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Old 01-09-2011, 03:20 PM
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This is by far my favorite way to hold a budgie, it's gives you the greatest control for even the squirmy wriggly ones!
It's great for checking the vent, clipping nails, applying ivermectin, feeling the keel bone & many more

When handling a budgie, be confident!
keep them up straight & use your instincts to what strength of grip is necessary but do not restrict the chest, doing so will limit their breathing




hold the budgie's head between your middle finger & index finger
and use the rest of your fingers & thumb to keep the wings tucked in



the hold gives us good access to between the shoulder blades, so applying ivermectin is doodle


when catching from a cage, i often use a light cloth
it is allot quicker & less stressful, it also softens the nips of the hens
the same hold applies


the hold can also be used of budgies with splayed legs

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This is truly a great Sticky!!
When you become more comfortable you can try letting your bird put its feet around a finger. Budgies hate to have feet flying in the air. Our budgies mostly calm right down when we do this.It is great to clip claws and for filing beaks.
We use a 6" three sided file that We got from lab supply company The file is smaller than an emery board and works very well to shape a budgies beak. You can also buy just the file and use it. They can be obtained in the tool dept of a hardware store. I raided my husband's tool box the first time I used one. The later purchased one just for the budgies. I can use the file my self, but it would be best to have an extra set of hands until you become more experienced. Every skill we master improves the bond with your bird. They feel your confidence and respond to it. Best wishes, Jo Ann
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