love bird overgrown beak

by Sue
(Listowel, Ontario, Canada)

beak has grown so long it nearly is touching his neck

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Nov 19, 2012
Love bird overgrown beak
by: D. Singh

I couldn't help but cry when I read this, oh this hurts me so badly. I am thinking how difficult it is for him to eat; poor bird my heart goes out to him. How did this bird's beak grew so long and you've never noticed? That is certainly NEGLECT on your part Sue. Anyway what has been done is done but it can be changed by taking him to an Avian Vet,IMMEDIATELY. Our birds cannot talk to say when they are ill or they can't eat. They are in our care and are also inside of cages; they can't do anything to wear down their beaks like when they are in the wild,do you understand? We are the ones who'll have to check them as often as possible to make sure that nothing is abnormal about them. Please do take him to a vet and have that problem solve then take good care of him in the future. If you do not have money to pay for the vet please let everyone know on this site and I am sure that all of us will help you,I WILL HELP YOU. Take care and God bless the both of you Sue good luck!

Nov 19, 2012
love bird overgrown beak
by: Linda

Well, forgive me my bluntness, but this is called severe neglect. Your bird cannot even eat without a lot of difficulty.It is hurting him as he tries to climb around too. He's in pain and generally miserable, and I cannot understand how you could continue to let this go on without finding an avian vet? Do you think your bird feels nothing? They feel everything you do and much more, so his suffering has been totally uncalled for.

You will need to find an Avian Vet ONLY in your driving area and have them start trimming the beak back. What I mean about trimming it back, is they cannot trim it all at once or bird will bleed out and die. It has to be done in increments until it is very close to normal so this will mean multiple trips to avian vet over the course of a few months. Ask them how often they will be able to do the incremental trimming.

Your other option is to have bird put to sleep because he is in great discomfort and distress and cannot eat properly. To have waited this long to find an Avian Vet is a very bad thing.When we have birds, we also have to have avian vets for when they are sick, injured or need regular grooming of the beak and nails.

Find and take him to only an Avian Vet as dog and cat vets will kill him trying to cut the beak back. Take care of this right away because though your bird can't talk and tell you how miserable he is, he is most assuredly miserable. Please see your bird as a feeling being who needs to go to his own kind of doctor when needed. He's not a toy for your enjoyment as he has his own place in the world. Get him to an avian vet right away so he can stop being in this horrible place he's been put into.


Nov 19, 2012
Lovebird with long beak
by: Tracie

Please use this Find an Avian Vet link to find an avian vet for your bird so it can be examined to determine what is wrong and what the potential treatment might be.

I had a parrotlet that this happened to, and it had fatty liver disease from my feeding it an all seed diet. I didn't know any better, I had not heard of Harrison's pellets and didn't even know there were avian vets.

You need to get your bird to an avian vet for a beak trim and testing. Then you can start converting your bird to a high quality pellet diet like Harrison's or Roudybush pellets.

Please read our Switching Birds To Pellets article that was written by an avian vet for help in getting your bird to eat pellets. Patience is the key, don't expect the bird to just take to them right away.

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