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My parakeet's bill is too, but he won't use a cuttle bone.

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my parakeet's bill is too long, but he won't use a cuttle bone. What can I do about it?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Bird Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

Blue Boy's beak will need to be trimmed by an avian vet (please see here: www.aav.org) or tech who can demonstrate how it's done for you. A cuttle bone isn't designed to keep a beak in shape; instead, it's a source of calcium. It's actually a non-essential item. If Blue Boy is eating properly, he doesn't need a cuttle bone. Nutritional imbalances are a common cause of skin and beak disorders in our pet birds. What has Blue Boy's diet consisted of, please? Seeds should compose less than 20% of his diet. Ideally, a balanced pelleted diet such as can be found here: www.harrisonsbirdfoods.com or here: www.lafeber.com/pet-birds should be fed as well as hard boiled egg yolk, pancakes and cornbread, the tops of fresh greens, dairy products such as yogurt and cheese, fresh fruits such as apples, pears, melon, kiwi, and berries, vegetables such as broccoli, carrots, beets, asparagus, cabbage, sweet potato, and squash, and even tiny pieces of meat.

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