Cross Beak Chick

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by KristyAz, May 19, 2011.

  1. KristyAz

    KristyAz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 29, 2011
    Mishawaka, Indiana
    Yesterday I noticed our 12 week old SLW has a slightly crossed beak. I hadn't noticed it before. Her behavior is fine, actually the friendliest of our 5 babies. She eats and drinks fine. No one picks on her.

    What if anything should I expect from this? Does it get worse?

  2. Miyashi

    Miyashi Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 20, 2011
    Gaylord, MI
    With her age, you may be lucky. If you've just noticed this, chances are good for her I would think.
    My Penelope's beak was major crooked at 1 week and I had her put to sleep at 9 weeks. She wasn't growing and she spent her entire day trying to eat.
    She was a happy bird....but her quality of life was poor.
    If you notice she's not growing along with everyone else or she seems weak....if it ever seems like it becomes a problem for could try trimming her bottom beak back a bit.
    Many folks on here recommend dremel tools.
    I've seen quite a few birds on here with pretty crooked beaks, but they all do well.
    Just need to be trimmed now and then and in some cases, they need their beak cleaned.

    I'm sure someone can tell you more, but that is what I know.
    Best of luck to you! She's a cutie!
  3. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

    Apr 15, 2009
    It may get slightly worse, but not much more so. It looks like a mild case that should need little intervention in order for the bird to remain healthy. Deep feed and water dishes should make it easier for her to eat by allowing her to scoop up sustenance with her beak. You can trim it if it appears to be over-growing, but be very cautious because trimming can cause a lot of bleeding if done too aggressively. I don't trim my mild cross-beaked BR because she files it down herself on concrete blocks I have placed around the run for just that purpose. Mine's beak will never be pretty, but is perfectly functional. Lastly, do not use this bird for breeding stock. Cross-beak is thought to be a genetic condition that is frequently worse in subsequent generations.

    I hope this helps. Good luck.
  4. LarryPQ

    LarryPQ Easter Hatch!!

    Jul 17, 2009
    Just make sure she has a "scoopable" food source, and she'll be fine. Water is difficult for them, but watermelons are a FAVORITE treat.
  5. KristyAz

    KristyAz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 29, 2011
    Mishawaka, Indiana
    Thank you all for the "good news" replies. So far she is spunky and eats and drinks just fine. I hope she will continue to do well. She is such a sweetheart. She'll sit on my leg like that, just cuddled up to me, until I have to get up to allow blood flow back to my feet. [​IMG]

    I will keep an eye on her and make sure she continues to thrive like she has been.
  6. sham30

    sham30 Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 31, 2009
    We just noticed that one of our top hat chicks has a crossed beak, it seems to be getting worse everyday [​IMG] I read a few other posts a few days back about taping it, does anyone remember how that was done? I am afraid it may get real bad and it is the nicest little chick!
  7. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    I used to have a cross beak SLW too, and she ate just fine.
  8. hoppalongg

    hoppalongg Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 25, 2011
    Glad I'm not alone...Got an americana (we call her Lady GaGa) that has a bad crossed beak and is the most outgoing of the 25. I understand that I might have to trim her beak and am not looking forward to it, but if it has to be done so be it. I have noticed that a Dremel tool is recommended but is there a step by step video or diagram that shows a proper way.

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