It can be quite alarming when your bird grinds it’s beak.
The movements are so small, and the noise is so loud, many people think that their parrot has something stuck in his or her mouth.
Some even think their parrot they are choking!
Have you ever heard your parrot make an unusual noise and move its beak in a way they don’t usually do?
They could be grinding their beak. Keep reading to find out why your parrot is doing this.
To answer your question, parrots grind their beak when they are fulfilled or tired. You shouldn’t be worried when they do this. It is perfectly normal and means they are relaxed and happy. Researchers think they could also be doing this as a way to keep their beak trim.
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When does a parrot grind its beak?
Parrots usually grind their beaks near to their bedtime.
It shows a feeling of content, happiness and relaxation.
When parrots are falling asleep, they gently move their beak from side to side which sounds like a scratching noise.
People tend to get alarmed when their parrot makes this noise.
It might be because they usually grind their beaks when they are half asleep!
What does beak grinding sound like?
Many people describe beak grinding as a scratching sound, others describe it as a clicking sound.
It does sound like they have a seed or other food stuck in their beak!
Rest assured, your parrot is absolutely fine, and they are just getting ready to settle for the night.
If you’ve never heard the sound before; it’s a bit like when we scratch a rough surface with our nails, which makes sense as a parrot beak is made of keratin, just like human nails!
Next time you put your parrot to bed, listen out for the noise!
Do parrots feel pain when they grind their beaks?
It might sound like your parrot is in pain when they grind their beaks as the noise is quite unusual.
However, they aren’t in any pain and it is a natural thing for them to do.
Some researchers think it is a way for the birds to stop their beaks from getting too long.
Grinding the beak might shave off any unwanted bits!
A bit like when we bite our nails or cut our hair.
However, if you are worried about your pet, you should seek advice from your vet.
How often should my parrot grind its beak?
Because your parrot grinds its beak when he or she is sleepy, you can expect your parrot to grind its beak very often!
If your parrot has been playing a lot and needs a nap, you can expect your parrot to grind its beak as soon as he or she is put back in their cage for bed.
Should I give my parrot something to grind its beak on?
If you feel like you want to give your parrot something to grind its beak on.
You could try giving him or her some cuttlebone.
Cuttlebone is a great treat for your bird as it has lots of good nutrients in it, such as calcium.
Cuttlebone is also fantastic at keeping your bird’s beak nice and trim.
A good addition to your birdcage is a beak grinding stone.
Beak grinding stones sound a bit scary but it’s not at all.
It is a nutrient-filled rough perch that your bird can sit on but also grind its beak.
Parrots like to rub their beaks on rough surfaces to prevent the beak from getting too long and misshapen.
Your bird will naturally try to keep its beak clean and trim, but a nice treat will make your parrot happy, as well as keep his or her beak healthy.
Should I check to see if my parrot’s beak is healthy?
Absolutely! It is so important to make sure your parrots’ beak is healthy.
Parrots have plenty of opportunities to wear their beak down.
They might rub their beak on rough surfaces and grind their beak.
You can also give your bird cuttlebone or a perch to chew on.
This will ensure the beak is trimmed and not too long.
If you notice your bird’s beak looking too long or abnormal, do not try to cut its beak yourself.
Parrots have a large blood supply that runs through the beak.
If you cut it, it will bleed a tonne.
You should take your pet to an avian vet if you think there is a problem.
It is interesting to know that many people think that parrots grind their beaks for the same reason humans grind their teeth, stress and anxiety.
However, this is simply not the case.
Parrots grind their beak for completely the opposite reasons!
When a bird grinds its beak, it is perfectly normal and simply means they are content and a little bit sleepy!
So, in conclusion, you needn’t worry about your pet making funny scratching sounds at night time. They are just ready to get some sleep.