“Beakicures”: BEAK MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES for Scissor Beak/ Cross Beak/ Crooked Beak Chickens Hi everyone, My partner and I are very new to urban chicken raising (as of March 2012). We have a Scissor Beak/ Cross Beak/ Crooked Beak hen in our flock and are trying desperately to find more information on how to manage her beak situation. It is still illegal to keep urban hens where we live, so we can't see a vet for fear of being 'outed' and reported. This website has been so helpful! There is SO MUCH information, scattered in so many threads, along with so much other banter that does not address the initial question to poster asked about...not to mention varying names for this condition.... it's overwhelming! So far I have found that BYC people seem to chose the following: · Human nail files (emery boards & motorized) · Human nail clippers · Pet nail files (motorized, i.e. ‘Pedi Paws’) · Pet nail clippers · Dremels (from what I understand, these are tools with small, differently shaped rotating attachments that sanding) We have likely put in over 8 hours on this site, trying to find detailed info on how to go about managing her overgrown-hawk-like beak...I hesitated to create yet another thread... until today! What if we could organize the information - it might be easier for newbies (like me) to get the information needed without needing to sift through all the other threads (yes...I am ambitious and idealistic, but it’s worth a shot right??) Here’s what I was thinking, we could organize our posts with numbered bullet points and headings, like this below. Just copy & paste, then fill in the blanks (I added some prompts to help ya get started): Preparation: (what do you do to keep your chicky calm/keep from wiggling? Tool & prop set-up? Done inside?Outside etc...) Tools/Props used: (Brand name? Speed? Attachments? etc...) Beakicure Procedure: (How do you start? What do you do? How do you end? etc...) Why does this method work for you?: (Time efficiency? Ease? etc...) Tips/Additional Info: (what TO do? What NOT to do? etc...) Videos/ Photos: (I have seen SO MANY requests for videos/photos--> PLEASE SOMEONE!! Show us what you do! A picture is worth a thousand words...and a video, maybe a zillion more!) Here is a photo of our little scissor/cross/crooked beak chicky at 3 months (who is now 7 months, with an even worse beak). We were told she was an Ameracauna...but she may be an Easter Egger. Quite the character...as most of our differently abled chickies are! I HOPE THIS THREAD PRODUCES SOME DETAILED, EASY TO FIND & HELPFUL INFO FOR THE CHICKEN KEEPERS WHO ARE NEW TO SCISSOR/CROSS/CROOKED BEAKS!!