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Old 07-06-2010, 04:32 PM
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Scissor Beak/ Cross beak?

I have had Sophie for about 3 weeks now, she was a rescue and seems to be settling in well. She has an issue with scissor beak, does anyone know anything about this condition? I have no real history on her except that her diet was questionable at best and I was told she was truly aggressive....I have had no issue with aggression, so I question everything I was told about her at this point.
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Old 07-06-2010, 04:49 PM
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Re: Scissor Beak/ Cross beak?

Welcome! You came to the right place to ask! When birds get scissor beak, it's mostly a genetic disorder. It happens sometimes in birds. When I go down to Florida, the bird sanctuary I sometimes volunteer at has a cockatoo and macaw with a scissor/crossed beak. They're pretty healthy birds and they do pretty well in their aviary. If you Sophie can eat (pick up food, break seeds and nuts, etc) and can easily move around with her beak, it shouldn't be a problem. It doesn't cause stress or anything like that. However bring Sophie in for a check up just in case. Plus, could you please put up a photo so I may see how it looks? Thanks.
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Re: Scissor Beak/ Cross beak?

Hi SM and welcome to the forum, I may be wrong but I'm gonna take a guess from your list of birds and say that its the Blue and Gold that has scissor beak? it seems to becoming a trend here lately with B&G's that I'm seeing in the shelters, scissor beak can be caused by a number of things, improper hand feeding techniques,poor nutrition, heredity,inbreeding ect, though the most common cause is poor nutrition, in most cases it can be repaird will careful reshaping of the upper beak, this however should only be done by an experienced avian vet, done wrong it can cause more problems than if it was left alone, hope that answers your question, if not I'm sure there will be more members contributing more info, thanks for making room in your home for Sophie
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I would love to post an avitar, but I can't get it to load!
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Re: Scissor Beak/ Cross beak?

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I would love to post an avitar, but I can't get it to load!
WOW! What a gorgeous bird! She's beautiful!

Looking at her beak, I can see it's not that severe. As long as she's eating well and normally, can move around, she should be fine. Get her checked by an avian vet though just to be sure she's healthy.

As for posting an avatar, the picture might be too big if you're trying to upload it.
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Re: Scissor Beak/ Cross beak?

What a beauty!

The problem looks to me as if it's been caused by malnourishment. Her wings have a very poor quality; notice the gray marks on the bend of her wings. This is also a sign of stress, which is not your fault. I think she was stressed and malnourished in her previous home. All you should do is get a well-birdy checkup and get some healthy food in her, she should get better with time.

I wish you all the best!
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What a beauty!

The problem looks to me as if it's been caused by malnourishment. Her wings have a very poor quality; notice the gray marks on the bend of her wings. This is also a sign of stress, which is not your fault. I think she was stressed and malnourished in her previous home. All you should do is get a well-birdy checkup and get some healthy food in her, she should get better with time.

I wish you all the best!
She was housed in an extremely small cage with another parrot, the wings are from rubbing up against the cage bars, she is getting better, she has learned to shower with me in the am's and her feathers are growing in she is molting some bad ones with all of the fresh foods. I truly do not know whether it is from malnutrition or feeding when she was young? I just want her healthy and happy!
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