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Is his beak ok?

Just asking for people more experienced than me does his beak look overgrown?

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Re: Is his beak ok?

Looks like normal wear and tear on his beak. A bit long on the point but not crazy amount. Provide more chewing toys perhaps. That keeps beaks trim.
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Re: Is his beak ok?

I need a couple more pictures to be sure,
It looks like his Lowe beak is slightly overgrown, possibly because of the abnormal wear on the sides, looks like he chews cage bars???

Hanging out on that thin wire , if he spends time doing this, is not good for his feet at all. The best thing is to attach a rope perch or alternative perch in that location.

Also I don’t know the size of your cage? Or what toys and perches you have in it?
Often cafes are sold way to small for birds and that leads to cage bar chewing, or there may not be enough easy to chew and destroy stuff for him...you can try a rol if that braided shredder stuff they sell and weave it through the bars, or even stuff pages from an old paper back book for them to shred.

Also Quaker’s like to take baths , offer a sturdy shallow dish with a inch of warm water in it, splash around with your hand and step back, lol they willl usually rush over for a big splash bath! Never force a bath but it’s goid to offer one st least twice a week. I offer one every day, sometimes they take a bath every day sometimes they don’t take one all week

Also what diet? Lack of food that has a good source of vital A and other vitamin can lead to poor beak and feathers, Quaker really seem to like peppers like the red hot chili pepper, or bell peppers they are a good source of vitamin
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Re: Is his beak ok?

Beak looks fine to me..........As Wrench said just more chewing toys and that'll sort it all out
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Old 06-09-2020, 07:28 PM
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Re: Is his beak ok?

The top beak pealing is normal the bottom beak the front part looks long unless he is holding something in his mouth, it’s long enough to slightly jut out the top beak. The sides of if the beak are damaged from something ,though they will regrow fine.

Parrots who are happy healthy and not stressed grind their bottom beak against the top beak , usually as the go to sleep at night, or like my Neptune as they take a happy nap on your shoulder.

I mention diet and bath availability because the feathers are scruffy. Often parrots eating a seed only diet will have beak and feather issues. Even during molting none of my parrots look scruffy, ever. For those members and guests reading this post, if your parrots feathers look scruffy you need to make changes to the diet and make sure they have access to a bath, and have no underline health issues, or behaviors issues. Feeding veggies and pellets with seed diet is optimum. A wide variety of parrot safe veggies, especially veggies that have higher vitamin A, like peppers.

I have 3 Quakers and their feathers look like silk. Even during molts.

A few years ago my birds did look scruffy during molts. I did research , and made changes, haven’t ever looked scruffy since. I added more protein rich foods and more calories during molt. Feather are 90% protein, and growth takes protein. I use scram every gigs, boiled chicken, and nuts for my extra protein, they also get a diet with lots of veggies of every kind, rotation in their diets, with some fruits and berries that have value, like cherry fresh seed out, plums, blackberry, blueberries, strawberries and cranberries. They eat several of the pellets variety offered, and seeds. Xtra bathing encouraged during molt. And I zip tie cage doors roll the cages outside into dabbled shade and sit with them for about a half hour as often as possible ( once or twice a month sometimes once a week)

Those practices have led to wonderful lustrous feathers and never looking crappy during a molt again


So I’d ask for another view if bottom beak, tell us about the diet, the cage and the toys
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Re: Is his beak ok?

I got him a month ago he is 9 months old and from what his previous owner told me he has been on a seed based diet and he didn't take baths. He likes cucumbers, apples and strawberries so i have been replacing his normal food with apples and cucumbers. I tried giving him pallets but he didn't eat them I put them with some seeds and finely chopped fruit and vegetables but he still didn't eat the pallets. He isn't the biggest fan of the toys in his cage but he does enjoy destroying and playing with Legos, swinging on his swing and eating the cuttlebone. I tried to put a plate with water at the bottom of his cage but he didn't use it so instead I use a mister to shower him, but it broke about a week ago and I didn't get a new one yet.

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Re: Is his beak ok?

Looks like a nice cage. The front shot of his beak is normal. Is like to see another side shot that shows the bottom and sides of beak. Bet yes the peeling of the top beak is complete normal.

A plate won’t feel safe to most birds for taking a bath. What works for me is a glass square 9x9 casserole dish ( brownie making dish . ) I also have a shallow serving dish that is very sturdy that I use for the baths to. Only full about an inch of water then splash splash with your hand he should be interested leave him to explore it.

Veggies keep offering! Expand what he will take Denver they may reject it the first five times you offer it then one day it’s their favorite veggies ever! South America parrot species like Quaker’s eat peppers in the wild, do they usually take to peppers very easy. They can’t taste the “heat “ of peppers and so even seem to like hot peppers best. Mine like the red chili peppers best of all but eat bell and other peppers to. The red chili peppers are close to the wild type peppers so that might be why they are liked best. Mine like romaine lettuce, zucchini, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, fresh green beans , peas frozen thawed or fresh never use canned anything, sweet potatoes they only like cooked,

For your toys what you have is fine you just need to add stuff that is easy to tear and chew up, they sell this woven grass like stuff called shredders they love to rip that up, Aldo that stuff at the bird stores that looked like rolls of cardboard tape they like to destroy those, and those soft yucca chips ( I think that what called) they love those to. The birds like to effect change on the environment and they like to take stuff apart and destroy it so some of their toys need to be that type . You can DIY stuff to old paperback books give them to the parrot to destroy it weave it in the cage, cut up cardboard into fun shapes pinch a hole through it and use a zip tie to dangle it near a perch .

For perches I like to give ten more of a jungle maze, and use some shirt wide perches placed around with yummies and toys by them to encourage use of every square inch of the cage. Observe your parrot and how uses the cage and adjust and move stuff according.
You could hang we
One of those big swishy bungee ropes from the top center of cage so it hangs all the way to the bottom of the cage. One of my Quaker’s like ladders ( tho I have one that doesn’t)

Also you can attach perches on the outside sides and top of the cage! It’s great turns it into a jungle gym! Things don’t have to be straight across birds live climbing , live hanging off stuff, love to see if they can jump from one perch to the next without flying they are winged monkeys ! I also use the vertical space above the cage by putting in ceiling hooks and using fishing line to hang this big rope hoops down just a few inches above the cage top and to Han a couple of swings

My safe bird store has lots of great stuff! Check them out
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Re: Is his beak ok?

See if this bird store card will attach as thumbnails
Great it worked! Another member BillE recommendation and I love this store! Great stuff and sells doodads to make your own toys too! And really great bird loving people! They always throw in a few sulfide little extra gifts! One time I got a little bag of people chocolate and one time treats for my dogs, or little chew stuff for the birds

Congratulations on your Quaker!! I love them! But a big warning they loud! Especially if you have more than one! Tho my Neptune was loud all on his own!! They are prone to behavior issues like plucking and screaming because they are smart need to be kept busy and need lots of attention and out of the cage time.

Oh also those willow balls they sell for the rodent pets st the pet store are safe for birds. I get the big woven willow ball then stuff all sorts of stuff inside for them to pick out, like paper slips, cardboard strips, straws, bottle caps, little plastic toys and beads, popsicle stud ect
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