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Re: Beak injury

Posted by Alison on 7/08/08
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    On 7/07/08, Jen wrote:
    > Today, my female Fischer lovebird landed on my very cage-
    > aggressive African Grey's cage. The grey immediately
    > latched onto the lovebird's lower mandible and snipped off
    > a good portion of it. There was no bleeding, but now she
    > is unable to close her beak enough to break open any
    > seeds. She does eat pellets, but she usually pulverized
    > them first. If I take her into my vet, will they be able
    > to do anything? She is otherwise acting her normal self.
    > I did pulverize some pellets for her. Do you think she
    > will be able to eat? Should I wet down the crushed pellets
    > for her to try to eat? Any advice would be appreciated!
    > Jen
    Hi Jen,
    Keep crushing the birds food for her until she recovers
    enough to do it herself. Do not wet the food down, as this
    will cause it to mold and spoil. I have a Quaker with no
    bottom beak except for a very tiny chip on one side. I had
    to crush all her food for her for many months. She has
    learned to open seed again and crush her own pellets, but I
    have to keep her top beak trimmed for her because she cannot
    grind it herself. Keep an eye on your birds top beak to make
    sure it doesn't overgrow. She is likely in pain and will not
    be able to break her own food for a while. You can get pain
    meds for her from your avian vet. I've had my beakless
    Quaker for about 6 years now, since she was dumped off by her
    previous owner (the one who also owned the Macaw that tore
    off Angels beak and half her face). A bird can adjust to the
    beak injury, but it will need some help from you. Good
    luck. -Alison-