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Looks like a trip to the vets

Long story short I am now the owner of two Alexandrine parakeets. The female is 4 years old (but has a little bit of black under her beak?) and the male is 8. The male is the females dad. The people were selling them as a pair regardless and wanted them to breed. No chance! The female will be part of the indoor flock as she is very sweet and the male will be in an aviary outside and I'll have to find him a mate. They don't even get on well and she has shown a lot of aggression towards him

Anyways, what I wanted to talk about was the males beak (the females is only like it on the tip). A normal Alexandrine beak is nice red colour, but the red on his looks almost worn down and the bottom mandible has gone into a square shape. It almost looks like a toenail with a fungal infection. Now to me, this looks like it could have something to do with a bad diet or similar? If he's had 8 years of eating seeds I can't imagine anything else. I only have a phone photo until I pop into my nans tonight, but I'll put it up anyways so I can show you what I mean...

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You really can't tell that well from that photo, but you can sort of see where I'm coming from? Poor thing. I'm going to book him into the vets and see if it can be cut down into shape and if anything can be done to help him. He eats and drinks fine, but it looks uncomfortable. Last night I gave him a very high quality seed mix with some soaked pulses, beans and such which he did try so hopefully getting him onto good food won't be hard

Here's a few phone photos of my girly though

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The tip of her mandibles has done the same thing...

Will put up better pics later and show you properly

EDIT: I've managed to get an appointment for this afternoon with my avian vet phew!

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Awww good luck huni! I know you have fancied these birds for a while

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congrats on the new additions they are beautiful
let us know how it goes at the vets

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Congrats on the new additions Daisy! They look to be in great shape other than their beak problems, so hopefully they turn out just as healthy as they look! I know things can look perfectly fine on the outside and not be so good on the inside, especially if they've been eating crappy food their whole lives.
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Sooo I'm on the bus on the way back to the vets. He condition scored him and such and said exactly what it was. Bad diet and it will grow back. I told him I fed my birds chop and he didn't understand so I explained it and he wrote it down I left the room to pay an while I was waiting to be called up he came out, have me a card and told me I can assist him -faints- I'm over the moon. I couldn't even look at him because I was sobbing like a fool hahaha!

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That's good news! The Vet offered you a job?



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Wow! Alexandrines and a job! Awesome day!

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Wow wow! What?! Sounds great! Hope your birdies improve quickly. I know you will take good care of them.


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Wow that's amazing!

Is he just an avian vet??


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Oki doki guys I've stopped by at my nans so I can use the internet. It's so difficult to use my 3G at the new house as it runs my phone battery right down and it's a darn pain when it goes real slow. Hopefully we will have the internet soon

I'll talk about the visit now My first guess with his beak was that it was a nutritional issue caused by eating an all seed diet. I noticed that there were rather large cracks on his beak down the sides so he couldn't actually shut it fully, though he can eat and drink. I was saying to Jack that if I were to condition score him on a scale of 1 being dangerously thin and 5 being obese that he would be about a 4-4.5 which lead me to believe that he had had an all seed diet, as he had always been in an aviary. I took him to see my vet (so glad I got a same day appointment!) and he didn't half kick off when he had to come out of the carrier! A fat lot more than he did when I put him in there anyways the vet said that the keratin has pretty much just gone so weak that the beak cannot be trimmed into place and that on the diet I now have him on he should look like a normal Alexandrine in about 4 months time he condition scored him as a 4.5 but as I said, with the diet he is on he should lose some of that flab. We got chatting about my birds again and I told him about how I've found chop makes feeding my birds a lot easier, especially those I want to convert on to a better diet. I also explained about grinding Harrison's into it or using the mash. He was impressed and had never heard of chop so he wrote it down and said he was going to look up some recipes to tell his clients who won't eat their Harrison's that they can do that instead. I also asked him how he went about his internship at Loro Parque and he said if I ever get the chance, after learning Spanish and German, I should do it. But hey, maybe someday haha he put my Alexandrine back into the travel cage for me and told me to wait outside for a minute so I can pay up. Before the lady called me over to the counter he came and sat down next to me and asked how I would feel about assisting him and learning from him there. I was like obviously I'll do it hahaha! He asked me to email him tonight so I have done, hopefully he can sort me out soon. I'm very excited. With my anxiety, I lost my previous job at the falconry centre which really set me back and put me in a bad place and since I haven't been able to work. But this is a great opportunity for me as it's not too crowded, busy or such. I just need to figure out how on earth I am going to get there and back, especially with these nasty dark nights. I think somebody would probably have to take me and bring me back, I'm absolutely horrified by busses and I have to have Jack take me on them

I will put photos up shortly of the Alex's, and I will have to post a photo in a few months time so we can hopefully see a big improvement

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Wow that's amazing!

Is he just an avian vet??

He's an exotic specialist, but he mostly does birds

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That's SOO awesome!

Are you going to take it?


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I so am! He's a really really nice guy and so easy to get along with. He's in love with Chalkie I feel much more relaxed and comfortable there, plus I will get a lot of experience

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Congrats Daisy, What wonderful additions.



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Oh I'm so happy for you hun that sounds like an amazing oppertunity!!

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congratz!!

that is awesome
and now if any of your birds need vet assistance, he is right there to help.. and maybe a little cheaper too


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And hopefully I will learn what to do in some cases haha thanks!

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