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overgrown beak

Postby Pola » Tue Feb 02, 2010 3:51 pm

what should i do if my cockatiel :cockatiel: has an overgrown beak???
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Re: overgrown beak

Postby Michael » Tue Feb 02, 2010 4:08 pm

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Re: overgrown beak

Postby Pola » Tue Feb 02, 2010 4:28 pm

kay thanks
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Re: overgrown beak

Postby Michael » Tue Feb 02, 2010 4:32 pm

If it was nothing more than a tad on the long side, I would file it myself. Just a bit more, perhaps take to a bird store or parrot groomer. But if it is truly overgrown to the point that the parrot is having trouble, then I wouldn't risk anything short of a vet.
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Re: overgrown beak

Postby Pola » Tue Feb 02, 2010 4:37 pm

i would file it myself but he is not very tame and he will get scared really easily, he might file it himself on the cuttlefish bone
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Re: overgrown beak

Postby Michael » Tue Feb 02, 2010 5:08 pm

Despite extensive toys, filing perches, and things I give my parrot, her beak still outgrows its use so I file it about once a week with a file to keep the size. However, an overgrown beak can be skillfully cut and it can be maintained with filing. Don't cut it yourself and don't use a power grinder ever. Never do more than some mild filing with a nail file.
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Re: overgrown beak

Postby Crazy Bird Lady » Tue Feb 02, 2010 10:51 pm

overgrown beaks can also be a symptom of scaly face, and other illnesses. i agree with michael, a vet is the best bet - they can show you how to do this properly yourself - none of my birds have had this problem so thankfully its not something ive had to do as yet.
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