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I have a 7 week old Americana chick who is very small, she all so has a very cured beak with a short lower beak and an odd fleshy growth under her beak. she is only slightly bigger then my Bantams of the same age. I am hopping someone will have some ideas how to help her grow. Thank you

 

 

 

 

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These kinds of beak issues are seen in Easter Egger* and sometimes pure Ameraucana stock more frequently than other breeds; it usually manifests as a crooked or scissor beak, but sometimes develops like this. Trimming the beak a little may help, as could providing a deep dish for her to eat from - but the small size is most likely because she is not able to eat enough to grow properly. The fact that her beak is already impacting her ability to eat at such a young age suggests that her lifespan may not be all that long, so be prepared to potentially lose her.

*The bird you have is not an "Americana" (correct spelling Ameraucana) but an Easter Egger. These are hatchery stock Ameraucana hybrids, and are very frequently mislabeled as Ameraucanas/Americanas.

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Easter Egger, I am good with that. I had come to that realization already just hoping to find ways to make her life better. Any thoughts on the fatty tissue under her beak?
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I can't really see that from this angle. It could be an odd shape of wattle tissue, it could be a simple growth, could be a side effect of the beak issues.

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Working at The Poultry Palace in Placerville, CA. Come see us for started pullets, chicks, Bar Ale feed, & more!

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Hi and welcome to BYC - you have some great advice already so I'll just say hello!

 

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CT

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I think she isn't eating well enough or the other chicks may bully her away.  Maybe if you hand/ spoon fed her some soft foods like, scrambled egg, plain yogurt,  warm oatmeal   it would help  her fill out.    With the extreme  beak issues, there is also the  chance, she has deformities you can't see.

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