Beak problems in a Cockatiel
by Angela Wright
We have owned a grey cockatiel for about 8 years and his beak has alway been abnormal in that the lower beak grows up over his upper beak. He manages to sort this problem out himself and manages to break one side and then the other. Unfortunately he will not let you handle him.
Recently I have noticed that it is now his upper beak that is giving a problem. It seems to me to have enlarged and he has trouble eating food apart from soft toast and his seed. Trying to look at his beak it would appear to be growing in. Last night it appeared to be rather sensitive as he was going down his cage to the bottom to feed.
He is about 18 years old and was acquired by us from someone who no longer wanted him.
Any advice you can give would be appreciated.