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When you see a parakeet and notice their beak you probably just take it for granted. The parakeet beak can tell you many things about your pet. It can be an indicator of good health, or an illness your parakeet is battling.
You probably picture your parakeet’s beak as being a constant. Did you realize a parakeet beak grows up to 3 inches every year? If the beak is not regularly worn away through activity it would become tremendously long, and a major impediment to your bird. This is why you need to supply your parakeet with chew toys and cuttlebone. The hard chewing helps to keep the beak worn down to a normal size.
While parakeets appear to only have two feet, your parakeet would argue against you. Their beak serves as a third foot or hand. You will see the parakeet using their beak to help balance themselves, move items, and to swing between locations. In many ways their beak is possibly their most useful hand.
Consider the overall importance of your parakeet’s beak. It is a hand. It is their voice. It is their method of getting nutrition. If the parakeet beak is damaged you can expect the parakeet to die within only a couple days. They cannot survive long without proper nutrition. While this article is about beaks, you need to understand the importance of nutrition to your parakeet. Most parakeets live only 5 to 6 years in most homes. This is a tragedy. A parakeet which is properly cared for and given the proper nutrition can live to 15 years old or longer. The biggest fault of most owners is in the area of nutrition. You need to provide a well rounded diet, and make sure to consult with your veterinarian to make sure you are not overlooking anything.
Many people believe their parakeet’s beak is going to help them determine the sex of the bird. A blue bump on the beak is believed to indicate the bird is a male. It does increase the chance it is a male, but it is not guarantee. The only known guarantee to determine the sex of a parakeet is the moment they lay an egg. The female parakeet beak develops brown or pink ceres. This is the bumped area around the nostrils of your parakeet.
Observing the parakeet beak is important. If you start to notice different changes in coloration or texture you need to start paying close attention. This could be indicating health problems beginning in your parakeet. Lack of nutrition can cause changes to your bird’s beak. If for any reason the beak becomes damaged it is an emergency. You need to rush your parakeet to the vet. Without their beak being in good condition they cannot eat. The importance of the beak should never be overlooked. By understanding the importance you can take better care of your beautiful small friend, and give them a long, healthy life.