Sudden Beak Growth

by Joe Kiszka
(Fayetteville, W.Va.)

I have a Love Bird that had a portion of it's lower beak suddenly start growing. The part was between the back of the beak and the tip. An area about 3/16" wide was protruding up past the upper beak. It tapered and curved toward the face as it went up. When I clipped it the material crumbled instead of cutting clean. I was able to clip it back to the normal position without any distress to the bird other than me handling it.

This is not a pet but a breeder and it was upset because I held it so long. After learning it couldn't hurt the nail file I was able to file it smooth. This was not a growth on the beak but a small portion of the beak that grows upward very fast.

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Jul 31, 2010
Sudden Beak Growth
by: The Avian Vet

What is the question?
This is something that needs to be looked at by an avian veterinarian. IT could be a fungal infection, or a nutritional deficiency, or maybe something else.

Dr B

Jul 30, 2010
Sudden Beak Growth
by: Linda

You may wish to take bird to an Avian Vet to be examined. Have some basic bloodwork done to see how the kidneys, liver, thyroid and parathyroid are functioning. Beak abnormalities are not all that uncommon, and you need to pull this one from a breeding program in case this is an inherited trait. Sometimes there are recessive traits that do not show in all the birds, but will show in some as time goes on. These recessive traits are blindly passed on when two birds who have been bred together have the same recessive traits in common.

It can also be a dietary problem, and the birds need to be eating mainly organic pelleted diet with a few organic fruits and veggies given in small amounts a few times a week.Tracie carries a variety of the organics here, and click on the link for Organic Pellets/Mixes to the left to read about them.

Here is a link on how to change birds from seeds to pellets, and it was written by an Avian Vet:
Switching Birds to Pellets article

Thanks for writing,

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