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Trimmed Beak or Deformity?

post #1 of 5
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NOTE: If this is in the wrong area, could a mod please move it? I'm not really sure where to put it, so I did my best guess.


Hello! Last year at the end of chick season, I bought some (very flighty) yearlings from a local hatchery that had been used as breeder birds. One died of unknown causes - she was in pretty horrible shape, another had no tail feathers and was pretty ratty, one was gorgeous, and then there's this one.


Her beak doesn't seem to cause her any issues eating, foraging, or drinking, but I honestly have no real idea why it's like that. Dp you think it could cause her issues in the future?

None of the other birds' beaks were trimmed, so I'm not sure about that with her, but I guess who knows, really. She is a Delaware, and her name is Echo.


Edited by rainwolfeh - 3/22/16 at 5:42pm
post #2 of 5

It's possible it was trimmed or filed at some point or she could have broken the point off.

If it is not causing any problems with her eating and drinking then she should be fine.

She is lovely and looks well cared for:)

post #3 of 5
It's possible that her beak was filed or trimmed. It doesn't look like it is too bad to affect her foraging and grooming herself. She might have been guilty of pecking the other chickens, and the owner decided to dulll her beak. Some used to use a car lighter just to barely melt the beak to dull it. I have never trimmed or filed beaks, so I don't know a lot about it.
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Thank you both very much!! I'm super relieved that it shouldn't cause problems in the future, been worried about her.

post #5 of 5

What a precious little girl! She is beautiful.:D

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