parakeet beak starts growing

by Lorian
(Port Richey, FL)

This is my second parakeet, that at age 7 his beak started growing longer. Bird has been in the same cage and place since he was 1 and everything was fine.

now it grows to the point it is like a curved needle. I was afraid he would stab himself in the chest..and of course he couldnt eat.

We took him and had it trimmed less than 2 weeks ago. He didnt eat for almost 10 days.

Now has started eating again, but we have noticed his beak is starting to get long again.

I'm afraid that if i take him to have it trimmed again, and he stops eating that it will not be good.

What can I do? He used to use the sandpaper perch (loved it) and the cuttle bone, but rarely uses eithier now to trim beak.


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Jan 31, 2011
Avian vet not available
by: Susie

I can't imagine that in our part of Mexico there is an avian vet. My female parakeet is much older than 6 years, lost all her breast feathers about 2 years ago, and now I just noticed has a very long and curved beak. Is there anything I can do to help her, not being an avian vet?

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Oct 03, 2009
My parakeet
by: Anonymous

My 6 year old parakeet passed away last Friday. Her beak had gone into an overdrive growth mode last January. We had to have it trimmed every 6-8 weeks. We did take her to a vet, who stated the current thinking on this fast growth was the result of liver issues, with exact causes unknown. He was very frank--he was reluctant to do blood work, citing the cost of the parakeet. But would relent if I pushed the issue. She was fine in all other respects until 1/2 hour before her death. It was all quite sudden. Interestingly, 3-4 days prior, she became hypersocial.

Sep 26, 2009
Beak trimming
by: Linda

Our Amazons have to go in every 4-5 months to have their toenails and beaks trimmed. Because we keep up with the grooming, there is never a times when their beaks are sore or when they won't eat. They eat Harrison's pellets and NO seeds, and also have many wooden toys to chew on. So it is not just a matter of having things in cage, they need regular trips to vet to have their grooming needs met.

In your case, I agree with Tracie that there is something else wrong here for the beak to be growing out so fast. I agree that you need to take your bird to an Avian Vet in your driving area to have him checked out and a little blood work done. In future, keep in mind that beaks and toenails grow just like our fingernails and toenails grow, so trimming is a necessary part of keeping your bird healthy. To allow a bird's beak to grow until it is curling under is called neglect, so please take care of your birds.

Let us know what the Avian vet says, and ONLY take your bird to an Avian vet as the regular dog and cat vets are not even licensed to care for your bird much less trim its beak.


Sep 26, 2009
Beak growing often = illness
by: Tracie

Dr B can not help, since he can not examine your bird and run any tests. He suggests that you take your bird to an avian vet for a checkup. A fast growing beak is a sign of illness.

If your bird is not on a healthy pellet diet, like Harrison's, then the bird could have fatty liver disease. Too many seeds will often cause this disease.

Also, it sounds like whoever trimmed the beak trimmed too much. Their beak is very sensitive and will bleed if trimmed too much. It sounds like your bird's beak was trimmed too much and it hurt really bad, that is why it didn't eat much. Only an avian vet should be trimming your bird's beak.

Please take your bird to a vet and let us know how he is doing.

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