
you can stop a birds nail from bleeding the same way you would stop a dog or cats nail. either with the quik stop powder or a styptic pencil( silver nitrate stick). it does hurt when they rip a nail off so he may walk funny for a day or two because it hurts. depending on how far back he ripped his nail it may grown in very funny looking, may curl to one side or not grow back much at all. poor little birdie. he will be just fine. maybe sore for a few days.
ok, thanks scout. the bleeding has complely stopped. and he's calmed down quiet a bit...still a little scared though. he has started to walk a little bit better, but still a little funny. his nail is really really short...theres almost nothing left. i was so worried today, but he's doing beter. i'll let you know how he is tomorrow after the shock of what happend wears off
Hi Tj, I've been having and raising birds for more than 20yrs. Species from Budgies to Macaws. A broken/short cut nail is pretty easy to stop bleeding as others have said. As long as bleeding stopped, there is no danger to bird. Do watch to make sure he doesn't start biting and/or chewing on it. My Grandson had a Gold Capped Conure which chewed 2 toenails completely off on 1 foot. He finally stopped (with vet care) and is still living the good life. He is now 8yrs old. God Bless......Stan
I realise this is an old post but I will leave my two cents anyways..lol. I have a quaker who got his nail bit off by a white fronted amazon ( nasty little girl) lol. Anyways it never grew back, he walked just fine.. but with alittle stumpy toe is all! hehee :)
It is ok if he walks a little funny for a couple of days. Just like when we cut our fingernails and we cut it too short, it feels kind of funny for a day or two and then you eventually forget about it. Just like us, his nails will grow back and soon enough if he is generally healthy. Hope this helps. :)