I've posted about trimming Rhett's beak before, but thought I'd add another note about it. This elderly Bourke of mine had a beak that gets "long in the tooth" over and over again because of his age. It grows very fast and is hidden among his throat feathers. I have to keep an eye on him. Saw him yawn last night and thought, "Oh, my gosh. He's going to stab himself in the throat!"
|It's difficult to see it, but his beak shows up as a long dark|
line that leaves his normal beak and bends toward his throat.
It's in the photo if you study it.
|He isn't hand tame, but he's gotten used to this procedure.|
I think he really appreciates it. One quick snip and it's
back to a reasonable length again.
|The offending "dagger" on the counter.|
|Rosie and Pretty Boy's third and last clutch for the year. In|
four days these will be three weeks old and at the best
age for hand feeding.
|Proof that Bourke Parakeets and Canaries can be friends.|
(Photo by Pamela May)