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Old 08-02-2018, 04:50 PM
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I've noticed for the past month that my female budgie's beak is a little bigger than it should be, I ignored it thinking that it's normal or it'll wear down on its own, but now I think it has grown even more, and I'm not sure if it is considered 'overgrown' yet or if I should be concerned about it, here's the beak:


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Avian vet is not an option at all since the nearest one is across the country. Are there any home remedies that I can try? I have already put a chewing toy for them in the cage but she doesn't seem to go anywhere near it. I have a mineral block that is also a 'beak sharpener' in my cockatiel's cage, and I will move it if it could help at all.

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Old 08-02-2018, 05:13 PM
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It certainly does look long. Unless the photo is showing cere color darker than it is, your budgie is male.

Do you have any bird shops around that do grooming? Aside from an avian vet, that would be your best bet. I know there aren’t many specialty bird shops around in any country. If he uses harder toys like wood, regularly enough, it could help a little bit. If he isn’t a huge chewer, or prefers toys that are softer and won’t wear down the beak, then you can be VERY careful and use a nail file for natural nails. Not too coarse. Hold the bird (it might be easier with someone else) and hold the mouth stable by holding it closed with your fingers and take the tip down with a nail file. Do not take too much off, leave it a little long. There are several reasons you see beaks overgrown. It might need periodic filing. OR, if it doesn’t grow much longer than that, and it doesn’t affect eating, you can just leave it.

** I don’t recommend this as general advice to the public. One should always take their bird to a professional for grooming if there is a bird store or vet to drive to. Not having the money isn’t a good excuse if there is such a service around.
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Make sure you have a sand perch (my budgie likes to chew on the sand perches and that keeps her beak at a healthy length), cuttlebone, and a mineral block. Like RavensGryf said, harder toys and toys that require more beak exercise are good.

And I do agree that your bird is definitely male.

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Make sure you have multiple sand perches (my budgie likes to chew on the sand perches and that keeps her beak at a healthy length), cuttlebone, and a mineral block. Like RavensGryf said, harder toys and toys that require more beak exercise are good.
Please do not use sandpaper perches. They cause bumblefoot and if your bird ingests the sand they can become impacted.
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A beak that is excessively overgrown can be an indication of an improper diet or underlying disease.

From the picture, your budgie's beak is quite overgrown and although it may be the picture angle, your budgie also looks to be overweight.

What type diet are you feeding your birds?
Obesity in budgies can lead to fatty liver disease and one sign of that disease can be an overgrown beak.

If there are no Avian Vets near you, I recommend you find either an exotic veterinarian that has experience with small birds or a regular vet with whom you can work closely.

https://www.talkbudgies.com/articles...r-disease.html

https://www.petmd.com/bird/care/over...our-birds-beak

https://www.birdcagesnow.com/blogs/b...in-pet-parrots
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One of my parakeets doesn't chew on things very much so her beak gets long like yours. You can trim her beak yourself with fingernail clippers- just snip the very end of the tip off. Otherwise she won't be able to eat properly. Watch some youtube videos on how to do it- it's pretty simple and your birdie will thank you. Make sure to sanitize the clippers before and after.
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If you haven't clipped a budgie beak before, it's best to take them into an avian vet so they can show you how to do it It's easy to break off part of the beak on accident, as well as hurt your budgie if you don't know how to hold them.

Let us know how he's doing soon!
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Although it is not visually apparent a beak contains nerves and blood vessels so if you are not experienced at trimming it is best to have the vet or groomer do it, as you can cause bleeding and pain as StarlingWings has said. Also it needs to be determined why it is overgrown there may be a medical issue causing the overgrowth.
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