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Pic of cracked beak, help please

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What would you recommend?

7 month old EE.  No idea how it happened.  Don't see other signs of any injury or fight.

She has taken bread crumbs from my hand but hesitant to eat crumbles or forage.  

I have not seen her drink water.

IF she is not drinking water, how long can a hen go?

post #2 of 7

You may want to read through this.

http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2013/01/repairing-chickens-broken-beak.html

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You may want to read through this.

http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2013/01/repairing-chickens-broken-beak.html


Exactly the article I would recommend.

post #4 of 7
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Thank you guys.

 

If it's patched and glued, and she still doesn't drink, what kind of time frame do I have to decide something?  How long without water?

 

I have some sliced bananas in the freezer, and some fresh grapes.  Should I put that in the blender and give it for food for a couple days?

post #5 of 7

You can give her water orally if needed. Read this thread and look at the video's on page one and the pictures on page 2.

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/805728/go-team-tube-feeding

If you need further instructions you can contact @casportpony. She's the one that supplied the pictures on page 2. Before attempting this you need to know where the crop is located and the wind pipe as you don't want liquid to enter the windpipe the pictures will make that clear which is which.

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post #6 of 7
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Update for this issue:

 

I was not able to glue the beak.  She fidgeted too much when I got the glue close to her, even though I tried to keep the eyes covered with a t-shirt.

 

I only brushed the cracks with a small paint brush of vetericyn a couple times a day.

 

Kept her in a box in the house for 8 days.  The first day or two, I used a dropper to give water.  She began eating boiled egg and feed slowly about the 2nd night.  Gradually got better and drank on her own.  Best I can tell, it just closed and healed/scarred whatever, and got more solid with time.

 

After the week in the house, I said "you gotta go see if you can mingle on your own."  I let everyone out to forage, and then took her out as well.  That evening she roosted, and sorta hid her face, head down, etc. to keep anyone from pecking at her.  She foraged slowly at first, probably still very sore.  But all came along okay.

 

She did not lay her first egg til she was 10 months old.  I am guessing she's a late bloomer, as well as the stress of the ordeal.  She's as normal as anyone now, except for she attacks my ankles sometimes from behind me.  She never approaches from the front, only charges when my back is to her.  LOL, weirdo.  I kept her from being tortured by the others, and she repays me like this.  

post #7 of 7

Always nice to hear a good outcome for an injury like this. I am very happy that she is well now and getting along with the flock.

:thumbsup

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