My very first dive into Ameraucanas (as hatching eggs) and got three dramatic cross beaks out of 24 eggs. I kept the one that could eat reasonably well and never bred any of the batch. I have not delved back into the breed but hope to hatch a few quality birds this year.
Our very first chicks were EEs from our local Orscheln store & 1 of them developed cross beak at about 2 weeks of age. Of course a female. Her beak was so far out of line that we had to cull her. Even though it's all a part of the cycle of life it's still sad to see. Especially being our first & starting out with only 5 to begin with. And she had such a strong little will to live!
Yea, I am sad that I will have to cull the little ones. We have only had to cull one chick before and that was because it had an unabsorbed yolk sac and was suffering. These don't seem to suffer now, although I know they might in the future. Getting into breeding I prepared myself to have to cull but I always imagined we could at least allow them to get old enough for us to eat. Doesn't seem as sad that way, and not such a waste of a life...