chicken w/ messed up face and beak (pic inc.) trim beak?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by queenhoneeybee, Aug 21, 2010.

  1. queenhoneeybee

    queenhoneeybee In the Brooder

    May 21, 2010

  2. queenhoneeybee

    queenhoneeybee In the Brooder

    May 21, 2010
  3. ruth

    ruth Life is a Journey

    Jul 8, 2007
    Woodville, MS
    That's called a cross beak or scissors beak. Unfortunately there's nothing you can do about it. If the bird has had it its whole life it has probably managed to learn to eat and survive. Looks like its an older bird that has learned to cope with its disability. I had a Polish chick that hatched with a cross beak and it got worse as the bird got older but she was always able to eat and grew to adulthood. You may, however, need to be sure there are bowls of food (crumbles are best) that the bird can scoop up. With a cross beak, they can't peck.

  4. Oven Ready

    Oven Ready Songster

    May 9, 2010
    It's not the best look in the world but is it actually troubling her?

    I'm guessing she's not gotten that big by being hand fed so is there a reason (other than cosmetic) that makes you want to trim her beak. Sometimes things are best left alone.
  5. Knock Kneed Hen

    Knock Kneed Hen California Dream'in Chickens

    Feb 15, 2010
    So. Cal.
    Just keep a close eye on it and make sure it's getting enough calories. These birds can starve slowly. I've read of some birds doing just fine, they learn to compensate. Having a deep dish of food for them to scoop up food is important. I had one but I ended up having it culled because she had inadvertently cut off half her tongue trying to peck at food and it became gangrene. Also, I had been weighing her and she was only gaining weight at half the rate of the other birds her size and age. Yours has made it this far so hopefully she'll do just fine.

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