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    How to Help your Bird Look After its Beak

    ArticleBird AdviceMonday 25 July 2011
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    Bird’s beaks are as important to birds as our arms or legs to us, and require lots of care. Birds use their beaks to perform a huge range of functions from feeding to grooming, climbing and playing; so their beaks must be kept healthy and functioning well, although the vast majority of birds do not require specialised beak care as they usually do this themselves by doing various activities. However if your birds are ill they may be unable to look after their beaks and will therefore require your help.

    You should regularly monitor your bird’s beak for signs of discolouration or cracks. If you observe any of these conditions, consult an avian vet to diagnose and treat your bird. Trimming an overgrown beak should be done only by a veterinarian or someone with training and experience in the procedure – do not try this yourself.  

    Put toys such as pine cones, wood blocks and tree branches in your bird’s cage to encourage it to do something that simultaneously entertains it and helps trim its beak, in the case of overgrowth of the beak.

    Equip your bird's cage with climbing toys such as chains, ropes and ladders. Your bird will use its beak to play with these climbing toys and self-trim its beak in the process.

    Buy hard perches or pumice stones for your bird’s cage so that it will trim it’s beak by grooming itself after eating.

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