Last Updated on April 13, 2022 by Ali Shahid
During the day, most wild budgies are naturally active and sit on different perches in their environments, with a wide variety of diameters and textures. In addition to their normal grooming and preening behaviors, these varied surfaces wear down their nails and prevent them from overgrowing.
In captivity, budgies commonly have perches with smooth surfaces, all with similar diameters. Because of the lack of variation, nails wear less and grow more rapidly. Consequently, they must be trimmed, and you may accidentally cut too much of a budgie nail in the process of trimming. This can result in bleeding.
However, it is not a life-threatening incident and can easily be handled. Following our instructions will ensure that you and your birds are safe.
How to Stop Budgie Broken Nail from Bleeding
- Clean the broken nail
Remove the bacteria from the nail by rinsing it with lukewarm water. If the nail is open, do not use alcohol to remove bacteria. There will be a lot of burning and a lot of discomfort for your poor budgie. It is best to use warm water.
- Stop Bleeding
If you don’t want to cause additional damage to the area, don’t try to put pressure on it. You will not get any results. Since the vein is located within a solid nail, any pressure placed on the surface of this nail will not have any effect on the bleeding, since the vein is located inside a solid nail.
In its place, you could also use a small amount of cornstarch, which is basically what baby powder is. Make sure it does not contain any scents or medications. There is also the option of using flour, but it may not be as effective as cornstarch in solving the problem.
Dip the bird’s nail into a small cup or bowl containing some cornstarch and then place it in the palm of your hand or the palm of your hand. The clotting agent will stop the flow of blood and act as a caking agent. If the bleeding persists after several dips, it may take a few more to stop it.
- Look After Him
The budgie can be returned to his cage once the bleeding has stopped. Make sure you watch him and make sure he doesn’t bite his nails.
- Clean Bird’s Cage
Make sure his perches and any toys or other gadgets he’s likely to climb over are thoroughly cleaned as soon as possible. He’ll be less likely to get an infection before the nail has healed if his cage is clean.
- Consult a vet
In case you are concerned about your parakeet’s nails, you can consult a veterinarian. If in doubt, visit a professional to check the nail on your parakeet. If you have any further questions, your veterinarian can answer them or provide advice and guidance. When in doubt, never hesitate to consult with a veterinarian.
Cause of Budgie’s Broken Nail Bleeding
There is a vein called a “quick” under each budgie’s fingernail. This vein runs from its top to its bottom. The quick is visible if you look very closely at the nails of most parakeets because their nails are often light in color. It appears as a small red line. In cases of short nail clipping, veins are clipped as well, thus exposing them.
Other factors include overgrown nails becoming caught or trapped in toys, clothes, or cage parts. It may result in severe blood loss or severe pain when parts of the toenail are ripped off or a broken toe.
I realize this is a scary situation. As you hold a small bird whose nail has been cut too much, it seems to be bleeding rapidly. You must remain calm no matter how frightening the situation may seem to you.
Ali Shahid is a veterinarian by profession and an animal lover. He loves to give expert opinions about different animals. He has worked in top organization of birds like Bigbird Feed and Poultry Research institute. He loves birds, especially parrots and has great experience in different parrot farms.