The beak of your parakeet is an important component. It helps them to learn more about the world around them, can help them eat, and is part of their overall look as well. When you have a pet parakeet, you may wonder if it is possible for their beak to get too long or whether it will stay the same size and shape forever.
Why is My Parakeets Beak So Long?
The beak of the parakeet can get long because it is not getting worn down from lack of hunting or using strong items to help them wear it down. When the parakeet is in the wild, they are able to wear it down just by doing basic actions to survive.
As a pet, all of this work is done for them so the beak has the potential to keep growing and getting too long. Providing them with some items that help wear down the beak a little or working with a vet to help trim the beak a little can help.
Let’s take a closer look at some of the main reasons why the beak of your parakeet is so long and some of the simple steps you can use to help make the beak a little bit shorter if necessary.
Why is My Parakeets Beak So Long?
There are a lot of reasons why the beak of your parakeet is so long. When the parakeet is in the wild, they have a lot of chances to wear down their beaks while they build their nests, gather food, and hunt. Pet birds will not be able to do these same things because they are stuck inside and their owners are the ones providing them with the food they need to eat. It is also possible that the beak is the right size, the owner just thinks that the beak seems long for their bird.
There are certain types of birds, such as a macaw and the poisonous parrots, that will have an upper beak that is longer than that of other birds, and this is completely normal. This can make it easy to mislabel the beak as being overgrown, even though in this case, the beak is a normal size.
While the lack of wear for a pet parakeet can lead to the beak being overgrown, for both the bottom and top parts of the beak in your bird, it is possible that several diseases can cause this as well. It is not uncommon for bacteria, virus, and parasites can infect the tissue of the beak and make it look too long. Other issues like trauma to the beak, metabolic abnormalities, and nutritional deficiencies are other common issues.
Depending on the bird, it is possible that the beak growing will happen in just a few weeks. You will have to keep your eyes on this to see what the root cause is and to help the parakeet have a beak that is not too large. For other birds, the growth will take longer and can take months before you see anything happen.
If there is the potential that a disease or an illness is causing the bird to have a long beak, then it is time to visit your vet. This will ensure that the underlying cause of the large beak will be taken care of so the beak will stop having trouble. If this is not the problem, then the vet will be able to discuss with you the right steps to take when it is time to keep the beak short, such as new, hard toys that will wear the beak down while the parakeet uses them.
How Can I Trim My Parakeets Overgrown Beak?
If you suspect that the beak on your bird is getting too long, then you should take them into the vet to get it checked out and rule out whether there is an illness that is causing the beak to grow too much. They will also be able to help you trim the beak safely. Unless you really know what you are doing with this one, it is a tricky process and you should let someone else do the work.
It is possible for the blood supply in the overgrown beak to be longer than what is found in a normal beak for the parakeet. This means there is a larger risk of inducing bleeding when you trim the beak on your own. This is why you should let the vet do the work or take classes to make sure that you are trimming the beak well.
There are different methods that your vet is able to use to help trim the beak when it gets too long. The most common, as well as the safest method, is to use a motorized Dremel drill. During this process, the bird will be wrapped up in a towel and one person will restrain them gently while the other one will use the drill to help take care of the bird. The process will be done slowly to make sure that the bird does not get too stressed out in the process. It also helps to make sure that too much of the beak is not drilled down or that the drill will not hit blood vessels and nerves, which can cause severe pain and bleeding.
If the parakeet is really small, then the vet may decide to get rid of the drill and use something else. Manual beak trimming using an emery board will do well. You can even use other hand-held instruments, like wire cutters or toenail clippers to help, but only if the vet recommends it. These tools can work, but if they are not used well, they can split and crack the beak and can be hard on the bird.
Can I Trim the Beak of My Parakeet on Your Own?
It is generally not a good idea to trim the beak of your parakeet on your own. It is a delicate process that can easily go wrong if you are not used to the process and often the bird will not even need it in the first place. It is better to just leave the beak to the professional and have someone else take a look at it and see if you need to do some work on it.
Before you choose to work with trimming the beak on yourself, you need to be confident that the beak is actually overgrown. Just because the beak is a little bit longer than usual does not mean it needs to be cut down and reduced. You need to really know how the beak should look before you consider cutting into it.
It is often best to have a vet work on the beak. If you are determined to do the work, then you should learn how to do it. Look to your vet or to some of the other bird groups to see if there is a group or a professional who can teach you how to do it. You want to be careful when you do anything with the beak of your parakeet to make sure that they are safe.
How to Prevent My Parakeets Beak from Overgrowing
For your small parakeet, you may want to provide them with some toys that will help them to work on the beak and keep it short. something like a cuttle bone can do a good job for this. These work best for a small bird to help them grind down on their beak to keep it shorter. For a medium or large bird, you should give them some wooden toys to trim up the beaks. All birds should be given hard food items, like crunchy vegetables and nuts, to help with beak wear.
A good option to use is to spend some time comparing your parakeet to other birds of the same species. You can choose to look at other real parakeets to look at how their beaks compare to your parakeet. If there are no real birds around, you can choose to compare them with pictures or other similar birds.
Even with the right toys or food for your parakeet, it is possible for the beak to overgrow. Whether it is an underlying problem or just genetics for your bird. If you are worried that the beak is overgrown and it is not getting fixed with the other methods, then it is time to bring them into your vet to see if you can get the problem fixed.
Helping Your Parakeet Keep Their Beak in Shape
It is important to be familiar with what a normal beak looks like when it comes to your parakeet. Sometimes it is hard to tell and something that seems big may be perfectly normal for the parakeet in your home. With the right knowledge about the parakeet and a close eye on how their beak will work, you can help keep them healthy and the beak the right size.