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Beak issue

Discussion in 'Healthy Highway' started by taxidermynerd, 8/12/19 at 3:34 PM.

  1. taxidermynerd

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    I was looking at Chirp just a little bit ago, and his beak is overgrown on one side and it seems like it's longer than it should be. I've already called the vet, we have an appointment for 4:30 on Thursday (which is the soonest either of the AVs are in).

    Until I started feeding a certain kind of "Food", everything was fine. I don't know if the beak thing and the food are related. I am going to bring the "food" to the vet and see what she thinks. I would ask for bloodwork but they don't do it on birds that little.

    Does anyone have anything to chime in? I don't know what to do and I'm just scared at this point, honestly. I don't know how I could have missed this. I feel like a bad parront.

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    Your a great paront! You noticed something and are taking him to the vet as soon as you can, you can’t do anything better than that :heart:.
     
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    I hope that it's nothing serious. I'm not sure how far you are from Niles animal hospital but I do believe they would be able to take blood if you're interested in a more thorough exam. I know you like your vet so I'm not suggesting you change. Just thought I'd mention it incase you ever wanted blood testing. Good luck on Thursday!
     
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    @Lady Jane ? Hope nothing is too serious! Remember that you are being a great parront by asking on AA!:hug8:
     
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    My GCC had an overgrown beak. I freaked out when I read it could indicate liver issues, but no reason was found. For years we had it trimmed ever few weeks. It can just happen, take a deep breath and try not to worry unless you have a confirmed reason. You're doing the best you can:hug4:
     
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    Overgrown beaks can be for a lot of reasons, and health is only one of them! You are not a bad parront at all! However, if it is a health reason, bloodwork is the only real way to figure out what it is to tackle it. Many ailments show up with the same symptoms but very different treatment, so not having bloodwork to go off of is sort of like throwing darts in the dark and hoping you hit the bullseye.
     
  7. taxidermynerd

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    Better pics. I know in these it looks like I'm manhandling Chirp, I wasn't. He's just a squirmy wormy.

    So here's the front view-

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    And the normal looking side-

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    and the messed up side.

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    His beak may be just slightly misaligned and thats why you are getting the growth pattern that you are. The one side that is shorter is hitting just fine so it is naturally wearing down the way it should, but the other side and front may not be hitting the bottom beak appropriately and allowing it to overgrow.

     
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    The third pic definitely looks overgrown. And I bet the jagged edge there will resolve once he gets a trim and can chew on toys better. My conure had like a tusk on one side, vet seemed to think it was nothing, and once I got him interested in harder woods it's gotten worn down and looks normal. You're not a bad bird parent! Things like this are the type of thing you don't notice until one day it hits you!
     
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    Here is a picture of a budgie with an overgrown beak caused by liver disease.

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    Your budgie's beak appears to be much too long, but doesn't appear to be from disease. A trim or two will probably straighten you budgie's right up.

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    Here is a normal beak for a healthy budgie.
     
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    Rapid beak growth has been associated with liver issues. Hopefully that's not the case with Chirp.
     
  12. taxidermynerd

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    I looked it up- I fed these foods from this vendor starting on June 8th, until about 2 days ago, on the 10th. Is just over 2 months long enough for long-term liver issues to appear? I fed 3 products (one of the sprout mixes and two of the seed mixes).

    I guess we'll find out at the vet. I'll see if she's able to take blood from a toenail or blood feather or something, maybe that's an option. I will also report back on his weight and what she says about his beak.
     
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    An Avian Vet can get blood out of a tiny bird. One of my Avian's got a blood sample from my P'let!

    For sure overgrown. Many times it is liver related. But there is hope to detox it. One would be surely trying milk/thistle dandelion and fresh dandelion greens. Does chirp eat veggies? Pellets? And seed I am sure.
     
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    Pellets yes, seeds every other day (but pellets are always offered, and those are usually eaten first on seed days), veggies no. He won't touch veggies with a ten foot pole.
     
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    What brand pellets is Chirp eating. But regardless that is great he eats pellets. A conversion might not be a bad idea to try Harrison's HP if there is a liver issue. They certainly helped Sophie's diet with elevated liver enzymes. Please update when you can. They will shape that beak for you and from there, see how long it takes to stay normal or overgrow again.
     
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    Zupreem Naturals. When I first got him on pellets I tried the fruity ones but he didn't like those, I also tried Roudybush but he wouldn't eat those. Do you happen to know if Harrison's sends out samples? I know some do.
     
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    Yes, they do, atleast the Vet's office (Harrison's own practice before he sold it did) Call them and ask they are cool to talk to. Ask for High Potency Fine or Superfine. My nephews budgies really like the Superfine.
     
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    2 months would be more acute than chronic, I would think (I hope!)
     
  19. taxidermynerd

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    I just found a pic from 6/30/2019, and there is no overgrowth in that pic. So this has been an issue for just over a month. Which honestly idk if that's better or worse.
     
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    Caitec and Higgins will also send out samples if you haven't tried them and wanted to :)
     

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