On 6/09/06, Jody, Deebo & Timber wrote:
> On 6/07/06, Tina wrote:
>> I am getting a Sun Conure tomarrow from someone who can no
>> longer take care of him and I was told that he needs his
>> beak filed. Anyone ever hear of this or have it done
>> regularly? I only have a Cockatiel so I am new to Conures.
> Tina, this is a highly controversial issue :)
> Alison is right in saying that there are medical reasons for
> a beak to be trimmed because of over growth.
> Most people just don't want to get pierced by a bite, so they
> have thier birds beak trimmed regularly by a vet.
> Most vets use a dremel tool with a file to trim or file down
> the beak.
> Let me interject my experience, then suggestion :)
> For 3 years my Sun had his beak trimmed during his 6 months
> exams. Then - after one such trim, my baby went in to a
> seizure, or stroke like trauma. It was pretty scary. The
> vet was in a query as to why this happened. My little guy
> was okay after about 15 minutes. But I was really looped
> watching him go thru this. Six months later, the vet trimmed
> his beak again, same thing happened. So we decided it wasn't
> gonna happen again and no more beak trim. If my little one
> gets a point at his beak, I simply use a coarse emery board
> and take the sharp tip off, rounding sort of. No severe
> I have read that the beak is similar to our fingernails when
> they grow out. No feeling, no pain etc. I have read that
> the beak is a living organ and has nerves in it.
> I guess it's all in what you want to believe - but as far as
> I am concerned, no dremel tool will ever touch either of my
> baby boys beaks again !! The noise the drill makes is scary,
> I am sure if nothing else - the vibration is alot wierd, and
> overall it's a great stress inducer !!
> Good luck in whatever you decide :)