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Chipped beak?

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My chickens are roughly 3 1/2 months old. When I went outside to hand feed my girls some meal work treats, I noticed one of my Rhode Island Reds had (what looked like) the tip of her beak missing. It's not a large piece, but I wasn't sure if this had to do with the fact of her being young and still developing, she chipped her beak somehow or if it was indicative of something else going on. I took pictures of it from several angles and would love commentary from the more seasoned hen raisers. It almost looks like she is 'shedding' the tip of a former beak and developing a sturdier one. I don't know if that is even possible?




post #2 of 4
Just a simple chip, from the looks of it. The pattern of breakage is unusual but it shouldn't be anything to be worried about. She will grind it back to a rounded point through normal wear and feeding. You can also trim to the extra bits away using canine toe nail clippers, if you want.

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200 something birds. 8 species. ♥ Norman ♥ Norma ♥ Misha ♥ and ♥ Taylor ♥ are my babies.
Visit Norman the Rooster's Thread Here!
Breeding Sex Linked Silkies, Gamefowl, and EEs/OEs. Amateur genetics buff. Caponization practitioner/advocate.
Working at The Poultry Palace in Placerville, CA. Come see us for started pullets, chicks, Bar Ale feed, & more!

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post #3 of 4

rkervell, I had the same thing happen to my Speckled Sussex last summer.  She was just a year old.  Make sure your hen can eat.  Mine could but I also helped her out with some yogurt, fruit, etc.  Also watch the other hens.  Mine was picked on until her beak grew back.  Good luck!

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Lisa   (one very special husband, 1 ornery cat, 2 Australorps, 6 EEs, 3 Speckled Sussexs,)

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post #4 of 4

That isn't enough that it won't grow back. I don't think you even need to try to do anything about it.

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