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Urgent New baby, beak injury?

Discussion in 'Bird Emergency Highway 911' started by Memowe, 7/14/18.

  1. Memowe

    Memowe Sitting on the front steps

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    Hello everyone! I Don't believe this is urgent, but It could be. I purchased my new baby a 4.5 month old green cheek conure (turquoise), and was told his beak had an injury. I didn't mind if it was just a physical deformity, and I have an appointment with a vet in 3 weeks (they're booked for all days I'm off so I got the soonest slot) however I wanted your opinions of his injury would warrant me taking time off of work to move the appointment up.

    He has been eating his pellets, treats, and drinking water and playing with toys, he also doesn't seem to be in pain and it's not bleeding. Luckily our local avian vet is a specialist in beak reconstructive surgery. Thank you for your time!
     

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  2. Donna turner

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    Picture doesn't show beak ??
     
  3. Memowe

    Memowe Sitting on the front steps

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    I can see his beak but here are more images
     

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  4. iamwhoiam

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    How did that happen? You could see if you can get him into the vet earlier than 3 weeks. Did the place where you got him from do anything about the injury?
     
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  5. Memowe

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    I wasnt told much more information other than that he kept it clean and stopped it from bleeding. He also stated that it was caused by another bird.
     
  6. SandraK

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    It looks like your baby was bitten by a larger bird on the top of his beak. You need to get him in to an avian vet asap. Were you given any type of time to have your bird checked by a vet? This injury could get infected if not seen and treated soon. I am quite angry that someone would sell a young bird with that type of injury.
     
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    Wow that is quite the injury!! That would worry me that it could become infected. My quaker had a much smaller beak injury by another bird biting him 5 years ago and I had to have him on antibiotics.
     
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  8. Memowe

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    We will call the vet back on Monday then to get it treated as soon as possible. He is eating, drinking and acting normally, and the area isn't bleeding.
     
  9. Memowe

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    We didn't expect it to be a problem but I was worried about it and wanted to get peoples opinions.
     
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    Oof, poor little guy. I agree, you need to get him to a vet asap, that must hurt like nobody's business.

    Ask him for numbers to some of his colleagues if he can't squeeze you in as soon as humanly possible.
     
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  11. iamwhoiam

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    Sometimes it's difficult to tell with photos how bad an injury is or if it isn't that bad at all but that looks like a deep gash on one side and a smaller puncture on the other side and does look like there is dried blood on the beak. The person who sold him to you should have taken him to a vet, IMHO. My BFA had to have part of his beak epoxied because it broke off when he bit down on a dremel tool bit while he was being groomed. Vet was not overly concerned, though. My red-bellied parrot SETI had major injury to his beak and cere due to a fight with his brother and I took him to the emergency vet. He was given painkillers and antibiotics.
     
  12. SandraK

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    I realize that you are not at fault for the injury and the person who sold you your baby should have had this looked at by an avian vet BEFORE the baby was sold to you. But like an injury to a person, it might not look bad until infection shows and, in a bird, it would probably be too late to treat. An internal infection would not show up immediately.

    Thank you for looking for advice and information. Never be afraid to ask questions.
     
  13. iamwhoiam

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    Hope all will be well with him. He's a nice looking conure. Does he have a name?
     
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    P.S. I am a green cheek conure (gcc) mom so your little one is close to my bird heart.
     
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  15. Memowe

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    Hi name is Cecil!
     
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  16. Memowe

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    The soonest possible would be tuesday but I'm not sure how likely that is. I'm not sure of any emergency vets in the area, would less than a week be detrimental?
     
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  17. SandraK

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    If Tuesday is the best I would recommend asking the vet if there is anything you should do until Cecil can be seen. Don't be afraid to ask questions or for details about treatment if you are told to do anything until Cecil can be seen by a vet.

    I should have asked where you are without any personal info?
     
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  18. Memowe

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    My boyfriend called them to change the appointment whenever they get his voicemail, so I'll be sure to get him to ask for precare for him. Also, if he starts showing any sign of infection, changes in pop or appetite, or acting differently they have a resource for finding an emergency vet that we will contact (Just learned about this when he called to change the appointment).
     
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    That's a nasty ouchie, I think also looks like he was attacked by big bird. The left nare looks swollen too. See the vet as soon as possible.
     
  20. Garet

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    I totally understand the situation you're in. It can be hard when all you want to do is the right thing but can't find someone, and I commend you for looking and being willing to try and find someone. You're doing the right thing here.

    As for how detrimental it can be, it really depends on when the injury took place. Birds heal faster than humans in general. The little orange bird in my avatar has a badly healed leg because his old owners weren't as great as you're being and left him to suffer with a broken leg. Depending on the severity of the wound and whether infection settles in, it can take somewhere around 2 weeks for a bone to heal the wrong way, though it might be different for beaks.

    Since we don't know when exactly this injury took place, it's better to be safe and do something as soon as possible than wait and find out you were too late, you know?
     

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