Grooming Overview

Welcome to LifeWithParrots! We are a home based business that offers a quality grooming service providing our client’s feathered companion with safe beak, nail and wing trimming. We’ll do everything we can to ensure your bird has the best experience possible and you can feel confident knowing your bird’s beak, nails and wings will be properly groomed. For beak and nail trimming we use a dremel on low speed without sedation as it reduces the risk of breaking a blood vessel and removes the risks associated with sedating birds. Dremel bits are always disinfected after each grooming session using a jewelry steam cleaner to keep the bits clean and sanitary for the next bird. If a bird becomes too stressed with using a dremel for their nails, we can use nail clippers and a file instead.

Consistent grooming is important as it can prevent beaks and nails from becoming overgrown and causing discomfort/ injury to either them, you or another bird in the household. On average, beak and nail trimming can take up to 15 minutes and wing clipping as little as 5 minutes but it really depends on how well the bird reacts to having their beak, nails or wings done.

Please note, we may not be able to trim down overgrown beaks and nails to the normal length after one appointment due to the length of the blood vessels. Trimming overgrown beaks and nails to a normal length may take a couple of appointments (once a week or every two weeks) before the blood vessels recede enough for us to get them to a normal length. Blood feathers may also prevent us from clipping some wing feathers and allow your bird to possibly still fly.

Appointments can be made for times within our business hours (Holidays may affect these hours) and we require a minimum of 24 hour notice prior to the appointment time to ensure we are available. We will do our best to accommodate last minute bookings but we can not guarantee that we will be available.

All birds must meet the following requirements:

  • Be in general good health. Plucking/barbering due to stress, habit or hormones is acceptable
  • Be completely weaned for at least 2 weeks
  • Have no open wounds or recent major injuries (occurring within one (1) month before the appointment date)
  • Be harnessed or in a carrier when entering and exiting LifeWithParrots

If you’re interested in bringing your feathered companion(s) to us for grooming, please look over and fill out the LifeWithParrots grooming form found on our website under “Grooming” then send it to our email or bring it in with you. Any questions? We’d be happy to answer them through email or you can call/text us anytime between 8am – 9pm at our phone number found on our website under “Contact Us”. Thank you for your interest, hope to see you and your feathered companion soon!

Before and after a beak, nail and wing trimming appointment with Tango who has overgrown nails (from not being looked after in his previous home) and showing the two kinds of wing trims we offer. One shows 6 primary flight feathers trimmed (the most effective kind of wing clip) and second shows 4 primary flight feathers trimmed, leaving 2 uncut (may still allow bird to fly but looks nicer to some bird owners).