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RE: possible crack in redfoot's beak -- anyone???

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Posted by: EJ at Thu Sep 8 13:04:02 2005  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by EJ ]  
   

If it is a crack you need to have it trimmed beyond the crack. If left alone, food can get caught in the crack and make it worse. I've read that if it extends too far it will never fully heal so you should address it as soon as possible.


>>this morning while feeding and soaking my redfoot (who is about 2 years old), i noticed a small, dark, vertical line on his beak. it's on his lower jaw, on his right side, toward the front, and is mainly visible when he opens his mouth because it is on the edge/rim of his beak. i got him to bite onto a wooden chopstick so i could try and get a better look (and see if whatever it was was something that would just wipe off, which it wasn't), and i *think* that you can also see the line from the inside of his mouth, which makes me think that maybe it's a crack...?
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>>naturally, i've made an appointment with the vet for monday morning. junior doesn't seem to be bothered in that he's been eating normally, but i hate the thought of him being in any discomfort. he makes a snap noise with his beak sometimes, so i don't know if this has anything to do with it or not. his beak isn't overgrown (or at least so the vet said at his annual checkup a few months ago). i've even verified with people i know that are in contact with him that he's not been dropped or anything.
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>>does anyone have any idea about this kind of thing, or any experience with it? i'm pretty worried about my baby, and any insight would be greatly appreciated.
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>>i'd post a pic if i had one, but i only this morning before work saw this. if i can get a good pic later i'll try and post it, if that will help.
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>>thanks!
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Ed @ Tortoise Keepers
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