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Old 08-02-2016, 05:36 PM
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Default Tips on keeping beak trim, please!

Hi folks. I posted a while back about my poor wee upside down faced man, Harrison. When we rescued him from the pet shop he had a severe head tilt and we've tried a few things after discussion with the vet but we think this is just how he's going to be. And rather than be down about it, we've decided to absolutely spoil him, and adapt his cage as best we can for him. We have bonded really well over the last few months and he is such an affectionate little bird

Anyway, on to my point! We had to take him to the vet to have his beak trimmed about 3-4 weeks ago, and it's already getting too long again. He has cuttlefish, a mineral block, a couple of grinding stones, a few grinding perches and lots of natural wood perches (told you he was spoiled). He uses his cuttlefish and mineral block allllll the time but it doesn't seem to be doing the trick. Does anyone have any other tricks up their sleeve for keeping his beak trim? I'm beginning to wonder if it's maybe more an issue of malocclusion because he eats upside down but open to any suggestions and ideas. Harrison says thanks in advance!

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Welcome back to the forums! I'm glad Harrison has been doing well and you have been spoiling him like he deserves.

From your description, you seem to be very well stocked in terms of items that would help your Harrison in keeping his beak length under control.
You could also add some wooden chew toys, like bird kabobs and wooden logs for example.
You can talk to your avian vet about the possible cause for this fast paced growth on the beak and maybe have him tested since there are at least a couple of illnesses that display the beak overgrowth as one of the symptoms.

Best of luck with Harrison!
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That was going to be my next discussion when he's next in, With his care -or rather lack of- previously he could well have something underlying but hopefully not. He has every type of chew toy imaginable already and I'm waiting on a few more being delivered still! And his favourite thing to play with is my hair - typical!
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