A bird’s beak is an extremely important piece of equipment. Parrots use their beaks to grind up food, play and climb. As a result it is important keep your parrot’s beak healthy and in good condition.
Here are a few signs of a healthy beak:
1. It should be smooth. As you watch your bird play on his parrot playgym , take some time to carefully observe his beak. Does it look smooth and shiny? Or dull and crusty?
In cases with Cockatoos their beaks have a coating of dander on them. I remember going to our vet when Marshmellow our Cockatoo (Featured above hamming it up for the camera (LOL)) was a year old and her beak wasn’t “shiny” anymore. I asked if she was okay and our vet said “this is a sign of a healthy Cockatoo….you want to see her beak have this dander on it. This means that her feathers are healthy. ”
2. There should be no discoloration. A healthy beak should have robust, consistent coloring.
3. The beak should be properly aligned. Both the top and bottom beak should fit together perfectly. The beak should not be too short or too long. In some cases, parrots may develop what is called a scissor beak. This is when only one side of the beak grows.
In some cases, your feathered friend can carry some of his/her last meal on their beak as pictured below on our DYH Amazon parrot “Kiwi”. “Kiwi” loves to really get “into” his meal as you can see. Mommy to the rescue….nothing a wet paper towel can’t clean. (LOL)