Okay, this is really two separate questions along the same vein. First, our Rhode Island Reds are around 14 weeks. Their feathers are glossy and eyes are bright. Slightly skittish even with generous handling since birth from me. One bird affectionately named Foghorn has what appears to be a cracked bill. The beak is not misaligned in any way, and eating and drinking fine. Appears to be in no distress, but it's unsettling to me because I am such a novice I am unsure if this hurts her or needs attention of some kind on my part, or if these things sometimes happen and it will heal on its own. Any thoughts on that matter would be appreciated greatly. It is only the front tip of the beak that appears like it's split or cracked. Secondly, in attempting to research this beak issue, I was looking in this chicken textbook (for lack of a better word) that is very helpful, and came across a page on putting chickens in a trance if they are in distress when you need to tend to them. It says to place the chicken on its back and it should set it in a trance. We attempted this several times with no luck, probably because these chickens are our pets (will be used for laying eggs and being loved on only) and we were feeling like we were hurting them and causing a great amount of unnecessary stress. They completely freaked out. The book also said if that didn't work to tuck their head under a wing and rock them until they were in a trance. I can't even fathom attempting that. Is this something we should learn how to do, or SHOULD do, and if so, can anyone better explain how to go about this and what I could be doing wrong? Any insight and info is appreciated! This is our very first time raising chickens as complete novices.