Baby Chick With Cross Beak

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Chickenlover328, Sep 23, 2018.

  1. Chickenlover328

    Chickenlover328 Hatching

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    I have a 4 week old White Crested Black Polish with a cross beak. She is the sweetest little thing and will always come to my hand when I put it in the brooder. We give her wet food mixed with Gerber baby food and we give her water with a dropper a few times per day. She acts pretty normal and is always happy, but, she is about half the size of the other chicks who are just a week older than her. She already has her feathers but she doesn't seem to be growing as fast as the other chicks (A Lavender Orpington, a Calico Princess and an Ameraucana.) Do you think that she is just a slow grower or is it because she's not getting enough of something? Also, is there anything that might help with her cross beak?
     
  2. FarmerGirl101

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    Welcome to BYC! If you could post a picture of the little chickie then that could help. No, the crossbeak should not affect growth.
     
  3. Eggcessive

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    I would stop the baby food, and mix the chick feed in a deep bowl with water. You can add some egg, or bits of liver. Probiotics may help her to gain some weight, and I am a big fan of using 1/4 to a 1/2 of a crushed B complex tablet or some nutritional yeast on her food once a day. Here are some good articles about dealing with a cross beak chick:
    https://the-chicken-chick.com/scissor-beak-aka-crossed-beak-what-it/

    https://www.fresheggsdaily.com/2016/05/causes-and-treatment-of-scissor-or.html
     
  4. Chickenlover328

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  5. FarmerGirl101

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    Can you please repost the picture
     

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