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Re: Filing beaks??

Posted by Jody, Deebo & Timber on 6/09/06
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    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.
    > Thanks...Tina.
    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 :)