Beak growth

Conure's beak is growing at an alarming rate since we got Polly...won't use the beak buffer or the cuttle ...affects her eating...what do we do?

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May 05, 2012
Beak trim
by: Anonymous

I need to take my lovebird on a regular basis now to the avian vet for a beak trim. She is 7 yrs old and due to age or fatty liver, vet says it grows back.

May 05, 2012
Beak growth
by: Linda

The only thing you can do at this point is to take her to an AVIAN VET ONLY and have them trim the beak back some. Do not do this yourself because bird's can bleed out from the beak if it is done incorrectly. Do not take bird to a pet store either because they do not know how to trim beaks safely either. Also, while at the Avian Vet, have some bloodwork done to see how organs are functioning as overgrowth of beak can point to a liver problem.Have a throat swab done to check for bacterial infection as this is common with new birds.

Give your bird safe wooden toys to chew on. Make sure the toys are for your size bird. Birds like to chew on wooden toys, so get one or two for her. Also, a healthy diet of organic pellets like Harrison's sold here will help keep the beak honed down some. Cuttlebone is too soft to do anything except make mess, and if you are feeding a high quality organic pelleted diet, it is 100% complete without the need for vitamin/mineral supplements. If you are feeding all seed diet, your bird will die from this poor nutrition. Below is link on how to go about changing birds from seeds to pellets written by an Avian Vet:

Switching Birds To Pellets article

Get your bird to an Avian Vet to get started on getting the beak back in shape as this will make eating difficult and you bird will die from lack of nutrition.

Thanks for writing,

May 05, 2012
Abnormal beak growth
by: Tracie

When a bird's beak is "growing at an alarming rate" then it is a health issue. Dr B can not help without examining your bird and running tests.

Our first bird died of fatty liver disease because we fed him an all seed diet with some veggies from our table for treats. Then some person at a pet store said we needed to add vitamins to the water and that caused kidney failure. :-( (This was before I knew I could look stuff up on the Internet.)

Please Find an Avian Vet for your bird so it can be examined to determine what is wrong and what the potential treatment might be. The avian vet can trim the beak safely and then help your bird get better.

After your bird has been seen by an avian vet, please read our Switching Birds To Pellets article and get your bird on high quality pellets like Harrison's or Roudybush pellets. Avoid like the plague those colored pellets and cheap pellets that are full of chemicals and often sugar. These just cause more health problems.

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