Linville has a job that's for the birds

Published: Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at 01:00 AM.

He recommends that birds be groomed about once every three months.

“When a parrot’s claws get too sharp, it’s very uncomfortable to handle,” Linville said. “When that happens, there is really no way of handling a bird, so I encourage folks to get them groomed.”

Linville will work on a bird’s beak as well as feathers.

“When it comes to the beak, most of that is cosmetic for me except for taking off the tip of it, so if they do bite, it’s not going to be as bad,” he said. “Sometimes people are afraid their parrot or bird is going to fly away, and it’s very possible. If they get a very minimum of flight feathers, they could fly away and they could never see their pet again.”

He said birds can be unfamiliar pets, but with proper care and grooming, they can be just like one of the family.

“We know all about cats and dogs, but we all need a refresher course on how to coexist with our parrots,” Linville said. “As far as the claws go, it’s very important if you want to handle your bird, to keep those trimmed down.”

One of his favorite birds to groom is the African parrot. Briggs has one named Chewy.

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