blue crown may need beak trim - concerned

I got a blue crown about two weeks ago. I know beaks come in all sizes, but I'm concerned about his. The tip is very thin. There is about 1/2 inch on the tip that is about the size of a pencil lead at its largest. Other than this, beak seems normal.

I'm afraid he's going to break this thin part off into the quick. Could it be snipped about 1/8 inch with nailclippers to try to get back to the harder part? He has a large cuttle bone, a cuttle bone perch, a toy with almonds and walnuts to encourage foraging, etc trying to get him to groom his own beak. Any advice? And thanks.

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Jan 26, 2012
Natural beak or unnatural beak, that is the question.
by: Anonymous

I have a blue crown with the same beak. I took her to the Avian vet and requested that they trim her beak. He told me that this was Delanei's natural beak and that he would not suggest that I trim it. I keep a lot of chewing toys in her cage as well but the beak remains the same.

She is healthy, eats well, and looks beautiful. I would suggest you have your Avian vet just take a peak and get their opinion.

Aug 20, 2009
by: Linda

Hi, and thanks for writing.Yes, the bird's beak needs trimming and NO YOU CANNOT DO IT. Please take the bird into an Avian Vet in your area and have bird's beak trimmed. If the toenails are also overgrown have vet trim those too. We take our Amazons in every 3-5 months for nail and beak trimming.

Points on beaks indicate a trip to the Avian vet for a trim.Also keep one of the "Quick Stop" products around at all times in case you need to use it on a broken toe nail or damaged beak. You can find this at pet stores or maybe even at your vet's office. It is a styptic product which comes in powder form or pads with the liquid product on them. If ever you have an accidental bleed, put the styptic product on area, apply pressure for at least 10 seconds.For the toe nails, hold foot up so blood goes back downhill and apply the Quick Stop and pressure with your finger for 10 seconds at least. For the beak, do not hold bird's head way back as blood may find its way down bird's throat and choke it. Just wrap bird in a towel to stop movement, put head back just a little, apply the quick stop and hold for the 10 seconds.Get bird to vet as an emergency if the bleeding does not stop--I mean, get in the car with bird in a travel cage or carrier and fly to the nearest vet as birds bleed out very quickly due to their small size.

Toys made from cotton rope and wooden pieces with holes drilled in them so they string on the rope are good. Chewing on soft and hard woods help keep the beaks in condition, and they will still need trimming every 3-5 months at the vet.We cut blocks out of bird safe wood, drill 3/8" holes and paint with non-toxic childrens Crayola Washable Paints. Then we string pieces onto 100% cotton uncolored 1/4" rope. You put knots inbetween all the toy pieces. A toy base can be made from various wood pieces or half coconut shells with 3/8" holes drilled in them. You can hang using quick links the rope will fit through so you can tie a knot and hang with the quick link. It's fun and the whole family can get involved in making toys for the birds. Do the painting in another room as it does have a slight smell, and I prefer painting away from the birds. It is non-toxic and will run some when toys are washed. This is okay as paint has stained the rough wood already, and the running will color the rope some. ALWAYS USE PLAIN WOOD FOR YOUR PIECES THAT HAVE NO FINISHES WHATSOEVER ON THEM. PLAIN, ROUGH, SANDED WOOD IS WHAT YOU WANT WITH NO VARNISHES OR OTHER TREATMENTS. Walnut, Birch, Manzanita and even kiln dried pine--not plywood, just actual solid pine pieces that have not been treated or varnished work great. Pine is not normally considered safe for birds, and the kiln dried wood is free of any pine tar and is quite safe for bird.

Congratulation on your new family member, and I wish you many happy years with him/her.


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