Abnormal beak growth *picture*


In the Brooder
8 Years
May 22, 2011
1) What type of bird , age and weight.
Annabelle is a 1/2 orpinton 1/2 dutch bantam. She is almost 11 months.

3) How long has the bird been exhibiting symptoms?

Her beak first looked like this 9 months ago.

4) Are other birds exhibiting the same symptoms?

5) Is there any bleeding, injury, broken bones or other sign of trauma.
At the time when we first noticed it, there was a no blood or signs of injury causing the damage.

6) What happened, if anything that you know of, that may have caused the situation.
Not at all sure.

7) What has the bird been eating and drinking, if at all.
She can eat, but I also give her a bit extra wet food because she does struggle a little more than the other hens to pick up pellets.

8) How does the poop look? Normal? Bloody? Runny? etc.

9) What has been the treatment you have administered so far?
We took her to the vet when she was 3/4 months and he clipped the beak to make it easier. We continue to clip it when it really impacts her feeding. We have only left it recently because she has been broody and so not so visible.

10 ) What is your intent as far as treatment? For example, do you want to treat completely yourself, or do you need help in stabilizing the bird til you can get to a vet?
She is my favourite and most tame bird and just want to give her the best chance of survival; whether that is by myself or with the help of a vet.

11) If you have a picture of the wound or condition, please post it. It may help.


The small curly bit has only appeared fairly recently and is most worrying to me.



Any advice welcome!

Thanks x
That looks really cool! Like a little tusk

Really though, you can trim that yourself with nail clippers or a dremmel tool.

It appears that she has, at some point, injured her beak and it did not grow back properly (they usually never do). The only thing you can do for her is keep it trimmed so that the two parts meet as best they can so it does not hinder her eating or drinking.
Thanks, do you think her little tusk has any nerves in it? I have been avoiding doing much with it incase it does. It is not as tough as the curled beak section.
Now that is a new one. I have seen cross beaks on my BFFs chickens, but I have to agree that at some point hers was injured or something. Thanks for sharing.
It looks like her comb is off-set and somewhat deformed. Are there any other strange growths on the chicken? When it comes to humans, if there are strange things and growths on the outside, there are usually strange things on the inside (i.e. brain tumors, colon polyps, and etc)
It may have a quick in it, like a normal beak portion would. I personally have never seen anything like it. If she were my bird, I'd probably just leave it alone unless it was interfearing with her ability to eat and drink. You could trim a little bit at a time to be safe.
I will definately look out for some. Although her comb was fairly normal until she got pecked by her (mean) mother when she was about 6 weeks. I think it was probably the same incident as the damage to her beak.

I have now clipped her beak but left her little tusk as it is.
that it is just an injury not something more serious.

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