I got her from a feed store in NC. She was about 3-4 months old at the time, not sure exactly (see first pic). She was in a pen with about 20 other pullets. I have bought about 15 chickens from this feed store. None have had this beak issue so I am pretty sure they didn't do it themselves. I was actually in there Friday and talked to the owner about finding some wood ash. Anyway, I asked him where he got his birds from. He said a couple of places locally and also from Mt. Healthy Hatchery in Cincinnati, Oh so who knows.
I picked her up for the first time to today to clean out her nose. She did not like me holding her. I was really surprised at how much she struggled and how she never really settled down. You know how eventually a bird will settle down if you hold them close to you, she acted like she was in a panic the whole time. I did clean her nose up though but it made me think she didn't like to be touched because perhaps she remembers being debeaked. Just a guess, I have no idea if that's why she struggled so much. Funny, because she walks around me in the run all the time as if she trusts me but man when I picked her up it was no pretty.