I put them on their back when im trimming their nails and also if I need to check them make sure nothings wrong with them.I also want to teach the play dead trick one day.It's great Loki is getting used to it, not surprised Rocko is biting though as it's such an unnatural/vulnerable position for them! What do you put them on their back to do ?
The thing is Rocko dosent like being held in certain positions and he wouldnt let me do that.Its ok for them to learn to lie on their back as a trick without vomiting right.Either have a second person hold the bird upright but restrained, or hold the bird against your chest and pick up each foot. That's how I do mine, because I don't have a second person to assist.
If im holding him I have to hold his head so he cant bite me and if he did bite me I would end up dropping him so I wouldnt be able to teach him to go against my chest.Also I dont put pressure on their chest when im holding them.Lying on their backs is not a natural thing for cockatiels to do, so it is very stressful for them and can easily cause GI/breathing problems. Personally, I would not try to teach my birds something that I knew they instinctively found terrifying.
The safety issue with clipping nails with the bird on their back is that putting pressure on their crop or chest can cause the vomiting/aspiration.
If you are training Rocko to do other things, I don't see why you couldn't train him to be held against your chest.
That's how the vet did. She wrapped the boy in a towel and then held him against her chest.Either have a second person hold the bird upright but restrained, or hold the bird against your chest and pick up each foot. That's how I do mine, because I don't have a second person to assist.
Yes, I have been taught by several different avian vets to never turn them on their backs. It might be different with a species like conures who naturally play on their backs, but for tiels it's stressful and can easily lead to injury or illness.That's how the vet did. She wrapped the boy in a towel and then held him against her chest.
Now I get it they can be hold by their back just not upside down lying on their back I could get someone in my house to hold him in a towel against their back while I trim.If holding your birds on their backs is the only way you can trim their nails, then I would recommend having someone else do it for you.
They have lots of different perches in their cage but they still need to be trimmed.Why dont you try to let them walk around in different surfaces and perches so they can wear the nails off naturally-We dont trim our babies nails,it has worked fine for all of us.
Just a suggestion X x