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Old 08-15-2012, 01:11 PM
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Not wearing her beak down?

My little canary-winged parakeet is very non-destructive. She has several types of wood toys, a pedi-perch, and eats large pellets. Her beak isn't super long yet, but it seems like the sides/edges are too long because her beak is still slightly parted when she closes it, like it doesn't fit together right. There is a slightly transparent edge to her beak that looks like fingernail, and it's all the way around, not just on the tip.

Anyway, how do I encourage her to work on her beak? I've been praising her whenever I see her chewing on something.
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Old 08-15-2012, 03:59 PM
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Re: Not wearing her beak down?

try playing with the toys while the bird is next to you, but ignore the bird. it will want your attention so it wiil either:

1 play with the toys with you

2 attack the toys and destroy them because you played with them instead of him/her. then when he uses/attacks the toys, rewad him/her!
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Old 08-16-2012, 06:05 PM
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Re: Not wearing her beak down?

Oh!!!! That makes perfect sense! She tries to kill everything I touch! This will totally work. Good call.
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Old 08-16-2012, 06:07 PM
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Re: Not wearing her beak down?

Wow it worked instantly. She's going to town on her wood block! Yay!
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Old 08-17-2012, 01:26 PM
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Re: Not wearing her beak down?

so glad i can help! try getting a mineral perch too, that will help trim nails and file beaks, and when they chew it its good for them if she keeps it up her beak should be good in no time!
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Old 08-18-2012, 06:38 PM
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Re: Not wearing her beak down?

Slightly related question, what if even with all the chewing, the beak still gets too long? Should I bring them to the vet for a filing? I'm worried it might stress them out

I have 2 conures.
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