Jardine's Parrot beak growth.

by Charles H Nye
(Las Vegas, NV USA)

Is there something I can do or give my Jardine's Parrot to help with the growth of his lower beak. I have to either get it trimmed or trim it myself at least once every 3 months. He hates it and so do I. Will they use a cuddle bone, some sort of abrasive device or anything in their cage to keep it from growing as it does?

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Feb 20, 2010
Jardine's Parrot beak growth.
by: Linda

It's odd that it is only his lower beak that is growing too fast. Our Amazons go in every few months for toenail and beak clipping, and vet usually clips just the top part as it is the part that grows the sharp point. I RECOMMEND THAT YOU DO NOT TRIM BEAK AT HOME BECAUSE THIS IS AN AREA WHERE BIRD CAN BLEED OUT IF BLEEDING STARTS.

Take your bird to the Avian Vet to find out if this has a physical base, and have a few blood tests done as well as have him checked for infection. The bottom part of the beak should not be growing out so much as it is usually the tip of the top part that needs trimming. As for things to help with the overgrowth, you can put some things in there like mineral blocks and cuttle bone, but those usually are to help control the points that form on top portion of beak, and ultimately, the sharp points have to be taken off. As I said, I recommend you take your bird in for an exam and for any beak clipping because this is dangerous to do at home, and we don't recommend it for anyone to do at home.

I ended up in an emergency room some years ago with an Amazon who had flown into the corner of a table and broken the point off her beak. I could not get it to stop bleeding, so we jumped in car to hospital. By the time we arrived, it was starting to coagulate, and they cauterized it to make sure it did not start up again. Niki was worn out from blood loss and trauma, so take bird into vet and find out what could be wrong.

Also diet plays a crucial role in a bird's overall health, so hopefully yours is eating an organic, high quality pelleted diet and not all seeds.

Let us know what vet has to say about this, because I feel there may be a physical base as to why this is happening with the bottom part of the beak.

Linda

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