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Dremel Grooming Tool: Bird Term of the Day

Definitions of words used by pet bird enthusiasts with the pet bird slant.

A dremel is used for many different grooming purposes
Many avian groomers use a dremel grooming tool.

Dremel grooming tool: (noun) Named after its creator Albert J. Dremel, this high-speed rotary tool is used for many different things, such as cleaning, drilling, sanding, sharpening, carving, etc. In regard to bird grooming, the Dremel is a high-speed rotary tool with a sandpaper head used to file down a pet bird’s nails. The Dremel is typically used by professional avian groomers on the larger parrots. There are variations of this tool that can now be used at home. A different sandpaper head should be used on different birds so that infectious organisms are not transmitted.

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I was really happy to see this article. I have to use a dremel on my green cheek conure Dixie because her beak was damaged by my then mollucan lory. She lost the whole bottom half of her lower mandible. Now I have to dremmel her beak down every two weeks or so,I even have to dremmel her upper beak as that grows to long because the bottom beak does not line up evenly so the beak does not have anything to line up against it. It is very hard on Dixie as I have tried to find a dremel tool that does not make alot of noise or that doesn't go so fast but to no avail. I even have to dremel my dusky headed conure Gabby as her lower beak keeps getting overgrown. Without this tool I don't know what I'd do for my birds.
Rose, Marstons Mills, MA
Posted: 4/18/2011 11:47:10 AM
I'm not sure if I'd use one or not.
Elaine, Darien, IL
Posted: 8/16/2010 2:19:45 PM
I dremel my GCC's toenails. Seems to be less traumatic for her than clipping them. Either way, she still doesn't like me after I'm done, until she gets her treat for being a good girl!
Marie, LB, CA
Posted: 8/16/2010 11:06:39 AM
That is interesting to know ... I still take mine to Birds & Exotic Pets and have it done ... That is thier DVM's office, and rather pay someone who knows what they are doing ... Remember, blood nails
Frank, Summerville, SC
Posted: 8/15/2010 6:00:30 PM
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