cockatiel beak crusty

I feed my cockatiel toast of a morning ever since i picked him up from the breeder because that is what I was told to do. Anyway I have started to notice flaking bits next to his beak which to me looks like dried up toast but when i go to clean it off it never comes off,

Im just curious if it is dried up toast or he is flaking or its a growth or something. All so when i got him his beak was a plain but now it is turning a dark brown starting from the tip and he has one streak down the middle of his beak. just curious if these are some things that I should start to worry about.

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Apr 16, 2011
Beak questions
by: The Avian Vet

This sounds like normal beak growth and normal beak coloration. But you need to have an avian veterinarian examine your bird to be sure. Toast is a good treat, but it is not a diet. You need to feed your bird a good pellet like Harrison's and it needs to be 80% of the diet.

Dr B

Apr 13, 2011
cockatiel beak crusty
by: Linda

Frankly, I cannot imagine WHY a breeder or anyone else would suggest you feed a parrot dry toast every a morning? Cockatiels and all parrots need to be eating a high quality organic pelleted diet morning and evening along with suggested organic veggies. Harrison's is a very good one and can be found here.

Since you did not say what you are feeding your bird, I will assume you are feeding seeds which is very poor, low quality food for a growing bird or an older bird for that matter. As for the toast, there is nothing there of any nutritional value and it is not doing your bird any good whatsoever.

You need to take your bird to an Avian Vet in your driving area because what you describe is very far from normal and indicates there is something very wrong with bird. All new birds need to be checked out by an Avian Vet within the first few days to a week of having them. Some breeders give health certificates when they sell birds, and it sounds like this one did not.

So, take him to Avian Vet before this gets any worse, and here is information on how to change birds from seeds to organic pelleted diet written by an Avian Vet:

Switching Birds to Pellets article

Thanks for writing,

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