A bird’s outer beak is made of keratin and grows continuously much like our fingernails. Birds generally wear down their beak naturally and do not usually require regular beak trimming. However, there are some cases where birds develop an abnormal beak, or their beak becomes overgrown.

If not corrected, an overgrown beak can prevent birds from performing daily tasks such as climbing, preening, and eating, leading to malnutrition and other health problems.

Overgrown Break Budgie

What Causes an Overgrown Beak?

An overgrown beak can result from a developmental problem, nutritional deficiency, illness, or it can also be due to trauma or injury.

In these cases, the two different parts of the beak (the upper and lower) may start to miss each other, which becomes a problem as the area that is not connecting with the opposite beak then continues to grow. If this occurs, then beak correction is generally recommended.

How Do You Trim A Bird’s Beak?

An experienced avian vet should always perform beak corrections and trims. In most cases, this procedure can be performed with your bird awake; however, in more serious cases (or if your bird is very nervous or stressed) a short anaesthesia is sometimes needed.

At The Unusual Pet Vets, we perform beak corrections using a specialised burr that gently and precisely mimics the natural erosion of the beak. This technique allows us to file the beak down to its optimal shape where the top and bottom beaks align again.

Break Trimming
Overgrown break

Does It Hurt to Trim A Bird’s Beak?

Beak corrections should not hurt. An overgrown beak is like an overgrown fingernail, and the process of trimming the beak is like filing the whites of a fingernail. There is no nerve or sense of pain in the overgrown area. Therefore, if performed correctly, and only the appropriate amount is trimmed, your bird won’t feel any pain at all.

How Often Do Beak Trims Need To be Performed?

If your bird’s beak is abnormal or overgrown, regular beak corrections may be required every 1-12 months.

If you have noticed that your birds top or bottom beak looks overgrown or appears abnormal in any way, please get in touch with us. You can make an appointment online or phone your local Unusual Pet Vets team directly.

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I had my guinea pig Dasher booked in for castration and microchipping as part of the Hop Start Package and the staff there were very friendly, insightful, professional and helped to calm my nerves about the surgery. All went really really well and Dasher is loving his new food. I highly recommend them.

Neek Dianne Blackburn


Absolutely exceptional, every team member I encountered conducted themselves with absolute professionalism, compassion and care, and should be commended for their awesome work especially with the changed conditions they have had to accommodate for during COVID19.

Couldn’t recommend highly enough.

Thank you for going above and beyond to make the loss of our little man Winnie (ferret) as peaceful and painless as possible.

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I cannot thank Dr Kelly and her staff enough for taking such great care of my 2-year-old Blackmoor goldfish ‘Pepper-Potts’.

Removing her eye has given her back her quality of life, she is a very happy girl again. Incredible knowledge, experience & great love and care was given, thank you so very much. 

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Megan Michelle


I can’t speak highly enough about the team of vets and vet nurses who saved my baby weiro when he was very close to passing away. The service and care have been exceptional from the very start! Outstanding communication, phone call follow-ups, prompt replies to emails, extremely professional, so caring and empathetic. They really are just AMAZING at The Unusual Pet Vets.

A very special thank you to Dr Luke, who has been so committed to saving my little bird from day one and holding onto hope for him. My family and I are so thankful for you and your team for all you have done for him and for his ongoing care and treatment. You guys are awesome!

Milly Milloy


We are so happy to have now found our bird Buddy a fantastic vet service. The service we received from Dr Kelly and her team from start to finish was so welcoming and friendly. 

Cass C


I have been taking my python to Dr Josh since I got her 5 years ago. He is always very compassionate and goes through everything in great detail. In the beginning, I asked a LOT of questions and he always made time to answer as soon as he could. The new clinic is fantastic, and I know my animals are 100% safe and comfortable whilst there.

Madhra Bradley


Always a pleasure visiting unusual pet vets. They take good care of our birds and answer any of our questions with in-depth responses. I have seen Dr Sam a few times and it’s obvious he loves his job and the animals he treats, and I’m sure all the doctors are the same. 10/10 thanks so much!

Alex Hamilton


Fantastic care as always for our bunny with gut stasis. They called to bring our appointment forward to make sure that he received any necessary care as quickly as possible and gave us great information about the problem and the follow-up care and treatment. So reassuring to know that you are in expert hands.

Jessica Scott


A wonderful clinic that accepted an adorable, yet dazed Eastern Yellow Robin after it flew into my window. It was such a relief this service was available on a Sunday afternoon before a public holiday. Such commitment to preserving the wellness of our beautiful native wildlife must be commended, we’re so fortunate to have these dedicated saints.

Nina Pearman


Absolutely the best vet, they are so caring and dedication to their job. I cannot recommend them enough. Thank you.

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