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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-26-2012, 07:54 PM Thread Starter
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Beak trimming?

So I've heard the topic before n I was just curious when does a bird need it's beak trimmed? How can you tell if it's too long? I see Phoenix rubbing the sides of his beak on his sandy perch but never does the bottom? Just curious wanted to know a little more about this for my curious nature just loves to learn thanks guys

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The bottom generally never needs trimmed if it's aligned with the top of the beak properly because then it gets worn down by them beak grinding.
As for needing a beak trim, most birds never will need their beaks trimmed because if you have proper perches for them in their cage (like a cement perch) that they can groom themselves on then you shouldn't have a problem. Different species of birds also have different "normal" lengths so you'd have to look at photos of healthy birds of said species to see what was normal. ^_^

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Yeah I mean look at the slender billed conure, when does that need one?! It shouldn't grow around too much, if it hooks around to the point where it's going into the throat then that would have to go

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If a bird has lots of wood and different textures to chew on and their beak is aligned properly, they do not normally need a trim. There is always the exception, I have two of them. My rosella came to me with her beak growing a bit off. I have to trim her top beak every once in awhile. My fiery shouldered got bit by another bird and it pushed his bottom mandible sideways so I now have to trim his top and his bottom about once every two months. Both birds hate me doing it but I have to or it will grow so long that they cannot eat or will grow into their face.

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O ok so it's not a normal thing needing to trim the beaks I was just curious thanks guys

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I've never had to get a beak trimmed before, either. I try to look out for it just in case, however. If you're unsure, post a picture here or ask your vet.

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