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Anyone have any thoughts on what has happened to this chicken's beak? I just noticed it yesterday, she (I say, she, turns out she is probably a he - that is a whole separate issue) is one of 5. The other 4 all look fine. The behavior of all of them seems fine, haven't noticed anything odd. 

 

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Definitely a cockerel, sorry. One of the four Barred Rock pullets I ordered this spring turned out to be a cockerel as well. Barred Rocks can be sexed by color once they have feathered in. Pullets are blacker, cockerels are more silver.

I've seen that beak thing happen in my own flock occasionally. I'm not sure what causes it, but I'm guessing probably pecking on hard surfaces, e.g. scratch grains on a concrete sidewalk. The handful of birds I've had with that all healed on their own, with no infections or anything, and still managed to eat and drink just fine. I can't remember if any of them grew their beak back or not. I don't think they did.

ETA: I doubt they grow the beak back. Commercial layers are debeaked as chicks, very similar to your cockerel, and the beaks don't grow back.
Edited by Cowgirl71 - 7/13/16 at 6:37pm
www.youtube.com/watch?v=xzHpYyB_F3U

Currently 30 guineas & 49 chickens. Australorp, Buff Orpington, Barred Rock, Rhode Island Red, Easter Egger, Dark Cornish, Brown Leghorn, & American Gamefowl.

Raising 100% Grass-Fed Black Angus beef in the beautiful Missouri Ozarks. No grain, GMOs, antibiotics, or hormones. Lots of green grass and sunshine, the way beef is supposed to be raised.

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www.youtube.com/watch?v=xzHpYyB_F3U

Currently 30 guineas & 49 chickens. Australorp, Buff Orpington, Barred Rock, Rhode Island Red, Easter Egger, Dark Cornish, Brown Leghorn, & American Gamefowl.

Raising 100% Grass-Fed Black Angus beef in the beautiful Missouri Ozarks. No grain, GMOs, antibiotics, or hormones. Lots of green grass and sunshine, the way beef is supposed to be raised.

www.seaagri.com
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Appreciate the input. I wasn't too worried, as his demeanor was normal and he wasn't looking malnourished or anything. But wanted to make sure. 

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