tip of beak seams to be separating

by Tom
(hayward Ca.)

my macaw's beak at the tip is sensitive when i looked at it it looks like a thin layer is separating from the underside. can i trim the beak or should i leave it alone? I thought the tip was like a finger nail and not sesitive. it does slow his eating down but he still eats just ok

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Aug 21, 2009
Tip of bird beak very sensitive
by: The Vet

Oh no, the tip is very sensitive, as sensitive as your finger tips. It is also very painful when it is broken. It will cause them to not eat for a couple of days. His problem needs to be examined by an avian veterinarian who can repair the beak.

Dr B

Aug 20, 2009
Beak Trim
by: Linda

You must NEVER, EVER try and trim a bird's beak as not only is it sensitive, but they can bleed out from the beak if cut into the quick. You must take your bird to an Avian vet and have this tip clipped off his beak.

Anytime you see either the toenails or beak with very sharp points on them, it is time to take your bird in to an Avian vet in your area for a trim.

We take our Amazons in every 3-4 months, and they have their nails and beaks trimmed.

Please don't try and clip the beak yourself as it is possible for it to start bleeding and not stop. Also, please take your bird into the vet as soon as you can. If this damaged tip breaks off, your bird could bleed out. In the meantime, he is suffering and losing nutrition because of this condition.


Aug 19, 2009
Safety perch in wrong position
by: Tracie

Only a vet should trim a bird's beak, because the bird can bleed to death and also there is often a reason the bird's beak is too long. Sometimes it is a sign of a disease or poor nutrition.

Hopefully Dr B will answer your question within a couple of days, but I wanted to mention that I noticed in your picture that the Sweet Feet and Beak safety perch is in the wrong position.

The perch should be positioned so that the smooth part is where the pad of the foot will rest and the rough part is where the nails will rest.

Dr B is both an avian vet and also an instructor at a university, so sometimes it takes a couple of days for him to answer.

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