Broken beak, please help!!

Nika B

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Hi!
I have had two flocks of chickens, though sadly my first flock got attacked by a weasel after about a year and a half. Never had a beak issue until now, when I went out and noticed that my Easter Egger hen (bottom of the pecking order) is having the top part of her beak sort of cracked and misplaced. It has a little blood around the injury and is clearly very painful. I gave her some homemade layer mash mixed with clover, her favorite treat, and she ate a good bit of it, but not without pain. She is very docile and sweet but hated being burritoed in a towel, so I am worried about having to Krazy Glue it (also because I don't have very steady hands). Do you think she would be okay without the glue if I just keep feeding her until it heals? Can I put her I with the flock since I don't have a very large one (only three hens total)? How do I get her water and will the water from the mash be enough? We also have a nipple feeder and it is very hot out, so I'm assuming she needs more than the mash, Any help or answers will be appreciated. Thank you.
 

Lady of McCamley

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Can you give a pic of the beak?

Chickens can live and eat without the top part of the top beak. Commercially that is known as a trimmed beak to prevent pecking in the close commercial cages.

However, pain would need to be addressed which might mean removing broken beak parts to make a clean cut or possibly crazy glue if it is a small crack.

I haven't personally done this, so hopefully someone who has personal success will pipe in.

But do give us a photo as that can help us assess what might be best.

LofMc
 

Nika B

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Here is a photo. Not the best shot, and it's worse on the other side, but she wouldn't turn her head
 

Nika B

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Here it is, I don't think it went through the first time
 

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Nika B

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I gave her a bowl of cold water, seemed to be able to drink it. Other chickens don't seem to be pecking as much, which is good. I'm planning to let her be in the coop/run with the other hens and just feed her the mush twice a day and keep her water bowl full. Does that sound good to all of you? Or do I need to do something else to repair it? Thank you all so much for the help!
 

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