How to Care for Your Bird’s Beak at Home

In case you haven’t noticed, your bird uses her beak for quite a lot—moving, climbing, eating, grabbing, communicating, and much more! Keep this crucial part of your bird healthy at home with these tips from a River Oaks veterinarian.

Diet

Step number one for a healthy beak is a good quality diet. Purchase your bird a premium pellet food as her regular diet, and feed her plenty of fresh veggies to boost nutrition. Ask your vet for a recommendation on a good bird feed, as well as what types of veggies and fruits will be best for your pet.

Chew Toys

Chew toys do a lot for your bird—not only do they file down the beak tip a bit, preventing it from getting too sharp, they give your bird an outlet for boredom and keep her mind stimulated! Plus, you’ll save money in the long run by not having to pay for trims as often. Introduce new toys occasionally so your bird doesn’t get bored, and check with your vet to make sure they’re safe for your pet to play with.

Conditioning Perch

A conditioning perch is a small structure that your bird rubs her beak against, keeping it clean and free of detritus or debris. Consult your vet for more information about these, as well as what type will work best for your particular bird.

Regular Trims

Of course, your bird’s beak will require regular trims to keep it from getting too sharp or too long. Most veterinarians recommend taking your bird to a professional avian expert to perform the trim, but some bird owners successfully trim at home. Call your vet to ask about home trimmings, or set up an appointment to have your veterinary professional take care of it!

Veterinary Visits

Regular veterinary checkups are another great way to ensure your bird’s beak—and overall health—remain in top form. Preventative care is far cheaper and easier than costly treatment once something is wrong! Have your bird examined regularly by your River Oaks veterinarian.