Chick Problem

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Critter Crazy, Apr 24, 2007.

  1. Critter Crazy

    Critter Crazy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 19, 2007
    Binghamton, NY
    One of my chicks seems to have a weird beak. The uppper part is curved, and the bottom is straight, so there is a gap. She still seems to be eating and drinking okay, but will this affect her later?? She will be 4 weeks old tomarrow. It seems to have gotten worse from the first time I noticed, about 3 weeks ago. Here are a couple of pics, it is ard to get a good clear pic, but I did my best!

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  2. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    It seems that she has a twisted beak. She can live a happy and normal life and chickens that have it usually adapt to their situation. I've never had a chicken with twisted beak, but I've heard several times that they will learn to "scoop" feed into their mouth as opposed to pecking at it.
    I have also heard that it will become worse as they grow, but it will reach a certain point when they are done growing. At that point, you can trim or file her beak like you would a fingernail to help her eat more normally.
    She probably won't like you trimming her beak at first, but once she knows you aren't hurting her, she'll get used to it.
     
  3. Critter Crazy

    Critter Crazy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 19, 2007
    Binghamton, NY
    Quote:I just want to make sure she will lead a good life. As long as she eats and drinks okay, I will do what ever i can for her to make her happy. Thanks, i feel so much better now.
     
  4. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    She will be just fine! Keeping her trimmed and filed will help her lead a normal life.
     
  5. Queen of the Lilliputians

    Queen of the Lilliputians Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 5, 2007
    Maine
  6. Critter Crazy

    Critter Crazy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 19, 2007
    Binghamton, NY
    WOW!!! I feel better now, nowing that others are dealing with it, and are doing well. Thank you so Much for the post!
     

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