Is there anything I can clean my Eclectus's beak with? It Stinks really bad!

I was wondering if there was anything that I could use that was safe to clean my 1yr old Eclectus parrots beak with. It has this garlicy stinky smell to it. Has anyone else had this problem? Should I be concerned? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

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Jan 13, 2012
Eclectus Breeder
by: Leslie

Eclectus have a unique "odor". I find it to be somewhat of a "fruity" smell, that I find pleasant. My daughter says, "he stinks!", but I think she is a little jealous of my 15 year old male, Buster.[she's 21] I find that my eccie babies have the same "fruity" smell, but she doesn't complain about them.
Eccies are voracious eaters, you could say they live to eat, so cleanliness is a must. I wipe messy beaks with water and a paper towel.
A foul odor from any bird's mouth warrants inspection. I wonder if what I smell as fruity and pleasant, my daughter smells as "nasty"?

Eccies are voratious eaters, you could say they live to eat, so cleanliness is a must. I wipe messy beaks with water and a paper towel.

Jun 26, 2011
Eclectus mouth smell is normal- I enjoy the scent
by: Nancy

Both my eclectus have a unique smell that I really love. They came here at different times from different parts of the country. This is natural and a bird vet should know not to alarm you. It is kind of a spicy smell.
do not worry

Oct 15, 2009
Ecelectus Smelly Beak!
by: Anonymous

I have an Ecelectus Male. I took him to the vet because he has a bad smelling beak that reminds me of a dog smell. The vet done all sorts of tests, swab cultures, blood tests & even put him on a special diet. I ended up paying nearly $900.00 to have all my three birds checked out. All results came back negative, accept my Dusky Lory & Sun Conure... They both had strep throats, which was then given KD which is like an antiseptic to clear it up. Other than that, they are all diseas free & funnily enough, my ecelectus had not a problem with the strep at all. I have heard that some Ecelectus do have a unusual smell about them anyway. Vet check would be your best advice, but general KD bought from a vet can help too.

Sep 26, 2009
apple cider vinegar +water
by: dee

my vet has informed me to use 1 TBS of apple cider vinegar to 1 cup water and let them drink that in their water dish-its a natural disinfectant :) I do advise a trip to your avian vet just in case he has a bacterial infection or fungus like my conure does though..I also do a nasal flush with warm saline..hold birdie upseide doen and use a plastic syringe to flush out the holes in his beak-anything trapped in there will come out hope this helps

Jul 30, 2009
Stinky bird beak
by: The Vet

Plain water is the only thing you should put on your birds beak. It may smell because of something he ate, it may be the normal eclectus smell, it could be bad breath caused by infection or disease. You should have him examined by an avian veterinarian.

Dr B
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Jul 28, 2009
Take Bird to Vet
by: Linda

I'm sorry to inform you, but I think what you are smelling is a rotting bone or flesh smell.

Please make an appointment with an Avian vet immediately and have your bird examined to see what is wrong.

Birds with just the usually dirty beaks from eating or playing can be cleaned with plain water. Unless they play in their own poop, their beaks would have no reason to smell bad.

It sounds like an infection may be happening, and if it is in the beak and you delay, your bird will not be able to eat, and you will have to handfeed him using a syringe for the rest of his life.

Plain old dirty beaks can be cleaned with a soft cloth and some tepid to warm water by just wiping them off. If that takes care of the problem, then all is well. If your bird's beak keeps smelling even after a gentle water cleaning, then bird is very, very ill and needs to go to Avian vet soon as you can get him there.


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