The picture above shows a detail of cutting your canary’s toenails – as long as they are fine-tipped enough to be accurate, you can use any size of scissors or clippers – I use these larger ones because the extra-fine tip allows for better accuracy, while the size makes for easy handling.
You should be working in a strong light so that you can make sure that you can see where the end of the quick inside the nail is before you cut – if you snip this, you will have to deal with blood! Keep a small cup of plain white flour nearby when cutting nails – should you accidentally cut too far down the nail, use this and a little pressure to stop the bleeding and encourage clotting.

I don’t like to use a styptic pencil to stop bleeding – it stings, and the birds protest and wriggle…

Most canaries are quite calm throughout the nail-clipping process if held correctly – they can breathe easily and can grasp one of your fingers with one foot, while you are working on the other, one toe at a time.



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