Small/deformed claws?

by Melissa
(NY)

One of my quaker parrots seems to have very small, stunted claws compared to my other one, and she seems to be missing one or two altogether on her back toe. Is there something wrong with her? Or is this somehow linked to egg-laying, since she just had a clutch?

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May 20, 2009
claws
by: Melissa

This wasn't an issue until recently because when we first got her, her claws were normal. I can't say exactly when this whole thing started because I've been away in college, but from what I gather from my mom it came about around the time of the egg laying business.

As for bedding, I'm using Carefresh.

May 17, 2009
small/deformed claws
by: The Vet

This could be normal for your bird. Did you not notice this before the nesting? Occasionally parrots will be missing nails, maybe due to genetics, improper incubation, congenital deformity, or trauma. If this was a sudden onset of a problem, then it may be trauma from mate aggression or self trauma. It can also be caused by constricted toe syndrome, usually related to too little humidity. What are you using for nesting material. Hardwood chips and aspen are the best two.

Dr B

May 16, 2009
small/deformed claws
by: Anonymous

did she have normal claws before or did you just get her with her claws like that? i think you need to take her to the vet. Her condition has nothing to do with egg-laying.You need to rule out disease before it spreads to her other toes.

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