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Beak Filing Needed

Poor Kissy, she is just a hot mess of a bird. She has a bum leg (you can sort of see it in the pics, it's her left one) I feel like she has been molting since November, she always has pins on her head, her wings are almost grown out though Her beak is also crooked (and has a bruise/cut that is healing from her falling in her cage, which happens a lot)her top beak curves to the right and lower one curves to the left so you can see how her bottom one is definitely in need of filing. She eats and drinks fine, I plan on bringing her in sometime next week. I'm worried she is going to be like traumatized from it though I have never been to this vet before (luckily it's right down the road from my house) Have you ever had experience with your bird needing their beak filed? How was your experience?






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My linnies do their beak care by themselves.
Does Kissy have natural branches with bark for nibbling?
If you can't get them from nature you could also buy something like this.



Does she use a rough mineral block?

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I feel like she has been molting since November, she always has pins on her head
She has no linnie partner to open the pins, solitary kept linnies often look like that.
Have you always found many feathers on the cage floor since November?
A few ones are normal, but if she is molting permanently you can buy her a bird lamp, that brings her hormons in order.

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Her beak is also crooked (and has a bruise/cut that is healing from her falling in her cage, which happens a lot)
Kissy needs a soft bird safe cage litter. I know hemp litter is not easily available in the USA, but what about aspen bedding?
Did you put away the grille from the cage floor?
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She has a couple wooden perches but nothing close to natural ones. I have given her a cuttle bone and a lava block and she doesn't go near either one after having them in there for months. She likes to nibble her rope ends toys and little paper shredders. She doesn't have too much feather loss but it makes sense if there's nobody to preen them for her (I do it for my tiels sometimes but she won't let me get in there like that lol) and I can't take the grate out of the bottom of her cage because otherwise the tray is too tall for her to get back up to climb the bars. Her cage is only about 18 inches tall so it's not too bad but I just feel bad for her little deformed self she falls off of us all the time too because she can't grip very well. Unfortunately I think it's from poor breeding and care because the girl I got her from thinks they sold her off too early (before 8 weeks)
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I keep birds of prey and unfortunately we have to do ours often! They don't chew like parrots and they don't eat the prey items like they would in the wild so their beaks never get naturally worn down. I have a problem with my male Harris' hawk, Chalkie. I have taken him to the vets about it and we can't figure out what it is, but his beak has always grown thick and fast. It has to be done every month ideally but it's very stressful for him. If you're having it done by a vet I think it will be over before you know it

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She has a couple wooden perches but nothing close to natural ones.
If you offer her natural ones you have a chance that she won't need beak trimming.
I'd like to show you a comfortable cage setup with natural materials for older or disabled linnies.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hlL169hnw8
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I can't take the grate out of the bottom of her cage because otherwise the tray is too tall for her to get back up to climb the bars.
A little ladder will help. Please take it away so that she doesn't hurt herself too badly when falling down.
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I'm sorry to hear about little Kissy! Maybe you could get her a platform perch so she wouldn't have to try to grip with her bad foot all the time. Lori sells very nice ones at Happy Wings on Etsy. I have quite a few of them for my gang and they all seem to enjoy resting their feet on them. I have Louie's beak trimmed every 3 months when I have his nails trimmed. It only takes a few seconds. He has cuttlebones and different things, but he won't touch them either and the beak filing keeps his beak looking great. Louie takes forever to moult too, and he let's me carefully touch his head pinnies to help open them, but it still seems like he's constantly moulting! I also use white paper towels on top of the cage grate, which makes it a little softer landing and I can keep an eye on his poop. Louie falls off his perches once in a while and the paper towels soften the fall. I hope Kissy is doing better, and i hopoe some of these suggestions help. She's such a little cutie.


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