by Heike Ewing Ott
I’ve seen a lot of questions come in over the years asking if beak pealing is normal in parrots. This is something that is seen when the bird gets a bit past the baby stage. The beak continues to grow throughout a parrot’s life, so it is constantly changing. Anyway, below is the answer to the beak pealing question.
As long as we’re talking about beaks, I’ll mention the peeling thing again. The beak grows in layers, and as a new layer grows in underneath, the “dead” layer changes color slightly, and normally is rubbed off during the activities that it endures in the wild. The “peeling” is normal, but I have seen one or two instances of the “dead” layer getting caught, resulting in minor damage to the beak. So, you can file the edges smooth with a regular nail file or emery board, and that should take care of it.