New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Cross-beak. Help please. - Page 2

post #11 of 14

Well, I just finally had to cull Brando, my cross beak EE pullet...at 16 weeks.  Her beak just kept getting worse and worse, and I couldn't keep making porridge every day...sometimes twice a day that was keeping her alive.  She grew half as much as the others, was anxious about food, as she was obviously starving.  I spoke with the state poultry vet (just happened to meet her) who told me it is always genetic.  She suggested culling at an early age unless you are for sure never going to breed them and don't mind feeding them something that they can easily scoop into their beaks.  They cannot peck, pick at foliage, works, etc. 

Sorry...I just had to be reasonable.  I have heard, however, of folks (because I posted so much about this pullet) who had successful layers with cross beaks.

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/88386_dsc04218.jpg
Brando RIP

3 White Leghorns (Left, Right, Center), 1 Cuckoo Maran (Maxine), 1 Wellsummer (Sissy), 1 Barred Rock (Barbie), 1 Mille Fleur Banty (Daisy), 3 Black Sex Links (The triplets of Belleville), 1 Red Star (Ruby Slippers), 2 Easter Eggers (Snow White & Clementine), 1 Buff Orpingtons (Jynger), 1 unknown renegade cruiser (Slim Shady), 2 Rhode Island Reds (The Kurdies), 2 Frizzles (Marshmallow...

Reply

3 White Leghorns (Left, Right, Center), 1 Cuckoo Maran (Maxine), 1 Wellsummer (Sissy), 1 Barred Rock (Barbie), 1 Mille Fleur Banty (Daisy), 3 Black Sex Links (The triplets of Belleville), 1 Red Star (Ruby Slippers), 2 Easter Eggers (Snow White & Clementine), 1 Buff Orpingtons (Jynger), 1 unknown renegade cruiser (Slim Shady), 2 Rhode Island Reds (The Kurdies), 2 Frizzles (Marshmallow...

Reply
post #12 of 14

How sad - and scary to watch it happening before your eyes hmm
Someone needs to invent an orthodontic beak brace!

post #13 of 14

sad

Will it get worse? Or stay as it is? I would think if it was a genetic issue it would have shown up sooner hu

If it stays somewhat like it is.... then its not even very obvious.... but I hope it doesent get alot worse like the above posters poor birdie hit

"I am the way, the truth, and the life;
no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me."
- Jesus (John 14:6)
Reply
"I am the way, the truth, and the life;
no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me."
- Jesus (John 14:6)
Reply
post #14 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by wrldlygrrl 

Well, I just finally had to cull Brando, my cross beak EE pullet...at 16 weeks.  Her beak just kept getting worse and worse, and I couldn't keep making porridge every day...sometimes twice a day that was keeping her alive.  She grew half as much as the others, was anxious about food, as she was obviously starving.  I spoke with the state poultry vet (just happened to meet her) who told me it is always genetic.  She suggested culling at an early age unless you are for sure never going to breed them and don't mind feeding them something that they can easily scoop into their beaks.  They cannot peck, pick at foliage, works, etc. 

Sorry...I just had to be reasonable.  I have heard, however, of folks (because I posted so much about this pullet) who had successful layers with cross beaks.

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/88386_dsc04218.jpg
Brando RIP


So sorry Brando's beak kept getting worse. Sounds like you did the right thing for her. You probably gave her 16 fun filled weeks more than others would have. Gone but not forgotten. hugs

"The world said to conform, the world said to settle for less, the world said to compromise and no one would know...so I made my own world." ~Bijan  (And filled it with chickens!!)  ~Me!

 

***Amateur thread killer. If I were paid, I'd be a Professional***

Reply

"The world said to conform, the world said to settle for less, the world said to compromise and no one would know...so I made my own world." ~Bijan  (And filled it with chickens!!)  ~Me!

 

***Amateur thread killer. If I were paid, I'd be a Professional***

Reply
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home