Cracked beak advise needed

leighks

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My 2 year old BR hen got her upper beak caught in hardware cloth, and she cracked it as she finally got it out. She’s able to eat fine at this point, but I’m concerned what will happen as it grows out. The crack goes from the edge of the beak up to the center, and there is a jagged edge below where the crack starts. I tried to file it back a bit but I didn’t want to do more damage. Can I put some tissue glue or even super glue on the crack, to keep the crack from getting worse? I’m worried at some point it will get torn or ripped as it grows. Or should I just leave it and keep an eye on it?
Front view: (from top of beak to her right side)
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Side view: (jagged edge slightly below crack)
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The crack looks like it may involve the blood supply, but I never saw the beak bleed. Thanks for some advise!
 

dawg53

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I've had the same thing happen with one of my Barred Rocks before. However there was some blood involved.
Leave the beak alone since there's no blood. Dont glue it neither, a new beak will grow under it.
I put my BR in a cage where I could easily feed and observe her. Birds with these types of beak injuries cant pick up feed with their beaks to eat and pecking a hard surface causes pain.
Provide a deep bowl with feed in it and add tepid water to the feed to make a watery gruel so that your bird can easily eat. Also provide a bowl containing tepid water in case she gets thirsty. You'll have to check the bowl with the gruel during the day to ensure it's still watery. The feed absorbs alot of water and can harden if water isnt added.
Make a fresh bowl of gruel each day for your hen and ensure the cage is cleaned as needed.
After one week, put a few dry granules of feed on the bottom of the cage and see if she can pick them up with her beak and swallow them. If she cant pick them up or if she drops them out of her beak, continue the gruel for another week.
Then repeat the dry feed granules test again. Repeat placing her back in the cage if she cant pick up the feed granules or drops them out of her beak. Do this for a third week. Hopefully by then a new beak will have grown under the broken beak and she'll be able to pick up and eat dry feed normally.
It took my hen 3 weeks to grow a new beak and pick up the granules and swallow them normally. I then returned her back with the other birds, no problem. It's possible it might take another week for your bird to grow a new beak under the old one, just be patient and it'll all work out for you and your hen. She'll probably lay a few eggs for you while she's caged, like mine did. :D
 

leighks

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Apr 15, 2017
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Western New York
My Coop
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I've had the same thing happen with one of my Barred Rocks before. However there was some blood involved.
Leave the beak alone since there's no blood. Dont glue it neither, a new beak will grow under it.
I put my BR in a cage where I could easily feed and observe her. Birds with these types of beak injuries cant pick up feed with their beaks to eat and pecking a hard surface causes pain.
Provide a deep bowl with feed in it and add tepid water to the feed to make a watery gruel so that your bird can easily eat. Also provide a bowl containing tepid water in case she gets thirsty. You'll have to check the bowl with the gruel during the day to ensure it's still watery. The feed absorbs alot of water and can harden if water isnt added.
Make a fresh bowl of gruel each day for your hen and ensure the cage is cleaned as needed.
After one week, put a few dry granules of feed on the bottom of the cage and see if she can pick them up with her beak and swallow them. If she cant pick them up or if she drops them out of her beak, continue the gruel for another week.
Then repeat the dry feed granules test again. Repeat placing her back in the cage if she cant pick up the feed granules or drops them out of her beak. Do this for a third week. Hopefully by then a new beak will have grown under the broken beak and she'll be able to pick up and eat dry feed normally.
It took my hen 3 weeks to grow a new beak and pick up the granules and swallow them normally. I then returned her back with the other birds, no problem. It's possible it might take another week for your bird to grow a new beak under the old one, just be patient and it'll all work out for you and your hen. She'll probably lay a few eggs for you while she's caged, like mine did. :D
Oh those silly barred rocks!! Ok thank you!
 

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