Are chickens top beak suppose to be longer than the bottom 'beak'?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by lisa42, Oct 3, 2009.

  1. lisa42

    lisa42 New Egg

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    I got two isa brown hens (rhode island *i think* cross) yesterday, they eat their laying mash perfectly fine but i've noticed their top beaks are shorter than the bottom beak. like it has been clipped, but i'm not sure if thats normal? thanks im new to owning chickens
     
  2. australorp_breeder

    australorp_breeder Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've never heard of the bottom being longer unless they have been clipped. A lot of people will clip the top part of the beak so their chickens don't peck each other if they are in large numbers. It will grow back over time.
     
  3. Elite Silkies

    Elite Silkies Overrun With Chickens

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    They probably clipped the top beak. It will grow back out. But, usually they don't clip unless it's requested. Most hatcheries give that as a choice.
     

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