What's up with Max and his beak?
January 28, 2009 3:30pm CST
We have a cockatiel who is going to be 2 this year and for some reason he has just stopped taking care of his beak. This is of lately, starting the beginning of this month. I took him to the vets for only his beak, well they did his wings, claws, and beaks. Adding up to $39.00. Not bad, but more than I expected but I sure can't let him starve. Well, that was two weeks ago, and this coming Friday I am bringing him back to get it checked again and good thing. I don't understand why he would just all of a sudden stop taking care of his beak. His mate did pass away close, but not quite, a year ago from binding unfortunately. That was a sad day. Happened right at the vets. I'm not sure if this may have something to do with it or maybe he likes it long. Anyone out there have any ideas to this one?
• United States
28 Jan 09
I know what you mean, I also get concerned and probably overly in my husbands book, when pets start changing their ways. Last Spring, almost a year ago, he did lose his mate that he knew since 6 months old. I take the age back everyone, he (Max) is actually going to be 2 1/2 yrs old this year. He lost his mate, and I noticed he was getting very quiet, withdrawn, and just quiet. I change him out into the more populated room instead of just in my son's room, that seemed to liven him up. He was more active, vocal, and just funny to watch. Comical they are at times. He seems to be back to his almost normal self except for that beak. That's the only thing different there. I put him in front of the window and across from the stove, which he seems to love that heat coming right at him. I just hope the vet can shed some more light. He does have a cuttle bone in the cage, the sand paper there on the bottom of the cage, and perch covers. I put a rock in the cage as was suggested but still no go.
• United States
20 Apr 09
YW, savypat! I had to bring Max to the Vets one more time to get her beak cut and sharpened. He suggested a lava rock. We looked all over and could'nt find one, then we heard about this new pet store. Lu Lu's and it's awesome. They have everything. We found the lava rock, a yogurt treat, and a swing. Since then, she has been keeping her beak down. We think she was going through a stage because she lost her friend, TK. By the way, we were told that Max was a male and TK female. Well, both females. LOL I'm just glad that she's much happier now and out of her slump. I added you as a friend to. Thanks!