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Topic: Sharp Claws
Message: Posted by: Daniel J. Ferrara Jr. (Mar 30, 2003 10:39PM)
Am I supposed to file or clip my dove's claws? They seem to be getting very sharp.
Message: Posted by: Dave Scribner (Mar 31, 2003 04:34PM)
Daniel, you can do either one, however, I prefer to file them. If you look at the claw, you'll see a fine red line down the center. It's called the blood line. No matter which way you choose, be careful not to touch that line. Dove's have very little blood and they loose it quickly if you cut the line. All you really need to do is take the very tip off the claw so it doesn't get caught.

That's why I like the file. A couple of passes and you're all set. I still keep a tube of Kwik stop around. That's like a styptic pencil and will clot the blood right away if you make a mistake. We've all done it.
Message: Posted by: Daniel J. Ferrara Jr. (Mar 31, 2003 05:04PM)
Ok, thank you.

By the way, you were right about the Tony Clark videos. Lots of great info on care and training.
Message: Posted by: Tim Taylor (Apr 6, 2003 04:52PM)
I know this works for our parrots. This could work for the doves. Try a lava stone perch. Our parrots live on them. :cool:
Message: Posted by: magic mike (Apr 7, 2003 11:43AM)
On Andy Amyx's dove video called Doves 101, he suggests gluing sandpaper to the perches of the dove's cage, in this way clipping or filing of the dove's claws will not be neccessary. I no longer have doves and have never tried this method of keeping the bird's nails from getting sharp but it sounds like an idea worth trying. Please let me know if you try this out and how it works out. :bigdance:
Message: Posted by: Dave Scribner (Apr 7, 2003 05:40PM)
You need to be careful using the sandpaper method. Each time the bird lands on the perch a little bit of the nail is removed. If you don't watch it carefully, the removal could get dangerously close to the blood line.
Message: Posted by: Kingry (Apr 8, 2003 10:58AM)
I have used the cement perches for years, and have never had a problem.
Message: Posted by: VMC_Alex (Apr 29, 2003 09:22AM)
Do not use sandpaper perches with doves! They will pick at the sandpaper for grit and it contains poisonous materials inside that could kill your doves. I have found a great dove website:


It has a lot of interesting stuff. :)
Message: Posted by: magician81 (Apr 30, 2003 12:04AM)
As I am a beginner in dove magic, thanks a lot, you just saved my doves.
Message: Posted by: Dave Scribner (Apr 30, 2003 06:21AM)
I think a little clarification may be needed on the sandpaper idea. I raised my first 6 birds with sandpaper perches and never had any trouble with them at all, at least in regards to eating it. In fact most pet shops sell sandpaper perches. If you use a finer grade paper, the doves can't eat it. You do have to be careful though as the sandpaper can wear on the bottoms of their feet. That's why using the smaller grade is important. There is an article on the pet dove web site listed in this topic about sandpaper but it doesn't say the sandpaper is poisonous but rather it is not easily digestible.

I stopped using the sandpaper because you can't control how much filing is done to the nails. A quick file with an emery board every now and then is all that is needed.
Message: Posted by: zaubern (Sep 18, 2003 01:45AM)
Yes, using sandpaper on the perches is good, it is easier to replace than buying some of the perches pre made.
Message: Posted by: JustinDavid (Sep 18, 2003 08:00PM)
I bought "Hartz Sanded Perch Covers".. from the pet store around here in NJ.. 1.99 for 6.. I still have my first two on her two perches and I've had them for about a week and a half.. look into it if you can..

Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Feb 18, 2005 11:16PM)
I do not recommend clipping white dove nails unless you have spare birds. This is unique to the albino whites but they tend to be free bleeders. You can stop the bleeding with alum but why create the problems at all? I don't think I have had to clip a white dove nail in the last twenty years except for cage injuries. (Yes, I do ruin some silks. But I get paid to do that. The rope I cut up is really cut up too!)

Colored doves are different.

Magic By Sander
Message: Posted by: EvanMagic (Feb 19, 2005 02:00PM)
Heres an idea I found interesting,

Some guy thought of taking a routering tool and turning it into a smoother/ filer for animals. My rabbit has very sensitive nails and almost fell asleep from it, it leaves a nice smooth finish after, not sure where to buy it though.
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Feb 19, 2005 04:35PM)
Be careful of heat buildup with a rotary tool.

Magic By Sander
Message: Posted by: EvanMagic (Feb 19, 2005 06:56PM)
The tool used on the rotary was something special, that is meant not to heat up to a high temperature to hurt the animal, not sure what it is called.