Overgrown Beak, Wing and Nail Clipping

Avian Vet trimming a beak.
Parrot with an overgrown beak – at Bird Vet Melbourne

Why is my birds beak overgrown ?

Overgrown beaks are often as a result of  of underlying  avian disease , with  poor diet (e.g. an all seed diet) or poor husbandry (e.g. inappropriate perches and toys ) contributing to the Over grown beak “syndrome”.  Your avian vet at Bird Vet Melbourne  will advise you during the consultation what conditions  may be contributing the  beak overgrowth.  The bird veterinarian  will  often take diagnostic avian lab samples, and then do   corrective beak repair .  The bird veterinarians may repair the beak with dental acrylics or composites, or trim the beak with  a combination of clippers, files and dremmels.     The specialist bird vets  may recommend that you bring your bird to the bird-clinic more frequently for beak trims while the medical management is taking effect.

Parrot Wing Clipping

Wing trimming  is routinely done by our  Avian vets.   Your avian vet can discuss the pros and cons of wing clipping with you.Wing clipping will depend on  your bird flight ability and  individual circumstances.  Bird Veterinarian Dr Phil  believes most birds benefit from  an athletic or small wing trim. This enables the bird to utilize more energy when flying, and is beneficial for the pet bird.   Wing clipping is done, by the vets  during a routine bird-vet consultation.  PLEASE NOTE WE REGULARLY SEE INJURIES ASSOCIATED WITH POOR, INAPPROPRIATE  WING CLIPS.  Bird vets do not take wing clipping lightly as the birds often take a long time to regrow the clipped feathers.


Why are my birds nails so long ?

The most common reason for overgrown nails are plastic swings that birds sleep on, or  perches that are to narrow – especially the highest perch.  The avian veterinarians at Bird Vet Melbourne see birds presented for nail clipping almost every single day.  The bird vets can clip the nails and buff them in a relatively relaxed  way.  Occasionally an  overgrown  nail may bleed , and the avian vets will stop the bleeding.  It is noteworthy that many pet owners have caused irreversible problems resulting in  pain and stress to their pets by clipping their own birds claws than are over grown.

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Bird specialist clipping an overgrown beak.
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Veterinary  dental –   Vet beak repair using dental composites by a veterinary dentist.