What about sandpaper? Someone suggested tying sandpaper to one of his perches (one that he doesn't sit on a lot) so Murphy can go up to it and scratch the tip of his beak? Anyone ever heard of that? I looked into getting a dremel here in Australia after nearly cutting my poor dogs whole nail off with clippers and the cheapest one I could find was $150!!! No thanks!
maybe you can find one on the internet for less, a visit to the vet would be that much too and if you invest in the dremel it will last a really long time. you could just use a nail file but i dont think it would work as well and it is much harder on the bird. i have a rough perch for Kiwi and it helps with her nails a little bit but it is not good for their feet to stand on too much. (if you get one put it near the bottom of the cage so that they do not spend too much time on it) it does nothing for her beak, i dont know specifically what you are talking about, maybe there is something out there that can help. go to a local pet store that has a lot of bird stuff and take a look around.
boy boxer babe that dremel sure comes in handy for lots of things !! LOL. yes bird's beaks need to be trimmed every so often because they can grow too long and interfere with eating. also they can crack off, not very common at all, but a friends cockatiel's cracked and she had to have a prosthetic beak put on. it was a big ordeal with lots of follow up visits but now the bird can eat normal and doesn't have any more problems. we have an african grey at work and we trim her beak every 3-4 months. so it isn't very often you need to have it done. nova has sandpaper perches to but it seems to work only to file down the sides of her beak and make the end pointier.
nova the african grey is actually our hospital pet. she hated her owners wife so it was either the wife or the bird went. so the guy gave her to my boss. she is a feather plucker, which started before my boss got her. we have tried every thing in the world to stop this bird from plucking but nothing works. she is the most awesome bird i have ever come across. her vocabulary is extrordinary. when we have a difficult animal we are treating , nova actually yells at the animal. she says no no, or stop it. she even says good girl if the animal is behaving. it is amazing how she can link those words to the situation at hand. when the phone rings and someone goes to answer it - she says hello before we do. she also says - yeah okay , bye - like she is ending the conversation for us. she hates woman but once she gets to know a woman pretty well she is fine with them. men, ones she has never seen before, can go right up to her and pet her without getting bit. every morning when i come in i have to pass her cage, so i say morning nova bird. now when i come in she says it to me. i also call her a brat bird cause she can be somewhat bratty. so now she says - nova's a brat bird. she is the funiest thing.i know there are two types of african greys. i don't know what they are but she is grey with red tail feathers. they are not the most striking of all the bird varieties but they are the smartest and the best talkers.
like i said before i have been touring some colleges. at one of them, the girl who was giving the tour told us about an experiment she did with an african grey as a research project. her goal was to test the intellegence of the bird by seeing how many objects the bird could learn by name and how long it took. she started at the begining of the semester and worked with the bird for many hours, taping all of the sessions to have progress well documented. the bird learned nothing, it did not respond to any of her training and she was VERY frustrated. at the end of semester she handed in her report and later that day went to the lab just to see the bird. she took him out and he said 'cup' she was amazed and couldnt believe it so she got out the objects she had been using in her experiment and the bird said 'cup' and went to get the cup like she had been trying to teach him all semester. she then said block and he said 'block' and went to get the block. she absolutely couldnt believe it, the bird waited untill after the tape was off and everything was over before he said a thing but he knew it all along. they say they have the intellegence of a 4 or a 5 year old.
Scout1, I KNOW!!!! That bloody dremel!!! I rang my vet and the assistant said to bring Murphy in to get his beak cut....It will cost $32.50!!! How do you go about teaching them to speak? He is about 9 months old now and I have been told by 12 months he should be starting a few words. His little voice is getting a larger range when he whistles etc. Do you just start off with a simple word like "HEllo" and continue and continue and continue till he repeats it and then go on to another word? My sister had the same type of bird (about 2 years old now) and it can sing songs etc....but she can't really remember how they trained it (I think the kids did it).
from what i understand, and i don't know a lot about birds, but they learn from repitition. they will pick up on things they hear the most. a friend of mines grey picked up on the taco bell commercial. you may not know that one but the all the bird said was " here lizard , lizard ,lizard " for the longest time. because the commercial was overplayed. if there are certain things you want him to say just say them to him all the time or make a tape recording of the words and play it over and over . preferably while you are not home so it doesn't drive you nuts !! i repeated morning nova bird to the bird at work for at least the past 2 years and she has only started saying it the past 6 months. we tried to teach her to say a nasty thing about one of the vets we all hated but she never picked it up. the vet is no loinger there so the point is moot now. but the key seems to be endless repition.
It's best to ask your vet, every bird is different. I've been guardian to a Tymmneh African Grey for 14 years and he's never had anything done to his beak. I had his wings clipped and claws filed a few times several years ago. I found that wasn't in his best interest. He does not mimic, he orders. He talks constantly, laughes and is a joy for my entire family. He can and is a pain at times, but overall he's a good little guy and I pop him in his travel cage and take him with me most of the time. He amazes me every day. He's very intelligent and gets along great with his ...siblings...1 dog and 4 cats... Definitely not a pet..Nor one to cage and stick in a corner..Birds need alot of love and tons and tons of attention. My little ..teenager.. is only caged at bedtime.
Yeah, we only cage our Rainbow Lorikeet when we are at work and when we go to bed. He just walks around the house otherwise....and tries not to be stood on by my 9 month old Dal! But they are both slowly learning the boundaries with each other!
i have two cockatiels at home, and we used to take them to the vet to get their beaks trimmed, but then the vet told us about the sand paper stuff for the pearches. and i've found that it doesn't work very well. so evey 4 or 5 months, whenever the beaks get long i just use a nail file, works just fine! but my birds beaks aren't really long though! Sandy the APBT http://www.dogster.com/?41769 Tiny the Rottweiler http://www.dogster.com/?41771 Mittens the Cat http://www.catster.com/?59561 Patches the Cat http://www.catster.com/?59566 Two-Tone the Cat http://www.catster.com/?59563
You can get those cement perches also, they have a really gritty sandpaper like texture to them. The birds love sitting on them and rubbing thier beaks on them.It keeps thier beaks down AND thier claws.Be careful trimming them though as if not done properly they can crack up the side and cause pain.