My parakeet's beak has grown long and deformed, what could this be?
By Jesse's girl
I am not sure of the cause, but I would have the beak trimmed by a vet that is experienced with avian patients. Do not attempt to do this yourself, as this could so injure the bird that it would not be able to eat. Also, I would put some wood toys in the cage to pick at and a mirror, etc.
Normally, in birds, a bird's beak will get severely overgrown if it has a liver problem, which is caused by an all-seed diet. All breeds of birds need a variety of foods, just like humans do. Please take your bird to a certified avian vet, he can trim the beak, (if you are not experienced in beak trimming, please do not attempt to do this yourself, you could hit a blood vessel, and the bird could bleed to death in a very short time.) Avian vets know exactly how much to trim.
The bird in this picture has a severely overgrown beak, (I know that it is hard to see, but look closely, and notice how the bottom beak comes way up high beside the top beak), due to improper diet for a long time. The beak is called scissor-beak, due to the way it overlaps. This bird's problem is chronic, and will never get any better. It could have been avoided if the owner had just known what to feed the bird.
Bird pellets are recommended for 80% of the bird's diet, fresh vegetables and a little bit of fruit for the rest of the diet.
Good luck with your bird. :-)
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