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Curious about shelter bird's beak

Discussion in 'Eclectus Alley' started by SmallFeather, 7/28/19.

  1. SmallFeather

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    Hello! I visited my local bird shelter yesterday to drop off some fresh produce, and I noticed something strange about a female eclectus that has recently arrived. Her upper beak curves to the inside of her lower beak, and her lower beak is really overgrown. I haven't seen this in a bird before and was just kind of wondering what was going on. I would have asked the shelter owner, but he was busy at the time. Is this an ecelctus thing or can it happen to all birds? What leads to it? How does she eat and preen? I have been wondering about it and figured this would be a good place to ask.
     
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    It can happen to any bird with a misaligned beak (also known as scissorbeak) whether from injury or poor handfeeding. It can also be found in birds not given toys to chew or with a bad diet. Liver problems can also manifest as an overgrown beak.
     
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    Thanks! It’s been bugging me all day. Is it correctable with vet care or do they just have to adapt?
     
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    My Jardine's has a slight scissor beak that is maintained mostly by chewing woods. When I first got him though the vet had to dremmel his beak down to get it to a place he could do that. Some birds will need routine maintenance on their beak to prevent issues.
     
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    This was him before his beak trim and after. So not as extreme as what you're seeing on the eclectus. She should get her beak filed as itv definitely can interfere with playing, eating, and preening.

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    Your Jardine is beautiful. I’m going to keep checking on the eclectus whenever I visit. Hopefully she gets a beak trim soon! Thanks for the information!
     
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    Screen Shot 2019-08-08 at 4.28.55 PM.png Thought I would share a picture of the bird I was talking about. His name is Dusty and he is now up for adoption.
     
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    Serious beak maintenance needed! The shelter should have a vet or qualified vet tech to trim that, poor girl. Hopefully, the " shelter," will adopt to someone who can deal with the beak issue .
     
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    Definitely in dire need of a trim!
     
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    Agreed. I will let them know at my next visit.
     
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    How much does a beak trim usually cost? I am wondering if it might be a money issue for the shelter, which is no reason to neglect the issue, but maybe I can "sponsor" her and pay for her beak trim if it isn't too much.
     
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    Usually its only about $20 to $45. Ripley's last one at his "charge through the nose" vet was $46 and change :)
     
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    Thank you! I need to pick up some stuff from the vet's tomorrow anyways, so I will discuss it with them. I would really like to help this bird. The shelter she is from admittedly isn't the greatest, but it is one of the only bird shelters in my area so I am still grateful that they take birds in.
     
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    I tried to talk to the vet yesterday, but she was in surgery when I picked up some supplies and the receptionist couldn't give me a price quote without the vet seeing the bird. Today I dropped some fresh chop off at the shelter and managed to catch the owner of the shelter when he wasn't busy. He said that they were aware that Dusty needs a major beak trim and plan to get her one, but they are waiting for her to adjust to her new foster home first as to not add more stress to an already stressful time. They said they put her up for adoption early because their process takes a long time, but will not be placing her until she gets a beak trim. She is in her twenties and I was told that they think she was born with a deformed beak that will need regular trims. She previously lived in a hardware store and hardly ever, if at all, got her beak trimmed. I am really happy about this outcome, but will keep asking about her to make sure they actually go through with it. I think she will be so much happier with a trimmed beak!
     
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    It's great that you want to help that bird. I think rescues do what they can.
     
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    Aw, beautiful baby! Which Rescue is she at? Maybe an AA member would be interested?!
     
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    Dusty is a Girl Eclectus. Males are green. She should go to a bird Vet for a complete check up.

    Beak needs attention.
     
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    Dusty is at Beak N Wings bird shelter for those interested.
     
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    I'd be driving to get her if I was within their adoption range! She sounds a lot like Tootie...Shy, but not aggressive. I hope she finds a home soon!!
     
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    I'm only 600 miles past their 150 mile range, surely that's not too bad...:hehe:
     

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