Crooked beak...

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by secuono, Oct 23, 2010.

  1. secuono

    secuono Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 29, 2010
    So I just realized that Shadie came with a normal beak. I thought she had the crooked beak from the start, but then I was updating my page on here and realized that's not true!

    What could be causing her lower beak being more on the left side? Is there a way to fix it?
    It doesn't seem to bother her, but still. It's so strange it got crooked later on...
  2. Three Cedars Silkies

    Three Cedars Silkies Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 17, 2008
    Gainesville, Fl.
    Sometimes they will grow that way for various reasons...injury, etc.

    You can take a ladies emory board (nail file...the kind for artificial nails) and every few days file the side of the beak to help keep it from going too much the opposite way. Be gentle and don't file too much...just do it consistently.
  3. secuono

    secuono Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 29, 2010
    Maybe I can get my boyfriend to do it. She is the only chicken that really likes me, don't want her to hate
  4. AinaWGSD

    AinaWGSD Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 2, 2010
    Sullivan, IL
    From what I've read, cross beak deformities often don't show up until the birds are 6 weeks old or older, and those that are apparent before then are often very severe. In all of the information I've seen, it doesn't seem that there is a clear picture of what causes this. Some evidence points to genetics, some indicates it may be a problem with temp and/or humidity during incubation, and then there's always the chance that it can be caused by a trauma. Either way, it seems that the vast majority of cross beaks do get worse over time.

    I discovered one of my EE chicks had one at just 5 days old. It was definitely normal when I opened the shipping box, and when I did notice it at 5 days it was such a slight misalignment that it was hardly even noticeable. Just a very small amount of gentle pressure was all it took to move the lower beak back in line with the upper beak. It has gotten so much worse that her upper beak and lower beak don't even come close to lining up anymore and we've had to trim it to help her better get food in. In fact, if you look at her head on, it seems like her whole face is just a bit crooked, not just the lower beak (which is a lot crooked). She eats ok, she just can't pick things up but can eat really well from a deep dish.
  5. secuono

    secuono Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 29, 2010
    She was larger than an adult Jap and I'm not 100% on age in weeks either. It's a noticeable gap, but doesn't seem to stop her being friendly and a pig, lol. I just hope it doesn't get worse...

    Slightly off a little while after I got her. I will try to get a pic tomorrow.

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