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#1 jamjarbaker

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Posted 09 February 2016 - 11:22 PM

Hello :) I've noticed that Vera's got a small chip on her beak and wondering whether this is normal or a concern? She's eating normally etc. I'll try and find a photo that shows it (you can see if you zoom right in on the left centre.) oh and the red and green in part of a florette salad bag :D

#2 jamjarbaker

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Posted 09 February 2016 - 11:23 PM

Forgot the photo :')

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Posted 10 February 2016 - 04:08 AM

Hi,

Sorry I can't zoom in, what are you feeding Vera and are you using supplements at all, also is your uv etc in good date. :)



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Posted 10 February 2016 - 09:14 AM

Beaks grow constantly, so if they grow too long, there will likely be chips and other broken bits. Vera's chip is not above the normal growth line, so she just needs to be fed more fibrous food to keep it shorter. She looks rather dry, what substrate are you using?

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Posted 10 February 2016 - 10:24 AM

Cheers for the replies :P at the minute she's on mainly florette crispy with lambs lettuce and any okay weeds I can find :) supplements wise she's got nutrabol (is that how you spell it) as well as cuttle bone scattered all over the place :)

She came out of hibernation last weak so she's been a while without uv, maybe that's why here beaks grown/got brittle? She's on top soil with a little bit of sand :D she's currently shedding in the facial area though if that changes anything? Thanks again for the replies :)

Should I just file her beak down a little everyday or could that make it worse?

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Posted 10 February 2016 - 10:25 AM

Oh I forgot. The uv tube she's got was changed in October :)

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Posted 10 February 2016 - 12:13 PM

It should wear itself down at that level, given some tough weeds and hard rocks to bite on. It's not bad, but takes a time to build up, so not since hibernation. How often does she. Get the nutrobal? I'd give daily as lack of calcium can cause overgrown brittle beaks too :)

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Posted 10 February 2016 - 07:59 PM

I've usually been going for once every other day but ill switch to daily now :) thanks for all the help !




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