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Old 03-08-2012, 06:49 PM
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Peeling beak?

Hey everyone. Today Stitch's beak seems to be peeling worse-- suddenly there is an area that is lighter-- looks exactly like when fingernails peel. I had noticed it before but it wasn't as bad, and looking at earlier photos you can see that it has those slight surface cracks/ridges in the same place that seems worse now. He REALLY gnaws on his cage sometimes; he's definitely been doing it a long time due to the surface being worn off in many areas.

I tried to take photos, not excellent but you can see the lighter area. Also, sorry they're not upright.

At what point should I be concerned? Is this normal?



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Old 03-08-2012, 06:54 PM
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Re: Peeling beak?

Merlin had something similar which I almost took him for the vets for, looks just like a normal peel to me.

They kinda 'shed' their beaks, replacing layers under each other so the top layer flakes off. Looks normal to me!
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Old 03-08-2012, 06:59 PM
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Re: Peeling beak?

ok! thanks very much.
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Re: Peeling beak?

While it's true that bird species such as Cockatoos and some Conures are prone to flaking on their beaks, flaking is not necessarily normal.

The most common cause of flaky beaks is a vitamin A deficiency, an issue that can easily be remedied by making sure your pet is offered a variety of fresh foods and high quality supplemental pellets.

At times, however, a beak can get whitish, flaky looking lines on it that are normal "growth" lines. Much like human fingernails, a bird's beak grows continuously throughout its life, and the new growth can cause the beak to appear streaky or striped.

If you think your bird's beak is growing abnormally, or if pieces of the beak actually flake off, the best thing to do is contact your vet immediately. They will be able to diagnose the problem and help your bird get back on the road to exceptional health.

To help keep your pet from developing a beak problem, offer your bird plenty of chew toys or cuttlebones to exercise and grind his beak on. This should go a long way in keeping your bird's mouth healthy, which will in turn keep your bird happy and feeling great!
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Re: Peeling beak?

I, too, was wondering about vitamin A deficiency. I was also wondering if he has a "wear" mark from the bar chewing.

Also was wondering about why so many downy feathers on his breast? Pete has that on his thighs and under his wings due to his poor nutrition in his previous home. I know you just got Stitch so this isn't on you. It does look like he needs a good diet all the way around, which I'm sure you are giving him. A year from now both beak and feather will probably look 100% better.

If he's not on pellets, you will need to work hard to get him converted. And encourage foods high in vitamin A like carrots, sweet potatoes, orange squash and mango. Usually they will eat mango pretty easily if you are having a hard time getting him to eat his veggies.
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Re: Peeling beak?

Also, my BCC seemed to need full spectrum lighting perhaps even more than my other birds. If you don't have one, get one as soon as you can for him.
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Re: Peeling beak?

Hmm I'm a little worried now. Audrey's beak is pealing a little too But I'm sure she is getting enough vitamin a !
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Re: Peeling beak?

Good morning! I am QUITE sure there is wear on his beak from bar chewing.

The molting on his chest does seem extreme to me; there is some regrowth, but its uneven. They had taken him to the vet the day before I picked him up, and said that he seems to molt 2X a year and so not to worry (like I'm not going to worry, pfft). He doesn't seem to be plucking.

He eats pellets, but it's not a large enough percentage of his diet at the moment. I'm working on that for sure. I've been trying different ways to feed him the pellets and he seems more likely to eat them if they're not mixed with anything else-- he seems to prefer the salad bar approach to eating and not the all-in-one-bowl approach.

I like the full-spectrum light idea, I'll do that. I was contemplating a mango the other day at my co-op so I'll do that too. The only fresh things he'll eat reliably at the moment are banana and apple, and a little carrot. I'm going to look into a supplement to be on the safe side.

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Re: Peeling beak?

If he's not a pellet lover you might want to try Nutriberries. Kazi will eat pellets if nothing else is in his dish he likes, but you can tell they're not his favorite. Nutriberries he goes nuts for, though. I try to make them at least 50% of his diet because otherwise he'll leave the healthy stuff and fill up on fruit. But if he has Nutriberries those are the first thing he eats.
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Re: Peeling beak?

My BCC was the pickiest bird I've ever had. She would not anything orange. She would eat mango though. I would make her bread and mix in jars of baby food carrots or sweet potatoes to hid the orange. You might try putting them into oatmeal or similar. She also didn't like Nutriberries much, unlike Rowdy.

However, the full spectrum lighting made a night and day difference with her. And she knew it as well. As soon as I got it, she would sit under it with her wings spread out taking a sun bath. I have them for all my birds.

I am already seeing a big difference in Pete's new feathers, feet and beak as well since I got him in November, now that he eats pellets, veggies, fruit and has full spectrum lighting.
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