I would say your mash recipe is a great idea to try and get her weight where it should be (not sure what it should be at her age, but you could try weighing the others of the same breed and comparing). I would feed her things that really encourage her to want more and raw egg is definitely one of them, although I'm sure others would disagree. The only thing I haven't used in your mix before is oatmeal but if it works, use it. Other things I've used; plain yogurt with live cultures and molasses. I'm not sure how easy it would be for her to eat wet food but for under the weather chickens or as a treat I'll usually add water to the chick starter and then mix in the other stuff . For whatever reason chickens seem to enjoy the wet food better than when it's dry.
If the other ameraucana continues to bother crossbeak then I would either sell the bully on craigslist or buy a chicken saddle or anti-pick stuff for crossbeak's back. I have a semi -blind hen and a neurologically disabled hen in my flock and I've sold all the hens that seemed to give them the hardest time, only because they are favorites and the bully hens weren't. It was amazing to me, I would never have thought that they could hang with the rest of the flock, 22 altogether, but they do fine now that I've gotten rid of the ones that seemed to look for opportunities to be jerks. There are very docile hens and bully hens in the chicken world and all you have to do is watch to find out who's who.
When you try to file her beak here are a few tips:
- have her between your legs with her head facing away from you with a towel wrapped around her body to keep her in place and keep her from flapping while you work.
- hold firmly onto the top or bottom portion of her beak (whichever you are working on) with one hand and hold the file with the other hand. You'll need to slip the file into her mouth in a perpendicular fashion working the file back and forth.. The top half of her beak will grow more, in my experience, than the bottom half and fortunately it's the easier to file. With the bottom half you'll need to be careful not to file her gum and you'll need to have a very good grip on it so it doesn't jar her jaw uncomfortably.
- I've only had to do this with one hen and surprisingly she didn't seem to mind it too much but I was very patient, slow, gentle and persistent.
Edited by CSisley - 5/16/12 at 10:27am