12 day old hatchling with crossbeak.

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by pafarmgirl, Apr 19, 2009.

  1. pafarmgirl

    pafarmgirl Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi. This started at just before one week, not very extreme and I bought Penetran that day and started cell salts (Bioplasma) two days ago. It hasnt improved, but hasnt worsened. She is eatting well and is one of the two largest of 10. She hatched first and almost two days early. I would love instructions on how to apply the Penetran, I have been using a q-tip and putting it on the side the bottom is pulling toward. One tablet of Bioplasma in the water bottle (little less than a quart) does this sound right? She is an Americauna.
     
  2. gpamela3499

    gpamela3499 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 26, 2009
    Near San Fran Ca
    I heard crossbeak was untreatable and genetic. I had to cull my sweetie because of it. [​IMG]


    If there is a treatment like this I would like to know. I am looking forward to the replys to this post also.
     
  3. nzpouter

    nzpouter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    cull it.. cross beak usually gets worse as the bird grew....
     
  4. pafarmgirl

    pafarmgirl Out Of The Brooder

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    There has been some success with crossbeak if treated immediately, or so Ive read. Penetran is a human medication used for arthritus, you apply it on the jaw the beak is pulling toward. It is a penetrating medication that relaxes muscles. Bioplasma is a cell salt you buy at a health food store and is also advised. Poly-Vi-Sol is a baby vitamin suggested in case its vitamin deficiency, get no iron type.
    I'm certainly not ready to cull, as it has gotten no worse, the chick is eatting, drinking and pooping. She is one of the two biggest of 10 and seems to be holding her weight. I was hoping somebody had had success with this and could tell me if I'm applying things right.
     
  5. gpamela3499

    gpamela3499 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 26, 2009
    Near San Fran Ca
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  6. mandolinmama

    mandolinmama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My favorite hen was one with crossbeak. She was hand fed a lot in order to make sure that she got enough, so she got pretty spoiled. If she saw me walk to the shed (where I keep feed) she'd fly right up and sit on my arm. After she'd eat, she'd pick at my hair and rest in my lap. She never was an egg layer, but I didn't care. She was a good friend.
    I wouldn't cull your bird. I'd nurture her. [​IMG]
     
  7. baldie

    baldie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 25, 2008
    Douglas, MA
    My Claudette a red sex link will be one year old May 12th and she was born with crossbeak. I have never done anything but trim it, and that was recently. She lives with all my other chickens and is doing great.
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    This was her last summer
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    This is her a couple weeks ago. She lives a normal life like all the rest, and she is the friendliest little girl I have!
     
  8. pafarmgirl

    pafarmgirl Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you, shes already showing quite a personality.
     
  9. gpamela3499

    gpamela3499 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 26, 2009
    Near San Fran Ca
    I noticed that if the deformity is on the top beak there is a greater chance of living. Mine had the defornmity on the bottom.
     
  10. pafarmgirl

    pafarmgirl Out Of The Brooder

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    Mine, the bottom is going over. I cant decide whether it may be getting a little worse or not. Shes funny, all the chicks scramble when I reach in their pen, but she just knows its me coming after her. Last year I had 28 from a hatchery and I handled and took pics of them all often, but it seems Im spending 'handling' time taking care of the crossbeak, I think we will name her (or him) Gonzo.
     
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