Just wanted to share something because I hadn't seen anyone post about it: My chicken recently split her beak right down the center. (Visually, like if she were a human, it would have looked like she had a huge gap in her top front teeth.) It went from the tip, half way up her beak towards her nostrils. So, basically to the crest of the beak. Anyway, that night, I was looking online to see what people had done about similar situations: and couldn't really find anything about that exact kind of split. Much smaller splits were told to trim, but this was way too long to be trim-able. It was obvious that it was going to be very dangerous too. Even if I could have trimmed part of it off: It was going to be really easy for her to catch it on stuff, or get stuff stuck between it splitting it further, or be broken off if she hit it on anything: which would have made it really easy for her to permanently deform her beak and/or bleed to death in the worst case. (It was also too far up to file down, obviously.) We were also worried that, even with a safe glue or acrylic applied to hold it together and fill the split, that it would continue to grow apart: like wood once it had a wedge in it. So, what my vet did was a little ingenious: He used a "Soft Paw" to hold it together. AKA: one of those things people get put on their cat's and dog's claws to keep them from scratching stuff up. It's been on for 4 days now and she can do everything normally. Dig with it, eat, drink, preen, peck the dog, etc. They're also small enough that I don't think they could be a choke hazard for a chicken IF it happened to fall off and get eaten. One of these things: (Except he used a clear one) He said it might come off after a few days, (because soft paws are NOT permanent,) but it still seems like it was a great idea. He said next time he's going to use one made for a dog, because the cat ones have too much of an overhang on the tip- which gave her a "witch's nose" -so he dremeled the overhang on it off. So, anyway, like I said: just wanted to post about this in case anyone else finds themselves in the same situation.