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DizzyBlue

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Hi lovely to see you online @Jazzy Bird ,
Stunning echinacea flowers you have.
Can I make an observation remark (definitely not a criticism) ..... Jazzy's beak looks to be showing a vitamin deficiency it's a tad ridge marked / flaked and could do with a good avian vet to shape it a bit using a dremmel on the lower mandible :rolleyes: I know should keep my yap shut but sometimes others notice things we don't ourselves as we live with it every day and If I don't say it I will sit here and my head will explode until I do. Feathers and eye clarity are stunning that has to be said so not a worry just an observation about the beak.
 

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She has seen an aviary and they didn’t say anything about the beak. What type of vitamin deficiency would cause that? I have powder vitamins but haven’t given them to them lately. I’ve been slacking.
 

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Of course if he's quite elderly a slightly flakier beak is quite normal...so long as he's getting all his vits and minerals. Having the beak filed can be very stressful for the bird.
 

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she is 23 years old. Her beak is whiter when she needs her face cleaned. 😜 She doesn’t eat many veggies. She eats seed, pellets, fruit, oatmeal, peanut butter and sometimes I’ll give her something random like a tiny piece of wheat bread or a couple pieces of rice cereal. Haven’t found a veggie she really likes. Any suggestions?
 

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Sorry tangled up in things off forum was going suggest things like sweet potato
Birds don't age like humans do, my 41 year old Grey's beak looks just the same as my younger Grey's who are still in single figures.
My blue front amazon (Alfie) has to have his beak sorted about every 18 months as it doesn't shed in equal proportions. Like your Jazzy my Alfred also has the lower mandible issue of it not being....erred how to describe..... hmmmm a straight line at the end he too had the two outer ends growing longer than the centre.
 

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Sorry tangled up in things off forum was going suggest things like sweet potato
Birds don't age like humans do, my 41 year old Grey's beak looks just the same as my younger Grey's who are still in single figures.
My blue front amazon (Alfie) has to have his beak sorted about every 18 months as it doesn't shed in equal proportions. Like your Jazzy my Alfred also has the lower mandible issue of it not being....erred how to describe..... hmmmm a straight line at the end he too had the two outer ends growing longer than the centre.
Does that cause an issue? The outer ends growing longer than center?
 

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Hi lovely to see you online @Jazzy Bird ,
Stunning echinacea flowers you have.
Can I make an observation remark (definitely not a criticism) ..... Jazzy's beak looks to be showing a vitamin deficiency it's a tad ridge marked / flaked and could do with a good avian vet to shape it a bit using a dremmel on the lower mandible :rolleyes: I know should keep my yap shut but sometimes others notice things we don't ourselves as we live with it every day and If I don't say it I will sit here and my head will explode until I do. Feathers and eye clarity are stunning that has to be said so not a worry just an observation about the beak.
As for the eye clarity, it’s interesting that you point that out. What would it mean if the eyes weren’t clear and what’s that look like?
 

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Eyes that are cloudy usually are due to cataracts however parrots are very unusual creatures you see milky / cloudy eyes more in amazons and its due to vitamin A deficiency once that's corrected the eyes can and often do loose the cataract it recedes sometimes goes completely. Does take a few weeks it's not instant.
With the beak you end up with the bird getting very uncomfortable difficulties in manipulating food whilst eating and as the difficulties increase obviously it causes issues elsewhere. It's a 5 minute job to sort the beak out shape wise not painful and in the long run you can head off other issues before they come up.
 

DizzyBlue

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There's an excellent document done by U.S. Avian Vet Scott McDonald
Ok a lot doesn't apply to you but it's really well worth the read errr unless your really squeamish then give it a miss ;)
 

Jazzy Bird

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Eyes that are cloudy usually are due to cataracts however parrots are very unusual creatures you see milky / cloudy eyes more in amazons and its due to vitamin A deficiency once that's corrected the eyes can and often do loose the cataract it recedes sometimes goes completely. Does take a few weeks it's not instant.
With the beak you end up with the bird getting very uncomfortable difficulties in manipulating food whilst eating and as the difficulties increase obviously it causes issues elsewhere. It's a 5 minute job to sort the beak out shape wise not painful and in the long run you can head off other issues before they come up.
Thank you for all of the info. She’ll have her yearly appt in the next few months so will see what vet says about beak. She seems to be able to eat without any issues, so that’s good.
 

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Yearly check up is a brilliant time to have a general MOT and collate all the niggling questions to pick your vets brain with I usually go in with a piece of paper with a list of things to remember :risas3: trying to remember everything these days hmmm whole new issue get half way upstairs and can't remember why I was going up there lol.
 

Jazzy Bird

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Yearly check up is a brilliant time to have a general MOT and collate all the niggling questions to pick your vets brain with I usually go in with a piece of paper with a list of things to remember :risas3: trying to remember everything these days hmmm whole new issue get half way upstairs and can't remember why I was going up there lol.
The vet we see usually looks at me like I have two heads, when asking questions. 🤣
 
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