ringneck beak trim?

Do I need to get my ringnecks beak "trimmed" (for the lack of a better word)? If so, when?

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Jan 11, 2010
ringneck beak trim?
by: Linda

You'll need to take your bird to an Avian Vet so they can trim the point off his beak. Our Amazons have their beaks and nails trimmed about every six months, and they eat Harrisions and have wooden toys to play with. Sometimes, they don't chew on their toys as much as some other times, and they get a point on the end of beak that has to be trimmed. If a point breaks off, the bird can bleed to death from the beak, so make an appointment with Avian Vet and have nails and beak done when you can. NEVER TRIM THE BEAK YOURSELF AS IT IS VERY SENSITIVE AND HAS BLOOD PRETTY CLOSE TO THE END MAKING IT DANGEROUS TO DO AT HOME.

As Tracie said, a good, organic high quality pelleted diet will help keep the beak more normal which cuts down on how many times you have to take bird in for a trim. Basically if the beak gets a point on the end that is sharp, it needs to be trimmed. Offer some wooden toys as birds like to chew on wood which will help. DO NOT USE THE SAND, CONCRETE OR PUMICE PERCHES AS THEY ARE DANGEROUS FOR BIRDS. One of our Amazons lost two toes because he liked his pumice perch too much. We spent several hundred dollars trying to find out why their feet were so dry only to FINALLY realize it was the perch. I know they sell them all over the place, and I highly recommend leaving them in the stores.

Thanks for writing,
Linda

Jan 11, 2010
beak trim for bird
by: Tracie

Your bird should not need it's beak trimmed if it is on a healthy diet and has wood toys to chew. Birds that have health problems due to not being on a healthy pellet diet, like Harrison's, will often develop fatty liver disease and will have beaks that grow too long.

Your bird should see an avian vet every year for a check up and vaccine anyway, so maybe now would be a good time to take your bird to the vet.

If you need help finding an avian vet, you can look at our Find an Avian Vet page.

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