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Old 04-28-2017, 03:48 AM   #1
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overgrown beak?

she has been on a nest for 4 weeks (infertil eggs), the male has been feeding her.
I think her beak looks weird since she came out the nestbox.
the tip seems longer and it doesn't close like it did before.

she doesn't have any trouble when eating.
I just orderded some Lava stone for her, hope this can help her trim her beak by herself.

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Old 04-28-2017, 05:02 AM   #2
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I'd get her some soft wood pieces to destroy, because she needs to get to using her beak more. Overgrown beaks in parrotlets are uncommon, but there seems to be something up with hers. Hopefully the lava stone and some chewing wood will help.
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I have also ordered some softwood toys for her to chew on.she already has cuttlebone,mineralstone,palmleave shredders and cartboard shredders but she doesn't seem to use them much.
How can i encourage her to chew more?

Her beak looked normal in the first picture, but since she is out of the nestbox it doesn't seem to close as before and the tip is longer/sharper.
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When we got our guys Bo had scissor beak and Jules had a little long beak like you are showing. Neither played or chew a lot when we are not around. In the case of Bo we had to have his beak corrected multiple trips to a vet but afterward both were able to keep their beaks in shape using a sand perch like in the link below. When they need beak maintenance they will sit on it and scrape their beak back and forth getting it sorted out. I know many do not like the sand perches and say there is a hazard to them but we have had ours for 4 years now to good effect. I just keep an eye on it to be sure they are not chewing it up or it is coming apart.

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Bogie had the same problem. His beak got longer than the beak in your pic. I tried wood toys, but he just pushed them around! So, I had to get inventive.
I went to a craft store and purchased some flat balsa wood pieces. They sell pieces that look like long tongue depressors, about one-eighth inch thick.

I attached some pieces to Bogie's cage bars ( several pieces ) but he ignored them! So, knowing that he will do just about anything for a strawberry, I rubbed a fresh strawberry all over the wood. Presto! He started chipping away the wood and DID NOT ingest the pieces. (They would not hurt him anyway). Later, I rubbed the wood with a piece of broccoli and he enjoyed it very much and his beak is normal again. You can try peppers, onions, almonds, etc..

The key is balsa wood (they make model airplanes out of the wood).


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Maybe a little long, like the others said I think she will work it out on her own.
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I have changed the cage layout with some extra stuff to chew on. hope this works. if it doesn't help we will take her to the vet.
she is already using the lava stone and other stuff.


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Hello,again.

You are on the ball! Looks good so far. You can even put a wadded up paper towel in the bottom of the cage. The chewing will help get your cutie motivated to chew harder things.

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