Crooked Beak-Please Help!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by ncgnance, Jul 27, 2008.

  1. ncgnance

    ncgnance Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just noticed that one of my three silkies has a crooked beak. I had to cull one of these chicks just last week, and I don't think I can do it again. I remember a discussion some time back on this site about crooked beak. Does anyone remember where it is? Please help if you do. I'm not cut out for this part of raising babies...
     
  2. steffpeck

    steffpeck Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 25, 2007
    Erda, UT
    I had a Salmon Favorelle that I had to cull last week because of a crooked beak. Within 3-4 days it went from being ok to her face become deformed.

    I do know that I was told that you can carefully trim their beak, but I am not sure how to do it. Good Luck with your little one.
     
  3. ncgnance

    ncgnance Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is there a painless way to do it? Not for me, it hurts, really bad, to have to cull a chick, but for the chick itsself.
     
  4. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

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    There was a thread a while back about gassing as a means of culling. I think this is the thread:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=19528&p=1

    This thread caught my eye because I have a banty cochin whose entire skull is twisted. She looks realy funny but is thriving and doing well. She's about 3 months old now and was a craigslist rescue. She has a harder time eating bugs than the other chickens but eats feed and greens with no problems at all. I'm hoping for many, many little eggs from her.

    If you just want eggs or meat, there's no reason to cull this bird unless it fails to grow/thrive. Just don't allow it to breed.

    Good luck with whatever your decision is. You'll get support either way here.
     
  5. denasfarm

    denasfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We kept our crooked beak EE. (Madison, 1 YEAR OLD) She requires hand feeding twice a day and some help with grooming but she is a doll baby! Plan to keep her a long long time! Her personality saved her from culling!

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  6. coffeelady3

    coffeelady3 Froths Milk for Hard Cash

    Jun 26, 2008
    Tacoma, WA
    I can vouch for Jens crooked beaked cochin. Her face does look funky, but she's one fat, sassy, and happy chicken!
     
  7. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

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    Here's a pic of my crooked head cochin:
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  8. ncgnance

    ncgnance Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks to all of you. I was very upset last nite when I saw the little crooked beak. Our rir, Gorgeous, is very sweet, and I'm glad I didn't cull her, but it is time consuming making sure that she is getting enough food and water. So maybe I'll wait and see just how deformed this little one will be. But, if she does have to be culled, I will find a vet or someone else to do it. Thanks again.
     
  9. lurky

    lurky Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 4, 2007
    Western MA
    I have a crooked beaked 2 month old rooster. He is a pretty tough little guy. He is definately behind on his development, but he is catching up.
     
  10. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Sounds like where ever you got them has a bad set of breeders and that it is genetic. If it is small enough, they can do fine, but if it inhibits eating and drinking, then you may want to think more about keeping them around.
     

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