Treating scabs on maxillary beak?

by John Howard
(Renton, WA)

Broken beak

Broken beak

Broken beak


We're currently sitting a male budgie (Sky), a "pet" in a preschool classroom, for the third time. He's got some scabs on his beak. Last time we watched him, it was clear his beak was overgrown (late December 2011) and it has since been broken. What can we do to help with the healing process over the course of the next week and a half?

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Feb 20, 2012
Scabs on beak
by: The Avian Vet

This could be cancer, trauma, or mites. I recommend that you have your bird examined by an avian veterinarian.

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Dr B

Feb 19, 2012
Disease?
by: John Howard

Thanks Tracie. Cn you give a better indication about the type of disease you suspect the bird might have? I do know for a fact that the beak has been broken. It is hard to get a good photo with the mouth open, but the tip of his maxillary beak is visible and can be seen (not in my photos) right at the end of the growth. His food consumption seems normal and he is in good spirits.

I was suspecting (hoping, really) it was a result of a severe lack of calcium. There had been a cuttlebone, presumable grape flavored, in his cage which I believe was originally given to him in late June which he'd hardly touched. The one we've provided is already getting put to good use.

Feb 19, 2012
Bird possibly has a disease
by: Tracie

There is nothing you can do for this bird. This bird needs an avian vet. If you have any other birds that have been exposed to this bird, they probably need to be seen by an avian vet too.

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