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5 yr. Hen injured, now has dislocated beak

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by slukeplass22, Jul 11, 2019.

  1. So my 5 year old Easter Egger was picked up by my mother about 2.5 ft. above the ground before she fidgeted and tumbled out of her arms, and landed on her back in the grass and rolled over onto her feet. I examined her face and neck area and she seemed perfectly fine - no signs of injury as far as I could tell. She just seemed (understandably) tired from the fall.

    So I left for an hour before coming back and now her beak is misaligned - like a minor case of scissor/crossed beak. She's always had a normal beak all her life until now.

    What exactly happened, and what should I do? All I know of is giving her vitamins and protein to help her cope, but since this is an injury and not a genetic problem I can't seem to find anything. She can grab hard boiled egg yolks, but she can't grab the whites - so I know this is affecting her ability to eat.

    I had also trimmed her top beak a few days ago as it was a bit long, and flat on the end (not pointed). Right now her top beak is a bit shorter than normal and flat still. I'm hoping she hones it into a pointed beak this time.

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    Last edited: Jul 11, 2019
  2. Okay so I checked on her again. It's her lower jaw that's dislocated. Somehow it is slightly off, as you can see in the images I uploaded. Still not sure what to do.

    Right now she isn't hungry and has a full crop so I'm just letting her rest with the others. They seem fine with her being with them.
  3. cheekychick3

    cheekychick3 Songster

    Apr 30, 2019
    Hi, sorry this happened to your lovely girl. I cannot help you in regards of
    her beak. Bless her. But someone on here will reply soon to help you, i am sure.
    You say, she has trouble with whites of egg. Maybe try her with boiled eggs and
    put them through a blender, with a little plain yogurt, and add some fresh chopped
    herbs with it. Parsley is good ect. Tuna too, whatever you feel is good for her. And
    what she likes. If you put all her food through blender, it may help her, as then it will
    be soft, and easier to grab it. At least you know then she is getting the vitamins and
    protein, until you get help for her beak issue. Someone on here will help you soon.
    Good luck.
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  4. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Enabler

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
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  5. The only avian vet I know of around here doesn’t treat chickens, only euthanizes them. So I’m kinda on my own here.
  6. I fed her 4 mashed up, hard boiled eggs and she ate 3 by herself.
  7. UPDATE: She can do most things with her beak that she'd normally do. I've seen her preening herself and eating the crumbled feed, and she also can drink water, but I haven't seen her drink any. I gave her the vitamins and I also gave her some water. I had to convince her to take the vitamins, but she did drink the water willingly, but only a little bit.

    My main concern is that if her jaw isn't treated soon she'll make it worse by using it. Should I try to re-align it and wrap it with something like vetwrap overnight and see how she is at dawn? She might panic having something like that on her beak though.
  8. UPDATE: This morning I checked on her. She’s slower and less active. I set out some layer mash and she seems to be eating that.
  9. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Enabler

    Sep 20, 2015
    Southern N.C. Mountains
    Can you get a photo of her from the side?
    Have you noticed if she has anything inside the beak like a crusty buildup?
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