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crooked beak?

post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 

We acquired a girl with a crooked beak. Shes sweet and lays her eggs like a good girl. seems to have no problems eating. A bit shyer that our other girls but I'm not sure if that's breed related or not. 

Guy though it was an early injury during her first days as a chick. 

so my questions are....

Is this likely an injury thing?

OR 

Genetic

Will she pass it to offspring? 

post #2 of 6
I've had several, and if they don't thrive, I cull them. I did have one who figured out how to get in the feed container and eat, and she lived to lay very nicely. I would never have hatched any of her eggs though, as I believe that it may be genetic. She was culled yesterday with half of the rest of my flock due to unrelated reasons.
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post #3 of 6
Thread Starter 

yes I read your post, and again my heart goes out to you.

So genetic? I see. I did not realize that more oft than not they cant eat. 

That would be horrible to deal with so yeah hatching her eggs would not be wise. 

post #4 of 6
If she eats well enough to live, trim her beak back now and then, it will help her scoop food up.
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post #5 of 6
Thread Starter 

How do I trim a beak? 

post #6 of 6
Like toenails. It has a horn part and a quick part. Just nip off bits of the front edges of the top beak a little at a time. If you get into the quick, it will bleed like mad but isn't anything to freak out about, it will stop in time, just like a toe. You'll get the hang of it pretty quickly.
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