Split Lower Beak

Discussion in 'Peafowl' started by Garden Peas, Jun 5, 2016.

  1. Garden Peas

    Garden Peas Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My TT (lame) male bird just came up to me in the pen while I was sitting there, and I noticed his lower beak is split lengthwise. It doesn't extend as far as his tongue, and so far he is eating and drinking okay. It looks as though it may have been there for awhile. I'm worried if it gets worse it could prevent him from eating. It doesn't look broken or injured -- maybe it split from the dryness or some imperfection in how the top beak is hitting it? It's slightly off-center. I don't know if he'll let me take a photo of it.

    Has anyone ever had to treat this?
     
  2. Garden Peas

    Garden Peas Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Photos of split beak:

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    Kind of amazing he let me photograph it -- he wasn't sure he wanted pictures taken. It looks to me as though the upper beak is overgrown and needs to be trimmed, and that has caused improper wear on the lower beak. Argghhh [​IMG]
     
  3. q8peafowl

    q8peafowl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Don't worry he will always be able to eat, i used to have a cameo male which had a beak like a falcon beak and it was eating normally.
     
  4. Dany12

    Dany12 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Parrot beak .... not really beautiful !

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    Here the culprit ???

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  5. Garden Peas

    Garden Peas Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My concern is that the lower beak is actually split, and it appears the top beak is what caused it. It's hard to see in the photos, but if you open and enlarge them, you can barely see the split above where I put the arrow. If the split gets any longer, I don't think he will be able to drink water. If the top beak doesn't get trimmed back correctly, it is just going to get worse. There is a narrow V in the lower beak which narrows more into the split. The split and V go all the way through the lower beak, it's not just a surface crack. It is running nearly down the axis of the beak, so lengthwise, not crosswise.

    This is an obvious health issue. I'm trying to get him into an avian vet. In the meantime, has anyone dealt with such a thing (lower beak split/cracked) in a pea, and what advice do you have for fixing it?
     
  6. DylansMom

    DylansMom RIP 1969-2017

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    I've not dealt with a split beak, but I trim top beaks all the time. It is very easy with a toenail clipper, just clip halfway across from one side and then come in from the other side and clip halfway across. Up close you can see where it thins and there are no longer blood vessels. Like dog and cat toenails, you can tell where not to cut.
     
  7. Garden Peas

    Garden Peas Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wish I had been smart enough to even realize the top beak needed trimming [​IMG] Now I have what seems like a pretty serious problem. This is one of my original feral egg boys, so I'm pretty attached to him. Hopefully the vet can help with the lower beak issue. After studying them more this afternoon, I think the other male could use a little trimming too. @DylansMom , you wouldn't happen to have any before & after photos, would you? I'm scared to do this incorrectly [​IMG]

    Thanks so much for your help!
     
  8. DylansMom

    DylansMom RIP 1969-2017

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    I don't have any before & after shots, but I have a before and I drew a line across the beak where I would trim. Maybe this will help? Sometimes I have to trim this guy's twice a year.
     
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  9. Garden Peas

    Garden Peas Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Perfect, thanks!!! [​IMG]
     
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