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#284067 - 04/25/08 08:53 AM Parakeet beak overgrown
rgallatin Offline
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I have a 7 year old parakeet whose beak has suddenly (over the past few weeks) grown so long it looks deformed. He has cuttlebone and other chewys available. He still seems to be eating ok. Is there anything I can do other than taking him to a vet? I have located a vet about 30 minutes away, but hesitate to catch him by hand and transport him that far in the car.


Edited by rgallatin (04/25/08 11:47 AM)

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#284085 - 04/25/08 11:52 AM Re: Parakeet beak overgrown [Re: rgallatin]
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It is my understanding that on occasion the keets beaks need to be trimed. I would say this is a vet issue - at least to find out what the situation is. If it needs to be trimmed I am sure the vet will show you what needs to be done. It would be well worth a vet visit in any case.

Do you have a small carrier of some kind to put him in. Even a small cardboard box (shoe box) would work for the trip to the vet.
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#284086 - 04/25/08 12:03 PM Re: Parakeet beak overgrown [Re: BLR]
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You will definitely want to get it trimmed. If you don't get it done, and it keeps growing, it risks breaking and causing major damage... the second problem is that it can grow into his body amd make it so he can't eat (it looks like there are 3). There are a few things my vet has told me that cause a parakeet to overgrow a beak when they are older. One can be a vitamin deficiency and the other can be caused by the kidneys. I had a parakeet that had a chronically overgrown beak when he was older and we merely would take him in to get it trimmed. We had a bird shop near us that would take care of it, but in this case, I would say that you should have the vet show you how.

Here is a picture of Bill with his overgrown beak:
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#284097 - 04/25/08 12:24 PM Re: Parakeet beak overgrown [Re: BLR]
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I have had several parakeets over 20 years time and none have ever had a beak problem until now. I plan to put him in a very small cage and cover it. This bird will get on my finger only when necessary (if for example, he flies into another room and is frightened) and has never been handled otherwise. I know he won't die of fright from being cornered and caught but I still hesitate to do this. On the other hand, I can't fix it so I guess the trip is necessary. Thank you for your help!

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#284099 - 04/25/08 12:34 PM Re: Parakeet beak overgrown [Re: Four Keets]
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My bird's beak is longer and thinner than Bill's which makes me wonder if it was growing too long for longer than I realized. Even now the long curved lower part is rarely visible as it is hidden in his feathers. I have never taken any of my birds (4) to a vet, but I must defend that with the fact that they have all always been perfectly healthy. Now that I need to do so, I find that I wish I had tamed them better. My main concern is for the bird, but it would seem that handling him from big cage (with 3 others), to carrying cage, to car, even on a 30 minute trip in the car, is essential. Thank you for your help and pictures.

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#284112 - 04/25/08 01:06 PM Re: Parakeet beak overgrown [Re: rgallatin]
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Originally Posted By: rgallatin
My bird's beak is longer and thinner than Bill's which makes me wonder if it was growing too long for longer than I realized. Even now the long curved lower part is rarely visible as it is hidden in his feathers. I have never taken any of my birds (4) to a vet, but I must defend that with the fact that they have all always been perfectly healthy. Now that I need to do so, I find that I wish I had tamed them better. My main concern is for the bird, but it would seem that handling him from big cage (with 3 others), to carrying cage, to car, even on a 30 minute trip in the car, is essential. Thank you for your help and pictures.
sometimes birds are sick and they don't show or is hard to tell it in case you didn't know that.

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#284144 - 04/25/08 02:28 PM Re: Parakeet beak overgrown [Re: rgallatin]
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This problem has taught me some valuable lessons about my birds. One of these is that chains like PetsMart in my area have vets ready to trim parakeet beaks at any time. Many thanks to everyone who responded.

rgallatin

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#284156 - 04/25/08 03:27 PM Re: Parakeet beak overgrown [Re: rgallatin]
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That's fantastic and they should do it for a minimal charge. Our store charges $5 for the beak trim.
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