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Scissor beak, chipped beak, missing toe

Krisrath11

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So I'm getting 2 new birds, this is going to be wild for the real bird people but try to hang in there while I tell u the story as I'm aware...

Bonded pair of conures GCC and pineapple believe to be 10 years old the owners have "had them about 7 years". They're eating a mostly seed diet with "various zupreem pellets that I feed to my larger birds". The gcc has a missing toe (only know because they disclosed it because it was showing in the specific pics I asked for so they thought to tell me then) also has a scissor beak and bits missing on top and bottom. This happened when the bird was "fairly young" one of their "larger birds" attacked it and it was taken to the vet afterwards. They file the beak every month but they "have no need to see a vet" so other then this situation with GCC have never been seen by a vet. They "stopped spending time with them" because the "larger birds were more tame so we stopped hanging out with them". Apparently pineapple went from was tame on e in the original post to "he has never been tame" and "if u want tame birds you should look for tame birds because these are just pretty ornaments that need to be fed" (yes these are exact quotes and yes they WILL be seeing a vet ASAP when I get them). The gcc is apparently somewhat tame still because he's sitting on an arm in the pic so kinda unsure y they discarded him but not my thing. They claim no issues eating drinking mobility ECT. Come with their "very large cage" that "needs a deep clean" and they haven't had time to clean or measure so idk.

The question I have based upon this is more what to expect long term. Scissor beak with the chips (I'll include the pics they sent) other than getting filed at the vet is this going to cause problems over time (or the missing toe)? Especially being we're embarking on an unknown age and are likely older than they're saying I want to just see experience people have had with these issues and what they have done. How often does a file truly need done (my vet will be doing this not myself as I'm NOT going to be screwing any baby out of being able to eat right)? I know the vet will be answering the questions when we go but until then I kinda just want some input and to ease my mind I didn't just take on a whole mess that's going to be insane. Thanks y'all

My apologies on the double triple pics idk how I did that lol IMG_20240208_113921.jpg IMG_20240208_113919.jpg IMG_20240208_113910.jpg Screenshot_20240206_201944_craigslist.jpg Screenshot_20240206_201948_craigslist.jpg IMG_20240208_113921.jpg IMG_20240208_113921.jpg IMG_20240208_113919.jpg IMG_20240208_113910.jpg Screenshot_20240206_201944_craigslist.jpg Screenshot_20240206_201948_craigslist.jpg
 

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I don't think the missing tie will be any issue.
The beak looks like it could actually be corrected by a proper veterinarian trim, and might never need trim again... depending on if it's a true scissor beak or not ..the tip and chip should return to normal...but who knows with the crazy people...the other ones beak is overgrown and going to need shaping too

So glad you are saving these ones ! Yay!
 

Krisrath11

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I don't think the missing tie will be any issue.
The beak looks like it could actually be corrected by a proper veterinarian trim, and might never need trim again... depending on if it's a true scissor beak or not ..the tip and chip should return to normal...but who knows with the crazy people...the other ones beak is overgrown and going to need shaping too

So glad you are saving these ones ! Yay!
I was actually wondering myself if it could be corrected over time with filing. I know nothing about beaks like this so I kinda have no idea what to expect. I was thinking the chips would go away but they said it happened "years ago when he was younger" so is it more likely it's a newer injury? I'm confused about y it hasn't gorn itself back in but I thought maybe I just don't fully understand how the beaks work
 

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Well went to the Dr. Pineapple is malnourished but they're relatively healthy we're going to do full blood work when green gets his beak trimmed again on them both once they're eating their food diet for awhile. Got the beak trimmed a LOT he got stressed so she decided to stop but it looks sooooo much better. They're separated now and I let them out together but they're doing amazing. Pineapple is pretty tame but once he's out he just wants to fly around instead of staying with me. I don't blame him though he's had a rough go.

Green isn't a fan of anything I have or want but hopefully he'll come around sooner than later and learn to trust me. His beak looks almost normal with a real trim and his scissor beak actually is almost gone after just a single trim! Vet said it'll never be totally normal most likely but it definitely is hard to tell now! I'm happy with just that cause he seems to be better off just that so even if he hates me forever he's at least going to be healthy and be able to eat and move correctly. I'll include some pictures of him post beak trim and it's even better looking now after a few days of him being able to get used to it. One side looks perfect the other will probably always be a bit tilted but he's still handsome vet thinks green is likely a girl and pineapple is a boy. We might get DNA tests done this summer but it really doesn't matter to me but I still am curious.

I definitely told the lady about their diet being terrible, that they needed to see a dang vet at least every couple of years minimum and that they're malnourished and sent pics of how his beak looked way different with a professional trim. She's apparently had birds for 20 years and thought that meant something.... Lol I definitely said that doesn't mean u have been doing it correctly, cause I see their condition and pointed out the stress marks on their feathers and their real vet checkup info. Their cage was DISGUSTING when she brought them which she claimed to have cleaned... Ma'am this cage looks so bad I was honestly surprised they didn't have something in their swabs.


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So glad you rescue them keep us updated
 

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So happy to hear you are getting them all the help they need. So happy they are with you now :heart:
 
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