Conure needs beak trimmed

I just wanted to know how much it cost to have a conures beak trimmed?

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Feb 08, 2011
How to switch your bird to pellets
by: Tracie

There are many ways to switch your bird to pellets, I will share my way and attach the link to an article written by Dr B too.

The first thing you have to do, is wait until your bird recognizes the pellets as food. For instance, we had a budgie that was weaned to pellets and didn't know what a seed was. I put seeds in his cage for over a year before he ate a seed. Yes, a whole year!! Of course once he finally ate a seed, he decided they were better than pellets, but he only gets a few at the end of each day as a treat.

We count out 5 pellets to put in a dish with a tiny bit of what the bird is used to eating. (There is another dish that only has what the bird is used to eating in the cage.) This way we can tell when the bird has eaten the pellets.

We also put pellets on our plate and eat our food next to the cage. We eat our food and pretend to eat some pellets too and then put a pellet in their dish. We do this EVERY day. We also will put a couple of pellets on something wet, like an apple bite, depending on what that bird will eat.

Once the bird has eaten pellets a few times in front of us, we KNOW it knows that it is food.

From there we only give pellets to the bird until the afternoon. First thing in the morning they are the hungriest, so they are more likely to eat the pellets. In the afternoon we add the few seeds and treats to the dish. If they barely ate any pellets, then we barely give any treats. If they ate all the pellets, they get the full 20% treats they can have.

Switching Birds to Pellets article

Feb 06, 2011
Conure needs beak trimmed
by: Linda

As Tracie said, you need to have an Avian Vet trim the beak because this cannot be done at home. The beak is a place where the bird can bleed to death if it is clipped by inept people, so DO NOT take bird to a pet store or groomer to have this done. Make an appointment with Avian Vet to have bird checked for infections, bloodwork done to see how organs are functioning and to have beak trimmed. Wooden toys to chew on helps keep the beak honed down as does Harrisons pellets, and sometimes, you'll still have to have it trimmed. I have two Amazons, both healthy, and the female's beak grows very fast, while the male's does not. We take them both in at least twice a year or more to have toenails and beaks trimmed. When the beak gets a sharp point on it, it is time for a beak trim because if bird falls or flies into something and the point is knocked off, the bird can bleed to death. The same is true for toenails. When they get too long and have sharp points on them, they can get caught in various items, be pulled off, and bird can bleed to death, so make sure this grooming is done as needed by an Avian Vet in your driving area.

Thanks for writing,

Feb 05, 2011
Thank you
by: Anonymous

Thank you for your comment,I've been trying to get her on a pellet diet but she dosnt like it, im still trying tho and im always giving her things to chew on.I really dont think she needs her beak trimmed yet but i just worry about her shes my first conure and i love her.

Feb 05, 2011
Beak trimming
by: Tracie

It depends on the avian vet you go to. You need to call the avian vet you want to visit and ask them their fee.

More importantly is, why does the beak need trimming? Often fatty liver disease causes the beak to grow faster than the bird can wear it down. Your bird needs to be checked for this.

If your bird is not eating a healthy pellet diet, like Harrison's, then this may be the problem. Your bird should be eating 80% pellets and only 20% healthy treats.

Another thing you can do, is provide wood toys for your bird to chew so that it wears down it's beak.

Most importantly now though is, Find an Avian Vet to examine your bird and also give it it's yearly vaccine since you can bring disease home with you.

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