My Cockatiels Beak...

by Adara
(Eureka, Ca, USA)

I just noticed today that she has a white spot on her beak on the tip. Almost as if her beak is like "peeling"? She grinds her beak on her sandy perch(its organic) all the time. I also recently switched cages so could she be stressed out? Could this be a result of that? She is eating a mainly seed diet but i do plan on switching her to a pellet diet. Her behavior has not changed at all. she eats regularly and plays and climbs around.

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Mar 21, 2011
Cockatiel beak growth
by: The Avian Vet

This appears to be normal beak growth, however, it is likely excessive due to poor nutrition. This needs to be filed (Dremeled) by an experienced avian veterinarian.

Switching Birds to Pellets article

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Mar 20, 2011
by: Anonymous

It could be just the color of the beak uno

Mar 19, 2011
My Cockatiels Beak...
by: Linda

As birds age, their beaks do look like they are peeling because they are growing new beak material. Their beaks are somewhat like our fingernails. The white area may mean she needs a beak trim, though only an Avian Vet can tell you this. More likely is that she is losing color in beak because of her very poor diet.

Here is a link on how to change from seeds to pellets, and we recommend one of the organic pellets we have here for the size of your bird. Before making any changes in diet, you will need to have her examined by a qualified, recommended Avian Vet.

Switching Birds to Pellets article

All seed diets are very poor nutrition and birds are never healthy enough to ward off illness and/or disease. Diet is the most important aspect to healthy skin and feather and an all over healthy, happy bird. Harrison's is a great organic pellet, and there are a few other kinds found here as well.

Thanks for writing,

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