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Beak Shedding?

Discussion in 'Health' started by JackAndRob, Aug 7, 2019.

  1. JackAndRob

    JackAndRob Regular Member Registered

    I have noticed that a layer of Frankie's beak is peeling:


    Sorry that it is not the best photo (he's a bit camera shy), but there's a shadow under the flake, in the orange area of his beak. It is the same on both sides. It was not like this in a photo I took 3 days ago. His beak wasn't in the best condition when we got him and his vet did need to do a little trimming around the tip.

    He hasn't had any falling/flying accidents that I am aware of.

    I am guessing that the older top layer does naturally flake away as newer growth comes through. Just wanted to check that this is normal. He is on a diet that should include enough vitamin A. He may not have been before, so maybe the flaking will be more pronounced until the effect of a better diet comes through.
  2. dianaT

    dianaT Moderator Staff Member Moderator

    Yes the beak bits do flake away don't worry about it.
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  3. JackAndRob

    JackAndRob Regular Member Registered

    Thanks DianaT. Good to know :)
  4. plumsmum

    plumsmum Regular Member

    It is worth providing something rough for him to give it a good rub on, mine use their pedi perches, birds need to keep their own beaks trimmed and should not need assistance from a vet unless something is wrong. If a beak grows too rapidly it can be indications of health problems and an appointment should be made giving the reason why.
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  5. JackAndRob

    JackAndRob Regular Member Registered

    The flake has now gone and Frankie's beak looks much cleaner :)
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