crooked beak?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by wildfire8, May 25, 2012.

  1. wildfire8

    wildfire8 Out Of The Brooder

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    We acquired a girl with a crooked beak. Shes sweet and lays her eggs like a good girl. seems to have no problems eating. A bit shyer that our other girls but I'm not sure if that's breed related or not.
    Guy though it was an early injury during her first days as a chick.
    so my questions are....
    Is this likely an injury thing?
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    Genetic
    Will she pass it to offspring?
     
  2. CowgirlJules

    CowgirlJules Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've had several, and if they don't thrive, I cull them. I did have one who figured out how to get in the feed container and eat, and she lived to lay very nicely. I would never have hatched any of her eggs though, as I believe that it may be genetic. She was culled yesterday with half of the rest of my flock due to unrelated reasons.
     
  3. wildfire8

    wildfire8 Out Of The Brooder

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    yes I read your post, and again my heart goes out to you.
    So genetic? I see. I did not realize that more oft than not they cant eat.
    That would be horrible to deal with so yeah hatching her eggs would not be wise.
     
  4. CowgirlJules

    CowgirlJules Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If she eats well enough to live, trim her beak back now and then, it will help her scoop food up.
     
  5. wildfire8

    wildfire8 Out Of The Brooder

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    How do I trim a beak?
     
  6. CowgirlJules

    CowgirlJules Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Like toenails. It has a horn part and a quick part. Just nip off bits of the front edges of the top beak a little at a time. If you get into the quick, it will bleed like mad but isn't anything to freak out about, it will stop in time, just like a toe. You'll get the hang of it pretty quickly.
     

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