Parakeet has long beak

by Gretchen Springer
(Fredericksburg, VA USA)

I have 2 parakeets in one large cage, eat the same food. One of them is growing a very long beak. It is starting to curl under. What to do? Uses cuddle bone and chews on branch I have in cage. Seems to be healthy other than the growing beak. The tip of it doesn't seem to be quite as hard as the rest of it. What causes this? And what do I do about it?

Comments for Parakeet has long beak

Click here to add your own comments

Feb 26, 2013
Seeds compared to smoking
by: Tracie

Avian vets see 100's of birds a year and know that a seed diet causes fatty liver disease along with numerous other health issues.

I could also say that my uncle has been smoking a few packs of cigarettes a day for 55 years and hasn't died of cancer. That doesn't mean that smoking cigarettes are healthy and we should encourage kids to start smoking. ;-)

I could choose to stop eating vegetables and healthy foods and just eat fatty foods, but my immune system will suffer and I will be subject to disease and health issues. You wouldn't be able to see my arteries plugging up, I will just one day die of a sudden stroke or heart attack likely.

Feb 25, 2013
by: Anonymous

I have had my parakeet for over 10 years. He couldn't be happier or healthier. All he ever ate was a "cheap" seed diet with a millet spray everyday. He is going strong!! I think parakeets are very fragile and if they get sick it is because of their "genes" - not their diet.

Mar 19, 2011
Parakeet has long beak
by: Linda

When the beak becomes overgrown for whatever reason, bird has to have it trimmed by an Avian Vet. You cannot trim the beak because this is where a bird can bleed out if cut to far up, so always take to Avian Vet. I have an Amazon female whose beak grows faster and longer than the male's, and both have to go in for beak trims a few times a year. They eat Harrison's pellets too and chew on wooden toys, so sometimes a trip to the avian vet is the only thing to do. While there, as Tracie suggested, have some bloodwork done to see what kind of condition your bird's organs are in as well as checked for infections.

all seed diets are very unhealthy for birds as are being fed human foods, so get your birds changed over to an organic pelleted diet. I think Tracie gave you a link for that, and if not, write back in, and one of us will.

Thanks for writing,

Mar 19, 2011
Bird with long beak
by: Tracie

Dr B suggests that you take your bird to an avian vet for an exam. This is one of the signs of fatty liver disease.

Are you feeding your bird only seeds? This would cause fatty liver disease. Dr B suggests that "Budgies should have 70% pellets and 30% treats (no more than 10% seeds)."

Make sure your bird is eating healthy pellets, like Harrison's and not colored pellets or cheap pellets with sugar and fillers.

Just in case you are feeding only seeds, here is our Switching Birds to Pellets article.

Click here to add your own comments