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Old 08-24-2013, 02:10 PM
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Overgrown beak....

Does an overgrown beak stem from something in particular? Should I have it trimmed by the vet or let him keep at it on his sand perch?
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Old 08-24-2013, 02:13 PM
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Re: Overgrown beak....

I'll try to post a picture later it says I reached my quota...
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Re: Overgrown beak....

A slightly long beak isn't really bad, but a overgrown beak is usually a sign that health issues are present. You should head over to the avian vet, get their opinion and have it trimmed. Even if the bird is healthy a overgrown beak will be damaged easier if your bird whacks it on something.

Here's a few photos from Google of over grown beaks




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Old 08-24-2013, 02:21 PM
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Re: Overgrown beak....

Thanks! Coco's isn't that bad, but I can see it's longer than it should be and the part that's too long is really narrow. I'll try to have him checked this week.
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Old 08-26-2013, 07:24 PM
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Re: Overgrown beak....

Try hanging a pine cone. Chico's beak gets a work out grinding the pieces he clips off.
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Re: Overgrown beak....

How do you clean the pine come before putting it in the cage?
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Re: Overgrown beak....

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How do you clean the pine come before putting it in the cage?
You can buy safe pre cleaned pine cones very cheaply at MySafeBirdStore

Personally I would be worried about just picking up a wild pine cone and using it, birds, squirrels, rats, mice, and probably bugs all love the seeds and would of been climbing all over them.
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Re: Overgrown beak....

When it comes to parrots and overgrown beaks, in my personal experience, this is never because of not chewing and always because of too much protein in the diet -something that most ekkies in captivity get.
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Re: Overgrown beak....

Too much protein...he's on about 10-15 harrison pellets a day then he get fruits and veggies morning and night and sometimes for dinner it's a grain mix that I make with veggies (barley, quinoa, amaranth, pearl berries, etc...) Where would the extra protein be from??? I don't give many fruits that are really high in protein from what I read. thanks
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Re: Overgrown beak....

You can wash them and put them in the oven at a low temperature for several minutes to kill any bugs or germs. I read on the forum the suggested temp and time but don't have the specifics. I just pick them from our tree (no pesticides up there) then wash and dry them. I drill a little starter hole where the stem use to be and screw in a stainless steel eye hook for hanging.
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