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Old 02-20-2015, 03:09 PM
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Ok, so I have this baby budgie that I am very worried about. It is now exactly 2 weeks old and has a problem with its beak. The mom budgie/hen is feeding the baby just fine and she herself does not have any deformitys. Neither does the dad. This breeding pair has also had other clutches and successfully raised other chicks, but this baby has, instead of a curved upper beak, a strait one and its bottom beak looks a bit odd as well. Like I said, it's being fed fine, but when it gets older I don't know how it will get weaned because it won't be able to hull seeds with a beak like this. I just discovered this deformity in its beak today when I took it out of the nest for the first time (I usually start to handle my baby budgies around 2-3 weeks of age to tame then since I would not have the time to hand feed them and raise them myself to tame them). Also, there are no other baby's in the nest. There are a couple of eggs in the nest, but I'm quite sure they are infertile because of their pinkish-white colour. Can anyone tell me what is wrong with this birds beak and if there is anything I can to do save and help this chick? PLEASE HELP! I will post some pictures as well.
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Old 02-20-2015, 03:14 PM
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Old 02-20-2015, 03:16 PM
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I'm not a breeding expert, but I'll provide a guess until the experts come along.

I think the hen is a messy feeder, and the regurgitated food has dried onto the beak, causing the deformity. For now, gently clean off all dried food and continue to monitor the chick.

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I don't see any food on the chick's beak. It does however have some crust on its top beak..... If the hen is a sloppy feeder why where all the other babies she had not deformed? (Unless she just became a sloppy feeder when she had this bird, but why would that randomly happen....?)
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I agree with Susan. It looks like the growth of the beak has been stunted, and the most common reason for this is food build up inside or outside of the beak.

Once the growth is stunted there is little you can do but keep the beak clean and hope it corrects itself as the chick grows. If the beak does not line up properly by the time the little one is at fledgling age you will need to take him/her to an avian vet so they can correct the deformity.
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Thanks Lindsay. Also, the tip of the top beak is slightly bent sideways, just saying. This wouldn't count as the scissor beak deformity.... Would it? Is that correctable?
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Thanks Lindsay. Also, the tip of the top beak is slightly bent sideways, just saying. This wouldn't count as the scissor beak deformity.... Would it? Is that correctable?
From the sound of it you will need to see an avian vet to correct the deformity once the chick is feathered up.

We are not avian vets here, so unfortunately we can not diagnose nor correct a problem of this nature, but there are plenty of vets who are qualified to do so. Do you know of one in your area yet?
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I have a few animal hospitals and vets around where I live but I'm not sure if there are any avian vets would they have an avian vet at an animal hospital?
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I have a few animal hospitals and vets around where I live but I'm not sure if there are any avian vets would they have an avian vet at an animal hospital?
You would have to check with them and see, what statc/city are you located in? We might be able to help you find the closest avian vet if we had a more specific location

I am not sure about other countries, but here in the US Avian/exotic vets have to take nearly twice as many years of schooling to specialize in birds and other exotic animals in addition to dogs, cats etc. When all is said and done most of them could easily have easily have become human Drs considering the years of schooling it requires to be an exotic vet, so it is easy to understand why they can be a bit hard to find
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