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.

How We Do It:

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 steam cleaner to keep them clean and sanitary for the next bird. If we are unable to trim a bird’s nails with the dremel due to the bird’s comfort level, we will use nail clippers instead with “Kwik Stop” on hand if any bleeding occurs.

Blood Feathers And Nail Quicks:

Please note that blood feathers (immature feather shafts) and long nail quicks (blood vessels) may prevent us from trimming wings and nails to the preferred length. We will do our best but it may take a couple nail trims for the blood vessels to recede enough before we can get the nails down to a normal length. If your bird has blood feathers, it usually takes a few weeks for them to grow out and may enable your bird to partially fly.

Clipped Birds Can Still Fly!

Unfortunately due to popular belief about clipping, many clipped birds who were taken outside without a harness, carrier or travel cage have ended up flying away and getting lost. Clipping wings may limit a bird’s ability to fly but does not take it away altogether. A strong wind or getting spooked may be enough for a clipped bird to take off and fly out of eyesight. Please do NOT take clipped birds outside without a harness, carrier or cage!!!

HealthGene DNA Sexing:

DNA sexing can be done through HealthGene by eggshell, feathers or blood. For owners who may not have their bird’s eggshell on hand, we recommend lightly bleeding their nail quick on the test kit. It may sound horrible to do but it’s the safest, quickest and least painful way to obtain blood for the test. You could also send away feathers but they’d need to be fresh (not molted) which means you’d have to pluck a few from their chest. We don’t recommend doing this because it may not result in enough cells to test and if the bird has plucked in the past, it may result them to begin again. If you’re not comfortable clipping their nail for the test, we can and send away the test for you or give you the test kit and form to send away yourself. A few species are sexually dimorphic (eclectus parrots for example) and wouldn’t require a DNA sexing test but for those who aren’t, we’re happy to help you find out if you’ve got a male or female parrot.


We ask that you make an appointment at least 48 hours ahead of time to ensure we will be available. We will do our best to accommodate last minute appointments but can not guarantee that we will be available. If you need to cancel your grooming appointment that’s no problem, just let us know as soon as possible.

Bird 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
  • Beak trim $20
  • Nail trim $15
  • Wing trim $10
  • HealthGene DNA sexing + Nail trim $30

If you’re interested in bringing your feathered companion(s) to us for grooming, please look over and fill out the Grooming Information Form and then send it to or bring it in with you. Any questions? Check out our FAQ section or contact us anytime by email, call/text or Facebook Messenger. Thank you for your interest, hope to see you and your feathered companion soon!


Pictured is a before and after overgrown beak trim. Super sweet bird and very happy owners!


Meet some of our previous client’s feathered companions!