one of my 3, 3 yr old gouldians has a beak that has grown to where the tips cross, instead of meeting at the tip. it does not appear to interfere with eating or drinking. do I need to file the tips down so that they will correct themselves, or will this be a permanent issue. I am concerned that the tips will continue to grow to the point that the bird will not be able to eat seed.
I thought I had answered your question, but here it is again. Crazy computers.
I have had the same concerns with a few of my Gouldians. Some very tiny crossing tips I have clipped off with nail clippers and some I have used a diamond nail file and filed gradually over a few weeks. It can be life threatening if too much is cut off and the beaks bleeds.
Hope this helps. Jeanie
also, this last March, at the beginning of molting, one of the birds plucked himself bald from the middle of his body, down, wherever he could reach. not a very attractive sight! He had not done that during previous moltings, and does not pull feathers out now. is this normal? March is still cold here in North Georgia, so I was very concerned about him staying warm.