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Old 10-19-2020, 04:28 PM   #1
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My little blue parrotlet, Sal, 8.5 years old. had recently gone to the vet to have his beak trimmed. First time this had to happen. Vet said could be due to a liver problem, as his diet and things in the cage are all good. Put Sal on .03 ml / day milk thistle for one month for possible liver problems. Took him home after vet and he rubbed his beak on perches and began to bleed. Put powder on beak to stop and took all rough perches out to stop from filing. He has a best friend Sidney in the cage with him. How fast do beaks grow? How do I know when to put back the rough perches so they both can file away?
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Old 10-19-2020, 05:40 PM   #2
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They trimmed way too much if you get bleeding.
One of my past birds Bo had scissor beak. He had to go back a few times to get it sorted out. Once it was corrected he could maintain. Never had any blood during multiple beak corrections.
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Old 10-19-2020, 06:25 PM   #3
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I agree with you completely. I phoned the vet back and he said two weeks with no filing. That seems to be a long time and also the birds are upset because I’ve had to put in new smooth posts. I’m stressed out about this and would think the vet would have kown when to stop. 😞
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Old 10-19-2020, 08:14 PM   #4
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Whoa! They need their beaks trimmed? :O

I've put branches from our bird friendly trees (mostly the gum trees that all my birds have) and he's started chewing those. A small piece of cuttle is dust. Squirt shredded his cardboard box hanging toy in a week.

Doesn't this keep beaks "trimmed"? I'm terrified of what happened to Debs bird happening to mine. I know of nongs who have done budgies beaks with toe nail clippers with DISASTROUS results - so the thought freaks me out
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VERY rarely do parrotlets need beaks trimmed. I've never had to get Tumi's beak trimmed. I've had wings done, and occasionally nails (not very often, though - he seems to keep them short himself most of the time unlike my cockatiel who used to draw blood with her nails when it was time to get them trimmed), but never his beak. It is not common to need done.
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Pip's swing is made with little hard mineral chew things and seashells he will chew on those. He also chews on the willow branches I have made for perches every so often. There is also a toy that he likes that I get for him that has oyster shells strung on them I have seen him chewing on them too from time to time. I will list them below but you have to make sure your bird does not chew/eat string on the swing.

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Unless there is a medical issue, never file a beak! Bogie had this habit of letting his beak get long. I changed his chew toys around, but Bogie seemed to be the type of bird to read the newspaper instead of playing with his chew toys.haha.



But, just when I was about to get real worried about the beak, it was shortened by Bogie himself. They know their beak gets long and maybe if you just sit back, your p'lett will shorten it. I never could figure out how he did it, but Bogie shortened it. His beak would come to a thin point, then an eighth of an inch would disappear overnight.


At the last bird show I went to, there was a person who trimmed larger parrot's beaks for free! I watched as they used a drimmel

and I got worried. All of a sudden, blood went everywhere! An hour later, they still had that bird wrapped up while trying to stop the bleeding! Even experts have trouble. It is risky!.


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That is terrible. Poor little guy. I agree with Ozzie, it sounds like they trimmed it too far. The tip of Salís beak may be feeling tender for a day or so. If you see he has problems eating seeds, you may want to try and feed him softer food like sprouts, eggs, fruit, veggies, brown rice, wheat pasta, sweet potato, soft pieces of bread, etc. You can always soften up his favorite veggies by steaming them and chopping them up in small pieces.
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Whoa! They need their beaks trimmed? :O
You do not have a parrotlets beak trimmed unless they have a medical issue or they have injured it somehow.
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I agree with Anya that a parrotlet's beak does not need to be trimmed unless it has a medical issue or had a beak injury as a baby/adult.

Parrotlets do not need their toenails trimmed unless they have a medical issue.
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