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Chipped beak?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by rkervell, Apr 29, 2016.

  1. rkervell

    rkervell In the Brooder

    Jan 20, 2016
    My chickens are roughly 3 1/2 months old. When I went outside to hand feed my girls some meal work treats, I noticed one of my Rhode Island Reds had (what looked like) the tip of her beak missing. It's not a large piece, but I wasn't sure if this had to do with the fact of her being young and still developing, she chipped her beak somehow or if it was indicative of something else going on. I took pictures of it from several angles and would love commentary from the more seasoned hen raisers. It almost looks like she is 'shedding' the tip of a former beak and developing a sturdier one. I don't know if that is even possible?


  2. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Just a simple chip, from the looks of it. The pattern of breakage is unusual but it shouldn't be anything to be worried about. She will grind it back to a rounded point through normal wear and feeding. You can also trim to the extra bits away using canine toe nail clippers, if you want.
  3. TexasLisa

    TexasLisa Crowing Premium Member

    Jan 27, 2012
    Rosenberg, TX
    rkervell, I had the same thing happen to my Speckled Sussex last summer. She was just a year old. Make sure your hen can eat. Mine could but I also helped her out with some yogurt, fruit, etc. Also watch the other hens. Mine was picked on until her beak grew back. Good luck!
  4. azygous

    azygous Free Ranging

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    That isn't enough that it won't grow back. I don't think you even need to try to do anything about it.

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