Follow-up CenterThreads made in the Emergency Room forum will be moved here by staff as a way to follow-up with members after their budgie emergency.
This keeps the E.R. for only the most current emergencies.
My 3 year old budgie's beak was growing very long so I took him to a vet 5 weeks ago. The vet trimmed the beak and recommended pellet food.
I haven't managed to get them interested in the pellets but I'm not sure if they would help anyway. My other budgie appears fine. They get seed from a local pet shop, trill in another dish, millet, apple, lettuce, bread and grapes.
Now only a short time later the beak is getting back to the length it was although he seems to still be eating and very active as usual. I will need to take him to the vet again but hoped that there was something else I could do for him. I am worried about regularly just taking him to the vet as the trimming is done under anaesthetic.
He has a small dark mark on one side of the beak and the point is getting long again. Although active he doesn't look too well sometimes. My other budgie of the same age looks very healthy.
Can anybody please advise? The attached photo was taken before his visit to the vet. His beak is not quite as long as this yet but soon will be.
A continuously overgrown beak could point to hormonal or dietary problems. I would ask your vet to take advantage of the anesthetic to take a drop of blood and get blood work done on your budgie.
What kind of perches do you have in your cage? Does your budgie use a cuttlebone?
My vet recommended the following 4-day schedule for switching budgies to pellets, and it works very well for my Sammy (although we abandoned it when he starting molting since he's prone to stress-induced infections):
Days 1-3: Put pellets in the cage and remove the seeds. Offer them seeds for 1 hour in the morning and 1 hour in the evening.
Day 4: If you see that they are not eating much of the pellets, offer them seeds for the full day. (You can tell if they're not eating much because their droppings will be smaller and the urine puddle around the dropping can have a greenish color when dry).
They have cuttlebone but don't touch it. They have plastic perches in the cage but they are out all day and have wooden perches outside and fruit sticks with wooden centres. They have a sanded sheet in the cage and one sand covered perch. The other budgie is more likely to gnaw at these and other things and doesn't have a problem.
I will try again with pellets. Thanks for your advice on this.
Member of the Year 2016//Exceptional Service Award August 2016//MOTM May 2013
Add Lava rock for claws, beak, and scratching. Clean with strong stream of water and vinegar to remove droppings. Try hard mineral blocks and manu Roses
Kabobs are also a good way to express energy release. Watch how budgie lets yo know what is up by how it chews fresh branches from the yard. It will become very evident of stress by the way budgie chooses to chew. Best wishes, Jo Ann
As Nuxi indicated it may have to do with a liver problem. Here is a link to an article my vet wrote, look at the section Obesity/Hepatic Lipidosis, it's on the first page. It talks about overgrown beaks and dark spots.
Are you seeing an Avian Vet or a regular vet with your budgie? I would recommend finding an Avian Vet or having your regular vet consult with one if the vet you are seeing isn't certified as a Avian Vet.
I agree with Bethany that it is important to have the vet do the appropriate blood work to get an accurate diagnosis to determine if it is a dietary issue or a problem with the liver.
Best wishes with your little fellow and please keep us updated on his condition.
To familiarize yourself with the forums, please take the time to read through all of the How To Guides, the FAQs and the stickies located at the top of each section of the forum.
You'll find most of your basic questions are answered after you've read through all of them.
Ask your avian vet to test his blood for liver disease. If he has liver disease, then ask your avian vet to prescribe a liquid Calorad supplement. I know from experience that the Calorad really does help!
Some TB members also will recommend a milk thistle supplement.