overgrown beak

by Lois Arthur
(Hexham, Northumberland, United Kingdom)

Overgrown beak is hard to see on the photo but it's quite prominent up close.

Overgrown beak is hard to see on the photo but it's quite prominent up close.

My cockatiel's beak has become really wide and overgrown, mainly at the bottom. He has sticks and rough texture perches but they don't seem to help. Is their any way of filing this down for him or will he need a vet's attention?

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Feb 02, 2012
Bird with overgrown lower beak
by: The Avian Vet

Your bird needs to see an avian veterinarian. Find an Avian Vet

This could be a nutritional problem or an organ failure issue. You should be feeding a pellet diet, 80% pellets like Harrison's or Roudybush, and 20% treats.

Dr. B
Switching Birds To Pellets article

Feb 01, 2012
Thank you
by: Lois

Thanks for your feedback Linda. My mam was on about sanding it down with sandpaper so it's a good job I stopped her. I'll get him to an Avian Vets asap.

Jan 30, 2012
overgrown beak
by: Linda

You have to take him to an Avian Vet ONLY to have this taken care of. Overgrown beaks are very dangerous as they cause problems eating, climbing and playing.If the sharp end breaks off, they can also bleed out and die.

Have beak examined by an Avian Vet and they will start the trimming process to see if they can help with this.

You cannot do anything at home because birds easily bleed out and die unless their beaks are taken care of by an Avian Vet who knows what they are doing.

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Linda

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