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Brisch 04-08-2013 07:53 PM

Conure beak build up
 
I have a 10 month old cinnamon green cheek conure (honey)
and a 5 year old black capped conure (conrad).
both seem to have this extra layer of beak on top of the regular beak.
the tip of the beak is nice and sharp, but then it looks like its cracked off
and is very thick at the top. These birds are on pellets, millet, and fresh
fruit. they have wood toys, cement perches, calcium perches, calcium
block, wood perches. What do you think this is and how can I fix it?
should I invest in a beak dremel tool? I have attached a picture of each.
http://i72.servimg.com/u/f72/15/16/67/04/dscn3610.jpg
http://i72.servimg.com/u/f72/15/16/67/04/dscn3611.jpg

weco 04-08-2013 08:11 PM

Re: Conure beak build up
 
It's nothing to worry about, it is the way beaks beaks re-grow.....much the same way as our skin does.....what you're seeing, is the wearing away of the top layer...when you see your birds rubbing their beaks along their perches or cage bars, they're manicuring their beak, slowly working away the top layer.....

Brisch 04-08-2013 08:13 PM

Re: Conure beak build up
 
Ok, I was a little worried maybe it was something in the cage or fighting. thank you for that info

Echo 04-08-2013 08:26 PM

Re: Conure beak build up
 
Totally normal.

Featheredsamurai 04-08-2013 08:47 PM

Re: Conure beak build up
 
Yup, it's normal :)

Do you feed veggies with those fruits?

Brisch 04-09-2013 12:30 AM

Re: Conure beak build up
 
they eat a lot of chillis, carrots and seem to love salsa. if it isnt red or orange they will not touch it.

Featheredsamurai 04-09-2013 12:49 AM

Re: Conure beak build up
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Brisch (Post 253274)
they eat a lot of chillis, carrots and seem to love salsa. if it isnt red or orange they will not touch it.

cooked sweet potatoes
Various orange and yellow squashe
Persimmon
Red swiss chard
Pumpkin

Check out a chop mix, that's a great way to include meaty greens into their diet. Google "bird tricks chop mix"

sainraja 04-23-2013 02:43 PM

Re: Conure beak build up
 
Sorry for hijacking the thread but I have a Pineapple Green Cheek Conure who broke his beak. I am not certain as to how but my guess is he was flying and hit the door. I found him bleeding and immediately called and took him to the vet.

Here are pictures:
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/oay0pkovpyca7tg/yXWSXGbfCf

Can you tell by those pictures whether his beak will grow back? The vet. said chances are that it will but she wasn't 100% sure.

He's doing good now. He's playing around, whistling etc and eating. I will have to feed him soft/soaked pellets and feed him through a syringe for now.

patch 04-23-2013 09:33 PM

Re: Conure beak build up
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by sainraja (Post 257999)
Sorry for hijacking the thread but I have a Pineapple Green Cheek Conure who broke his beak. I am not certain as to how but my guess is he was flying and hit the door. I found him bleeding and immediately called and took him to the vet.

Here are pictures:
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/oay0pkovpyca7tg/yXWSXGbfCf

Can you tell by those pictures whether his beak will grow back? The vet. said chances are that it will but she wasn't 100% sure.

He's doing good now. He's playing around, whistling etc and eating. I will have to feed him soft/soaked pellets and feed him through a syringe for now.

There are lots of stories of beaks growing back just fine after accidents and other things. I'm sure your little guy will learn to live while it grows back. If I were you, I would have him see the vet a few times during the growth process to make sure it's all going well. Sometimes vets have to help shape broken beaks so they grow correctly. I know you're probably really upset and feeling bad about it, but don't worry because there have been beaks in far worse conditions that have been changed into beautiful beaks through love and care.

Parrotdise 04-24-2013 01:32 AM

Re: Conure beak build up
 
My Amazons beak does that. Beaks kind of go through stages where they look peel-ly if thats a word. It kind of depends on the bird and the playing style and habits. Sam my red bellied loves to keep his beak trim, he rubs all over stand perches. I do get my birds beaks groomed by the vet once a year. You could use a file on the beak, but i think the dremel is a little risky unless you are used to grooming. Some birds like to stick their tongue out which is why i save the dremel the vet.


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