My 7 yo male Russian, Ludwig, is in need of a beak trim. He can still eat fine, but it is getting long in spite of feeding him on a rough rock and trying to get him to chew on cuttlebone. I've read all of the excellent "how-to's" on here, but I have somewhat unresponsive hands due to RA which would make the job very difficult for me (and him!), so we took him to the vet today to get the job done. Even though it's cold here, it was cozy warm in his thick cardboard carrier with the 40-hour warmer (and the car was warm, too). Anyway, once there, they could NOT get him to stick his head out at all. He was closed up tighter than a box turtle, his head really far in and his front legs finishing off the access. Long story short, no trim today. He stayed like that on the way home, but as soon as he was home he was Mr. Personality again, running around in his enclosure and running up to my hand, all proud that he outwitted the Evil Vet Tech (sorry for the anthropomorphism, LOL). Sigh.....leading a horse to water and getting him to drink would be easier. I'll either have to try it myself when he's relaxed or we'll try the vet again in the spring, with a dandelion to coax him out.