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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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His bottom beak broke chipped maybe 1/4 of the lower side so

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his bottom beak broke chipped maybe 1/4 of the lower side so not sure if he can eat or drink as gpod as he should what can I do
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the bird's name and age?
Customer: George 37
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about George?
Customer: no other than that fine
Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Bird
Customer: replied 6 months ago.
I'm not sure how well he could eat with half his bottom beak missing
Customer: replied 6 months ago.
anybody home
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 6 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 6 months ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. We don't have many avian vets on this site. Can you upload a photo(s) of his beak to our conversation? You can use the paperclip icon in the toolbar above your message box (if you can see that icon) or you can use an external app such as

I can be more accurate for you if I can see what you're seeing.

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
cant get a pic the lower beak tip is gone along with the lower right third of his beek so looking from one side looks normal other side 1\2 the bottom beek is gone from tip half way back
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 6 months ago.

I've seen birds with loss of the entire lower beak still being able to eat normally. There's a good chance, however, that overgrowth of the opposing rhinotheca (upper beak) will need regular trimming by an avian vet (please see here: at least until the gnathotheca (lower beak) grows out. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.