Are Crooked Beaks bad?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by CBee, Feb 8, 2009.

  1. CBee

    CBee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have one Silkie rooster who has always had a crooked beak. It's not too terribly bad, and he can still eat, drink, etc, but could a crooked beak be bad for a chicken? Could it create respiratory problems? Because he has also had this sort of 'sneeze' thing since he was a little baby. He's a healthy bird though, other than that. I really don't want to cull him just because of a sneeze. He's almost a year old now and lives with 2 other hens who have never developed this 'sneeze' that he has.

    Should I be concerned?
     
  2. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

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    I can't speak for the sneeze but can for the crooked beak. As long as he's thriving and can eat/drink without problems, a crooked beak shouldn't cause too many problems. My banty cochin hen has a crooked beak/head, and she's fine.

    Many people will suggest that you not allow him to breed, whereas others will say it's fine. [​IMG]
     
  3. cluckychick

    cluckychick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Did you hatch him yourself? I have one that I hatched that has a crooked beak, it's small and he eats and drinks fine. I chalked it up to my opening the bator, humidity, temp issues while hatching and he/she just didn't form correctly. I don't think it's genetic.
     
  4. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

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    Mine was given to me by a cochin breeder who didn't want to keep her in the breed stock. Hard to say if crooked beaks are genetic or not.
     
  5. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger

    As long as they can eat and drink he should be fine. Some people make sure to feed in a deep bowl to make it easier for them to eat. Keeping their beak trimmed is also important if it gets really warped.
     

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