What causes a birds beak to grow too fast, long and take in a wooden look?

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Hi Elaine, there are a number of causes of this so there's no one answer to your question. There may have been trauma to the beak that has changed the growth pattern or there could be some issue with the bird's diet that's affecting beak growth. Other possible reasons a beak grows fast are chronic infections (such as psittacine beak and feather disease), liver disease and even a tumor. It could be something as simple as the bird not getting the opportunity to wear the beak down normally as it would in the wild. This is where you need to look at providing environmental enrichment, and what you do there depends very much on the species of bird. Trimming the beak can return it to a normal size and shape but it would be a great idea to have the bird checked by an avian vet to look for any underlying causes that need to be managed. | 10.22.15 @ 23:13
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