Cockatiel Beak Issue

by Debbie
(Atascadero, CA, USA)

You may remember the 15 yr. old cockatiel who had a beak trim recently, and the beak was trimmed too short. The poor thing couldn't adequately eat for quite a few days after that beak trim. This was a month ago to the day...
Well,believe it or not, that same bird has a beak that is quite long and probably should be trimmed again!
First, know that I am actively seeking a proper Avian for the upcoming trim. But I want to make sure the beak doesn't become so overgrown that we're trimming every 4 weeks~ the poor bird will get very stressed out by this!
She is not a young bird, (she's 15!)and has only needed the one prior beak trim.
Any ideas what's going on? I was thinking perhaps we have a very high calcium content in our tap water, so have given her bottled water for the last 2 days.
Comments & of course AVIAN Vet advice would be appreciated. Thank you very much!

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Jun 27, 2013
Update re: Cockatiel
by: Debbie

Have integrated pellets into her diet & have also given minced broccoli and carrots. She refuses fruit...always has. Weird. Am searching for Avian Vet to treat her and want to get her in for a beak trim ASAP. The only Avian vet listed close by has never returned my calls or emails. Sad. Bird seems well adjusted and likes the pellets.

Jun 25, 2013
Beak trim and growth
by: The Avian Vet

Calcium in the water may play a small role, but this is likely caused buy a combination of things. Age may be a factor, especially if there are organ problems associated with aging. The most likely cause is a poor diet. If your bird is not eating pellets, then you should switch him as ASAP. This will guarantee a complete and balanced diet. Your bird should eat 80&% pellets, and 20% treats.

Another possible differential is primary organ disease such as fatty liver. I recommend that you find an avian veterinarian and have some blood work and x-rays done to determine the cause.

Dr B

Jun 24, 2013
Cockatiel Beak Issue
by: Linda

One thing I forgot to address is the tap water. Do not give your bird unfiltered water because most tap water today is full of poisons of various types. Chlorine is poison for a bird, so make sure you have a decent water filtering system in your home. We rent one from Culligan's here in TN, and it is a reverse osmosis type of system with 4 filters and is under the sink in the kitchen. Our birds, dogs and us use this water for drinking and in food preparation because we are near a toxic dump site here and have to filter the water. We rent the system so they take are of all maintenance and changing of filters when needed.

Again, tap water is not high quality regardless of where in the US you live. The bottled water is basically the same water in a nice clean jug. You don't want to give your bird purified water because it has no minerals at all and birds die drinking this kind of water all the time. The other water in the bottles is just local water put into a nice, expensive jug. Get a water filtering system for your home or just the kitchen.

Thanks again for writing,
Linda

Jun 24, 2013
Cockatiel Beak Issue
by: Linda

First of all, you need to be talking to an Avian Vet in person. We have our Amazon's beaks trimmed a couple times a year which is adequate. If your bird's beak is overgrowing because of a health issue, then this will need to be explored with an Avian Vet ONLY. Beak trimming is dangerous for the bird, so make sure you take her to an avian vet only and no pet shops or grooming places who know nothing about birds.

If her diet is not one of organic pellets making up at least 80-85% of diet, she may have physical issues like liver problems. Have Avian Vet do some blood work to see how organs are functioning as 15 is middle-aged for a Cockatiel.

Thanks for writing and let us know what avian vet says when you can,

Linda

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