My Conure with an over-grown beak! Please help!

by Justin
(Nevada)

I recently saved & adopted a Pineapple Conure named Charlie, who was neglected for the first 3 yrs of his life. He was left in his cage without any toys, cuttlebones or any form of wooden objects for beaking. In addition he was fed a very poor diet for the majority of his life as well! (Bad bad parents) :-( As a result his beak is a bit overgrown.

I am wondering if anyone can help us? I'm trying to find a way to promote him to beak his cuddle bone and his toys so he can gradually wear down his beak in a healthy, non-aggressive way? We've tried playing with the toys/cuddle bones with him to get the interaction going on. And he's even got some sand perches in his cage.

What else can I do?? Help!!

Sincerely,
Justin

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Jun 02, 2011
My Conure with an over-grown beak! Please help!
by: Linda

An overgrown beak to this degree will take several trips to the Avian Vet so they can trim it. They cannot take too much at first because of the danger of bird bleeding out through the beak. So, at first, they'll take a little, and then probably want to see bird in a week or two so they can do further trimming. Please DO NOT trim your bird's beak at home or allow anyone else to do it either, including a pet store employee because the beak is where birds can bleed out very quickly as the blood flows quickly and without stop.

This overgrown beak will compromise bird's ability to eat and move around cage, so do not delay getting the help you need. When we take in rescues, we also have to have an Avian Vet we know and trust to help us with their slow climb back to health. All rescues are going to cost extra money, so there is no such thing as a free or cheap bird or other pet.

Linda

Jun 02, 2011
Bird with overgrown beak
by: Tracie

First, you need to Find an Avian Vet . If you "can't afford that" then ask if they take payments. Most avian vets take payments.

The avian vet will be able to do the initial beak trim and then run tests to make sure it is not a disease or illness causing the problem.

Otherwise, just provide lots of different kinds of shreddible toys. Even though the paper toys will not trim the beak, it may get the bird in chewing mode and then it will move over to the wood toy and start chewing.

Since the beak is already too long, it really needs to be professionally trimmed first. It is unlikely that the bird will wear down a beak that is overgrown, and if the bird is sick you will want it to get treatment before it is too late.

In case you are having a hard time switching the bird to pellets, here is our Switching Birds to Pellets article.

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