Alexandrine beak

by Rebecca

I have an 8 week old alexandrine parakeet. His beak is not turning red. it's a faded colour with patches of black. Is that normal or should I be worried? I am keeping him in a box with a light on him to keep him warm as it is very cold here at the moment.

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Jan 09, 2015
Rebecca's Alexandrine parrakeet in Malta
by: MikeP

I am in Adelaide, South Australia.
What happened to the young Alexandrine with the light coloured beak? I have one which is now 6 months old and we chose to hand raise it from when it was 4 weeks old. There were three in the clutch and the other two are still in the aviary with the parents and have beaks of a normal colour. The hand raised one was fed on Vetafarm's Neocare and now with Vetafarm's Parrot Essential's, a top quality pellet with added almond chips and sultanas. Additionally Fresh grapes, figs, grass seed heads, oranges with peel, capsicum, carrot, broccoli, apple etc.

Feb 20, 2012
Alexandrine beak
by: Linda

He is not ready for weaning until 3 month or 12 weeks, so hopefully you're still handfeeding him high quality baby parrot handfeeding formula. If he is already weaned and eating all seed diet, then he is starving to death which will affect his entire body. We recommend organic pellets, and Harrison's is the best on the market. If you cannot get them into your country from here, then look around for an organic pellet over there. It will take a year for you to start seeing changes for the better as it takes time for bird's body to process the new, higher quality food.

Below is a link to article written by Avian Vet about how to go about the change from seeds to pellets, and it takes time, so do not be in a hurry. Your bird needs to be examined by an Avian Vet before changes because dietary changes are stressful and a sick bird will not do well. Also, you have to rule in or out any physical issues that could be causing the wrong beak color. Your bird is still very young, so get him checked out now and then onto a healthy diet of organic pellets. Organic because they have no preservatives, sugar, dyes or other chemicals harmful to birds. Zupreem and Lafaebers are junk pellets, so feed only organic if you can find them.

Switching Birds To Pellets article

Thanks for writing,

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