chick with crossed beak...need answers

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by RockyToggRanch, Feb 21, 2009.

  1. RockyToggRanch

    RockyToggRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 22, 2008
    Upstate NY
    One of my week old MFD chicks has a beak issue. It's not really crossed, but just not quite lined up. It seems to be growing as well as the others. It's the one in the upper right corner.

    Are there problems that appear later in life due to this? Can it live a normal life?
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  2. Indiana hens

    Indiana hens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 25, 2008
    Pendleton, Indiana
    [​IMG] I was encouraged not to make soup of this hen.5-20-08. She has still not laid an egg. Her beak is very crossed now. I think butchering her would be as comforting as clipping her beak.
  3. RockyToggRanch

    RockyToggRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 22, 2008
    Upstate NY
    Do their beaks progressively get worse?
  4. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

    May 13, 2008
    I also have a little pullet with a cross beak, it is not as bad as some I have seen, and she does have some issues, but is growing well although not as well as the others. she seems to just figure it out I do hand feed her scratch every now and then and it's kinda fun to watch her eat it. not much in the way of a remedy.

  5. katrinag

    katrinag Chillin' With My Peeps

    Yes they can live with extra care. You need to make sure her/he food is in a deeper bowl so it can scoop it's food. It will probley have trouble preening its feather. DO NOT BREED THE CHICKEN.
    I just cull the ones like that. They have no use on a working farm. But that is up to you.
  6. bluie

    bluie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 18, 2007
    Our silkie rooster didn't develop a severe cross beak until he was 2 months old. Most of what I read said that he should be culled or he would need hand feeding or he would eventually starve to death. Well, we did nothing, and he, at 7 months, is just as robust and active as ever. He shares roostering duties with a white silkie (among 5 standard hens). He is a great bird and an excellent rooster, always watching out for his girls. We will, of course, hesitate to let any of his offspring hatch.
  7. chickshadit

    chickshadit New Egg

    Feb 21, 2009
    About a year ago, we too had a chick with an extreme cross beak. We ended up naming her Little Bit and she was quite a character. We hand fed her and she also ate with the rest of the chickens. The others never picked on her even thou she remained tiny-she would often roost under a large hen when it was cold. She had no problem eating and drinking, but she didn't grow well and she did eventually die. I think winter was to hard on her.
    We did not find any remedy for her, just babied her and enjoyed her friendly and entertaining personality.
  8. nzpouter

    nzpouter Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 19, 2009
    new zealand
    cull it.
  9. 77horses

    77horses ◊The Spontaneous Pullet!◊

    Aug 19, 2008
    Quote:No! Don't cull her/him!(notice I'm not using the word, "it". [​IMG] ) That's just the "easy" way out...for you. [​IMG]

    If I were you, I would first just raise her/him like the rest, and see how she/he turns out. If she/he is not doing well and is not eating, drinking, etc. on her/his own, then I would seek further help. I would never kill him/her, unless she/he was suffering or in extreme pain and I couldn't do anything about it.
    I hope your poor chick turns out OK! Hopefully someone with more knowledge can help you. [​IMG]
    Good luck! [​IMG]
    Last edited: Feb 21, 2009
  10. RockyToggRanch

    RockyToggRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 22, 2008
    Upstate NY
    It's not a huge deformity. Just not quite lined up straight. I almost didn't notice. I guess I just take it a day at atime and see what happens.

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