Parakeet won’t use cuttlebone

Parakeet won’t use cuttlebone

by Anonymous

Why would my bird not be using his cuttlebone? I have a 2 and a half month old rare parakeet and I have been trying to get my bird to use his cuttlebone for 2 months now and I’ve been holding it up to him and scratching it with my fingernail to get his attention and show it to him because my bird is a VERY curious bird! He can’t keep his nose out of anything! But for some reason he just ignores it and I am very worried because his beak has become quite long and i did not want to have to get it re-shapen. PLEASE HELP!!!



You need to take your bird to an avian veterinarian. Make sure that it is a *true* avian vet as well.

Healthy birds don’t need their beaks trimmed. The issue might be diet or a disease and it’s important that you find out if this is the case.

For information about a proper parakeet diet, please see this page:

Parakeet Food

Your bird should also have a therapeutic perch like the ones recommended on this page:


That should keep his or her beak trimmed (if it’s necessary). And make sure you don’t get a sandpaper perch or cover–they can be harmful to your bird.

Please make sure you take your bird to an avian vet. An overgrown beak can be a sign of disease and it’s very important that it gets properly treated.

God bless,

Michelle Jay

Comments for Parakeet won’t use cuttlebone

Sep 12, 2012 cuttlebone alternative
by: Anonymous

I would try a large piece of bark. I have a cuttlebone in my cage as well for my budgies, but they never use it because they prefer the bark. This is birch bark, I think other kinds would work but stay away from the “pine” type of bark. They don’t like pitch!

1 reply
  1. Anonymous
    Anonymous says:

    It might be the type of cuddle bone. The first brand I got lasted 6-8 weeks. Then I ordered another type off Amazon and they gnawed through it fast. It only lasted a couple weeks. Then I ordered another brand on Amazon because I didn’t want to be buying cuddlebones so often and this one has been in their cage for 2 months. And they won’t touch it. So it might depend on the type of cuddlebone. I noticed some have certain flavors that might be more appealing. Also, the texture might make a difference too.


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