It’s also important to make sure your birds are kept on dry ground, otherwise balls of mud can accumulate on the bottom of their feet preventing their toenails from wearing normally. quail) that feak on leather gloves or on Astroturf covered perches do not receive the same constant wearing down of the beak. A “beak scuffle” generally occurs when an enclosure is overcrowded, when birds of different sizes are enclosed together, if birds haven’t been introduced properly, but are made enclosure-mates, if one bird assumes a bully position among a group, or just because two birds - who are typically buddies – have a spontaneous fight. Brown cere hypertrophy, Budgerigar Vet. 10-05-2003, 05:14 PM #2 Scissor-beak varies in severity, but most chicks can eat and drink independently. Use your finger to play with ... with a whitish clear tip. Their beaks were deformed, overgrown, and curved like pieces of elbow macaroni. The upper beak and lower beak should be properly aligned and of the proper length. These will require special maintenance. There is ... An overgrown beak is also in danger of splitting. Providing a cuttlefish can help with this, while providing a good source of calcium for layers. Could be a wierd behavior, but could be an oral/esophageal irritation or an overgrown beak. Most cross-beaked chicks adapt and thrive, leading long, happy lives. (preferably a dove/quail mix) and make a slit in the sock for them to get at the seeds then hang it in their feeding area. I've just been reading some other threads on overgrown beaks, and am now wondering if this might be part of the weaning problem. Budgerigar Cere color change - hypertrophy. Occasionally quail will get overgrown beaks and toenails. Severely overgrown beaks Some birds will be trapped with bad beaks, either overgrown or with a tendency to grow poorly. So give your bird's nails a trim if they look a little long and you notice some sore spots on its skin. Maybe give them the number for your bird's vet. Crossed beak need not be an automatic death sentence as believed by some. But birds with overgrown nails are prone to accidentally scratching themselves too hard. Egg yolk peritonitis - Common / possible symptoms: Sudden death, loss of appetite/anorexia, weakness, depression, respiratory distress, lethargy, fluffed feathers, lack of vocalizations, yolk-colored droppings, swollen vent and/or abdomen (the swelling feels spongy to the touch), and ascites. Based on their conversation, Handel didn’t think the deformities were unprecedented. As the beak grows longer, the pres-sure from tearing flesh is placed more on the end of the beak which Most commonly occurring unhealthy or abnormal beaks will be scissors beak, overgrown or a parrot beak. One incubating female with a severe beak deformity had what appeared to be a large, subcutaneous lipoma on the abdomen along the brood patch. Swollen Vent: Prolapsed Cloaca.Breeding-age Hens Only: Egg Binding - Swollen vent, weakness. Most cases of beak deformities are found in wild birds. Talbot called Handel and asked if she wanted to come take a look. This sometimes can cause bleeding or abrasions. It is usually associated with hyperoestrogenism or lots of the female reproductive hormone. For long beaks, do not try to take off the length with a dog nail trimmer. Usually seen in female budgies that are reproductively active. Two birds with overgrown beaks (0.8%) and 2 with apparently normal beaks (0.08%) had one or more claws that were abnormally long or malformed .