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Buckbeak - the crossbeak chicken *PICS*

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by snugglepup, Nov 14, 2007.

  1. snugglepup

    snugglepup Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is my lil crossbeak boy. He hatched from some of my hatchery girls. We were planning to cull him, but.... well, he's not going anywhere. He does very well. Weight is good, tons of personality, very friendly. I am working on clicker training him. He's a nut! [​IMG]
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    Isn't he handsome! (with the exception of his screwed up beak and the food all over his face. LOL!)
     
  2. Judymae

    Judymae Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think he is adorable!!!
     
  3. okiechick57

    okiechick57 Chillin' With My Peeps

    OH Happy day for Buckbeak........great looking guy ! [​IMG]
     
  4. debashan

    debashan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Seems like the ones with slight imperfections, always excel in something. He sure looks happy and healthy!!! Good Job!!!
     
  5. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    Neat!! He's gorgeous!
     
  6. lacyloo

    lacyloo Cooped Up

    May 26, 2007
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    cuteee
     
  7. snugglepup

    snugglepup Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks! He thinks he is especially handsome with his hackles blowing in the wind... If only he could convince the hens. He got the tar beat out of him when he tried to give Muffy the business this weekend. He was not successful. Poor guy.
     
  8. TerrasCritters

    TerrasCritters In a new coop

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    He looks really good.
    This can be corrected with parrots, but i dont know with chickens, we got one chick from a feed store it was one of three polish we baught, I swear when we got them this one didnt have what is also called "sissor beak" but then i could of just not noticed it, it eventually died from not being able to eat well enough.
    Your boy is the only adult i have seen with this sissor beak who survived! Thats GREAT. He looks happy and healthy as anyone!
    Way to go!
     
  9. snugglepup

    snugglepup Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have done a lot of research on this since we were raising this guy. It seems there are 2 primary forms of crossbeaks in chickens. One is present at birth and is incubational/genetic and usually fatal. The other shows up much later, like 6 weeks and is caused by a deformity in the sinus bones which cause the face/beak to grow outtawhack (thats my scientific term). The second form is definitely genetic, but usually less severe. Buckbeak has the second. He seemed fine when he popped out, but around 4-6 weeks we noticed his face was growing wonky (another scientific term).

    We trim about every 2 weeks with the dremel, to keep him comfortable and he eats out of the feed bin. He's very spunky! He has also broken into the house a few times, and scared the crap out of me. We have an old house, and the doors don't always shut well. He learned to fly up and fling himself at the kitchen door window and a couple times it has popped open... and he helped himself to a bag of cat food. Inside chicken!
     
  10. TerrasCritters

    TerrasCritters In a new coop

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    [​IMG] Now thats a funny story! I would freak out too!
     

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