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Dr. Michael Salkin
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Amazon loren red her lower beak on one side is over/outside

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amazon loren red her lower beak on one side is over/outside the upper bill when she closes her mouth
Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Bird Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 8 months ago.
I believe that you're describing scissor's beak. Please see here: http://www.scottemcdonald.com/pdfs/bad%20beaks.pdf and let me know.Baby's beak can be reshaped by an avian vet (please see here: www.aav.org). Good nutrition will help regrow the beak but it's likely that periodic reshaping will be necessary. Please note that 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.It's rare that a beak deformity will stop a bird from eating but grooming will be affected and if any nutritional imbalances currently exist and have predisposed to his beak deformity he could be in danger of additional symptoms of those imbalances. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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