Cockatiel beak rapidly growing

by Dave
(Lovell, WY, USA)

We have 4 Cockatiel 3 females and 1 male we have had them all for about 3 to 7 years my one females beak wont stop growing in the past couple of months we have trimed it and trimed it and within a week or so it grows out to where it almost touches her neck what is going on with her none of the other birds beaks grow like this

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Sep 23, 2018
Rapid Beak Growth
by: MB

My cockatiel who was around 12 years old had the same rapid beak growth which required trimming every 2 months otherwise it would grow into her neck. It started happening when we noticed the other birds were picking on her and feathers on the crown were absent. I think it is a metabolic disease and the flock was trying to eradicate the bird, so we moved her to another cage and she rehabilitated for 6 months but the beak kept growing. Recently I went to trim her once more and due to the fear she experienced from handling, the bird suffered a heart attack and died. It seems to me that it is metabolic since all other signs were showing good health, singing, eating, drinking, movement...the only other factor was possibly eating more than normal but she was not overweight and looked beautiful when she passed away. Definitely something that I doubt even an expensive avian vet could get a handle on and cure. Store bought food may have too many chemicals or junk which could possibly contribute to such a strange illness in an otherwise healthy bird.

Jun 16, 2015
My cockteil is 23yrs
by: Anonymous

Only recently his beak is growing rapidly he is on proper cockteil food,had him to the vets recently to have it clipped they said he looks extremly healthy,but unsure about the growth

Dec 14, 2011
growing beak
by: I. Fisher

my cockatiel is almost 20yrs old and over the last 12 months his beak keeps growing, we trim it about every 4 to 5 weeks but don't know why this is happening

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May 09, 2011
Cockatiel beak too long
by: The Avian Vet

This could be a nutritional problem, if your birds are on seed diets. It could also be caused by liver disease. You need to be feeding pellets like Harrison's, and your birds need to see an avian veterinarian.

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May 09, 2011
Rapid beak growth
by: Tracie

Dr B will answer this eventually, but it is likely fatty liver disease. Are you feeding your birds a healthy pellet diet, like Harrison's and only 20% healthy treats? Seed diets and feeding food from your table will cause serious health issues.

I had this issue with my first parrot, because I didn't even know about healthy pellets. I only knew about seeds and cheap colored, sugary pellets sold at pet stores. Then a pet store employee suggested I add a medicine and "health booster" to the water and my bird died from being over medicated and too much vitamins. :-(

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