Budgerigars, also known as budgies or parakeets, are a small parrot breed native to Australia. An excellent companion bird, budgies are smart talkers who can learn several words and phrases. Like all birds, your budgie's beak constantly grows, yet its length is kept in check as the bird naturally wears it out and self-trims it while performing a multitude of tasks such as eating, playing, preening and communicating. However, several factors such as physical problems, beak deformities or parasites can cause your budgie to have an overgrown beak. You should encourage your budgie to self-trim through natural aids. Do not trim your budgie's beak; instead consult your vet for an appropriate diagnosis and trimming of the beak.
Check with your vet or a bird store on what the appropriate beak length is for your budgie;s breed. This will help you ascertain whether your budgie's beak is normal or abnormal in length. Regularly observe your budgie's beak for change in its texture, overgrowth, cracks or discolouration.
Take your budgie to the vet if you suspect that his beak is growing abnormally. The vet will trim the beak and also examine the bird for underlying health conditions such as parasites, liver or nutritional imbalances.
Offer your budgie a variety of chew toys to play with and self-trim his beak. As budgies have smaller and softer beaks compared to parrots, you should provide toys prepared from Popsicle sticks or soft wood.
Provide a conditioning perch in your budgie's cage for him to rub his beak against and trim it. You can purchase conditioning perches in a variety of textures such as cement, mineral and pumice.
Apply a drop of lightly warmed glycerine or olive oil on your budgie's beak if it is brittle. These liquids will lubricate the beak and prevent it from cracking and falling off.
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- Apply a drop of lightly warmed glycerine or olive oil on your budgie's beak if it is brittle. These liquids will lubricate the beak and prevent it from cracking and falling off.