Rosella has lost upper beak in a bird-attack.

by Julie
(South Africa)

Please could you advise me whether it is "in my golden mantle's best interests" to provide her with a prosthetic beak after she has been attacked and has no upper beak at all left. I have been tube feeding her and she is having antibiotics at the moment. I need to know whether a prosthetic beak will cause her pain and discomfort. I don't want to put her through that but selfishly I adore this bird. She is very tame and precious to me. Thank you in advance for your input.

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Nov 30, 2014
Lola Mae African Grey
by: Wanda

My Lola is seven years. She lost her upper beak on Thanksgiving day. I brought her home from the hospital on Saturday. She'll eat plenty of formula for me but not much else. I desparately want to try a prosthetic beak but need names of Drs. That do this. We're in Virginia.

Jan 20, 2010
wish her well
by: Majid

im very sorry to hear about yout bird.. yesterday my quaker parrot lost his upper beak too due to a fight with my african grey and i know how heart breakin it can be.. i called the vet today and told her how i found the broken/missing part of the beak and wether theyd be able to reattach it and she said due to the amount force they put on the beak when crushin the food it wouldnt stay on for too long and most likely it will break again.. i also read in another site that said sometimes they are able to fix it with acrylic like how the dentists use it.. but in my case were hoping the natural beak would just grow back as soon as possible...hope your bird will heal very fast too.. ill will pray for you and your bird wish you all the best :)

Jan 12, 2010
Rosella prosthetic beak
by: The Avian Vet

I cannot make a recommendation specifically about your bird without seeing the extent of the damage. It is very difficult to get a prosthetic beak to stay on, again depending on the injury. There is a lot of force on a birds beak, and when there is little to nothing to attach the prosthesis to, it will not be stable.

I have applied these to birds successfully, but not all cases are successful. Even if a prosthetic is not possible, many birds adapt and do fine. There are often long-term complications with this type of injury, though. Chronic sinusitis is very common.

Dr B

Jan 11, 2010
Rosella has lost upper beak in a bird-attack
by: Linda

Julie, you'll need to speak with your Avian Vet about all of the pros and cons of a prosthetic device for your bird. Your bird will not be able to have much of a life without at least trying it out, but you'll need to have a full discussion with the surgeon who will perform the surgery first before making an informed decision.

I would assume that it will be different, and there may need to be adjustments made until it is exactly fitted right. Just talk with Avian vet and whoever is going to do the surgery.

Your bird will probably not be able to keep being tube fed for a long, long time without infection starting up. Also talk with them about that.

I am so sorry to hear about this, and hope the cause of the attack has been removed.

Keep us posted on how this goes as this is the first time we've had someone wanting info about a prosthetic mandible, so we are very interested to hear more. Thanks for contacting us, and will keep you and bird in prayers.

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