Beak is shattered. PICS graphic

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by CityGirlintheCountry, Apr 30, 2009.

  1. CityGirlintheCountry

    CityGirlintheCountry Green Eggs and Hamlet

    Jul 7, 2007
    Middle TN



    He was fine this morning. When I got home from work his beak was mangled. What do I do? Do I have to cull him? [​IMG]
    He's still acting fine (doing the deed with the girls and calling them over for food). He's pecking at the ground for food, but I don't know that he's actually getting any. Once he gets quiet for the night I can get a closer view.
    What do I do?
    Last edited: Apr 30, 2009
  2. rancher hicks

    rancher hicks Chicken Obsessed

    Feb 28, 2009
    Syracuse, NY
    I would think since he's eating just let him live. Do beaks grow back? They're made of the same stuff as our finger nails right?
  3. IHeartCapnHook

    IHeartCapnHook Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 30, 2009
    North Dallas
    I'm still new to the chicken owning thing, but one thing I do know... some people clip the day old chick's beak with nail clippers to prevent future egg eating. I have one that I bought with her beak that looks similar to yours. She's 10 months old and healthy and plump.
    So, my guess is, he will be just fine [​IMG]
  4. heritagebirds

    heritagebirds Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2008
    Eastern Shore MD
    I got some hens second-hand that had their beaks cauterized by the previous-previous owner... They are doing fine and eat quite well....their beaks look alot like that... I would let him give it a go.
  5. CityGirlintheCountry

    CityGirlintheCountry Green Eggs and Hamlet

    Jul 7, 2007
    Middle TN
    I just got a bottle of penG (antibiotic) to take care of a bumblefoot problem in another chicken. Should I give him a dose too?

    He's so sad looking... [​IMG]
  6. LilPeeps

    LilPeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 13, 2007
    SE Mass
    He'll survive. Looking at it, the quick is still somewhat intact, as long as it isn't too damaged, the beak should grow back. If not, he'll just look like he was debeaked and it will not fully regrow. He will still be able to eat and drink but he may need a deep food dish and fertility may be down due to him having a hard time grabbing onto the girls.
  7. chicklady63

    chicklady63 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 10, 2009
    Is it possible that he was chased and ran head-on into something? I think he will be fine though.
    Good luck.
  8. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    YOur guy should be okay...
    I wouldn't use any antibiotics because he doesn't have an infection.
    I wouldn't use aspirin either only because it's like when you break your finger nail way down and how it bleeds...and how tender it is.

    Rancher hicks is correct. Spurs and beaks are made of the same thing as our finger nails. so his beak should grow back.
  9. CityGirlintheCountry

    CityGirlintheCountry Green Eggs and Hamlet

    Jul 7, 2007
    Middle TN
    Whew. Y'all are making me feel so much better. I was slightly freaking.

    Okay. No antibiotics unless it looks infected.
  10. peepsnbunnies

    peepsnbunnies Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 31, 2007
    Central Florida
    I believe that his beak will grow back. It may not look as pretty as his original beak though. I say that because I had a similar situation. I had 2 roos that would fight, there was 1"X2" wire between their pens. I did not want them to be able to peck each other so I put 1/2"X 1/2" hardware cloth between the pens. One of the roos evidently got his beak stuck in the hardware cloth and ripped it off! It was hanging to the side by just a little flap of skin. I ended up clipping it off with cuticle scissors. I tried putting some neosporin on it, but it would not stay on. He ate and drank fine and his beak has grown back. It looks a little different now, this only happened a few months ago, maybe it will look a little better as time goes on. I hope so because it seems to be a little shorter than the bottom part, I hope so since he is such a handsome boy. He has not problems eating at all. Sorry for he graphic pic, the ones I took after I cleaned him up were blurry.


    Hope your boy does fine

    Lisa [​IMG]

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