Cockatiel won't eat after beak trim
by Debbie McNair
(Atascadero, CA, USA)
My 15 yr. old female, Pied cockatiel doesn't use her cuttlebone or toys to keep her beak trim, so because it was getting long & poking her we took her to a Vet to have the beak trimmed. The Vet said he was an Avian.
The beak appears to be too short now, as it doesn't have a hook at all. The U part of the bottom looks okay, sans a little scab in that area. When the Vet tech returned her to us after the procedure, she mentioned the bird had cut her tounge.
The bird will drink water, but not much. She will not eat at all. We got all her favorite foods, but she only took a couple of pecks at a crust of bread. I don't think she actually got any in her mouth.
We offered soft strawberries and minced zucchini, but she doesn't want any of those.
I am concerned my bird won't eat. She sits in the same spot on her perch & appears to be sleepy much of the time.
She doesn't whistle as much as before, but it's been only 28 hours since the beak trim.