Chipped Bill - Repair?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Darkjeweler, Aug 31, 2011.

  1. Darkjeweler

    Darkjeweler Songster

    168
    1
    102
    Aug 16, 2011
    Sanford
    I have a runner duck that has a bit of a chip out of the front of her bill. She has had it for a couple of months and it has not seemed to bother her much, however, I notice that she is perhaps the clumsiest of the ducks I have and has a tendency to faceplant into things. Should I try to fix the chip with a little fast setting dough type epoxy to fill in the void, or should I just leave her alone and assume that she won't break the rest of the tip of her bill off? [​IMG]
     

  2. jdywntr

    jdywntr Songster

    3,215
    146
    243
    Oct 31, 2009
    Somerville, AL
    I'd just leave it if it doesn't seem to bother her. I've read that people have ducks with like half the bill missing and they are okay. As for her clumsiness, no idea.
     
  3. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners

    23,177
    2,358
    521
    Jan 3, 2010
    Southern New England
    I think that epoxy would cause its own problems with the living tissue of the bill. For example, the epoxy I am familiar with gives off quite a bit of heat while it cures, and that could hurt the duck seriously.

    There are materials that dentists and surgeons use to replace firm tissue that are nontoxic. I think that bills continue to produce new cells, so that's another thing to consider.

    If she can eat and drink and is getting around okay, I would let it be.
     
  4. greymane

    greymane Songster

    4,706
    17
    203
    Jun 2, 2011
    Snyder County, PA
    Quote:Sounds like the "getting around okay" part could be an issue. [​IMG]

    Seriously, though, I hope she heals up real soon. I was clumsy when I was younger, as well. I think I grew out of it at about 40. [​IMG]
     

  5. Sore Thumb Suburbanite

    Sore Thumb Suburbanite Songster

    384
    5
    113
    Apr 26, 2011
    orange county
    I notice gashes and dings on my ducks' bills from time to time, they seem to eventually heal. I have no idea how they get them, its like they play with heavy, sharp objects when I'm not looking. I second, third or fourth what people have said about letting it be. I'm sure she has no idea there is much wrong with her bill anyway.
     
  6. Darkjeweler

    Darkjeweler Songster

    168
    1
    102
    Aug 16, 2011
    Sanford
  7. ZoeS95423

    ZoeS95423 Songster

    556
    10
    133
    Apr 17, 2011
    I have a duck with a big chip out of her bill, I dont know how she got it. Niether does the person I got her from. I can see her tongue from time to time, so it is a pretty big chip. Her name is chippy :p
    But she gets along perfectly fine.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by