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Old 09-27-2012, 04:12 PM
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Beak question

I've read that I should try coconut oil but Indy is not found of hands and does NOT like to be touched... so in the meantime, any other suggestions on what to do about her beak looking so dry and peeling?

I live in orange city fl, and don't know of a good avian vet, but the vets at banfield in Lake Mary fl, will see her... don't know if that's worth it?

Her diet consist of a pellet/seed mix (I got from a breeder in West Palm beach, however, he was not Indys original owner) harrisons pellets, and Nutraberries (a few a week) and fresh fruit and veggies.



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Re: Beak question

Add fresh baby carrots and citris (oranges, lemons,kumquats) try beak rubs close your fist and reach out with the thumb and fore finger knuckle let your bird put it's beak in the space inbetween then rub, if this works then put the coconut oil on your hand and rub the beak.
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Re: Beak question

Will definitely try the beak rubs!!!! Thank you!

I thought citrus should be given in small quantities?
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Re: Beak question

Maybe rub some aloe on it?
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Re: Beak question

Have you thought about trying a sandy perch? My bird has the beak pealing problem as well, as she wont groom her beak on her wooden perches, but rather the metal bars on the cage which doesn't do anything but scratch her beak up. I'm going to try a sandy perch myself, but thought I'd give you the idea as well!
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Old 09-28-2012, 12:00 AM
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Re: Beak question

I highly recommend Pedicure Perches and their concrete perches. My babies love to clean their beaks on them after their meals and the perch is not overly abrasive as to cause problems with the birds feet.
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Re: Beak question

Same with mine. Her beak always looks freshly sanded since we got it!
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Re: Beak question

I just file it with a nail file. It's easy fast, and my bird is too lazy to take care of itself. I recommend the coconut oil- I use lotion, but that's just because I'm not a fan of oils, but ti turns it glossy and brand new looking lol
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Re: Beak question

Thank you all. I have a concrete perch, but she only uses it right after meals. I'll get a sanding perch too. As far as oiling her beak, I tried the knuckle rub with nothing on my knuckles and was meet with a nice warning bite, just enough to get her message across and break the skin slightly.
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Re: Beak question

Could you put some oil on a tissue and rub it on? Maybe it would be easier then using your hands, even if he bites, it might not hurt as much lol
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