Cross Beak On A Chick

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by screager312, Oct 12, 2011.

  1. screager312

    screager312 Chirping

    Dec 9, 2010
    We have 5 little EErs that are 9 days old today. We noticed today one has a little cross beak started. Anyone with any experience with a cross beak? I will start my research now and see what I can find out.

  2. dwegg

    dwegg Songster

    yes I just hatched one 6 weeks ago...she was so sweet and it started out so small and not even noticeable...I did nothing to try to prevent it and in 4 weeks she couldn't even eat got progressively worse very fast...I have since sent her to heaven...try to do something about it now and not wait....good luck
  3. sunny & the 5 egg layers

    sunny & the 5 egg layers Crowing

    Mar 29, 2011
    There are many threads floating around about cross beak. You will need to trim/file her beak some as she grows. And offer her a deep food dish as she will have trouble eating. You have to keep your eye on the cross beak chick and be sure she is getting food and water. I don't know too much about this cross beak, but I have heard of it.
  4. mysweetgypsy

    mysweetgypsy Chirping

    May 1, 2011
    Not to be discouraging, but I had an EE hen with the same scissor beak condition, and it did not end well. I tried to fix it, made special mash for her, but in the end there was little I could do for her. She had a few good months and then died. After weeks of special care I just couldn't put her down myself, so she basically starved in the end, I felt AWFUL, but I just couldn't do it [​IMG] I should have had a friend put her down when she started to do poorly, or taken her back to the feed store that second day. Either way I learned a valuable lesson. Good luck! Sorry about your little hen.
  5. dwegg

    dwegg Songster

    yes I did the deep wet mash food thing but I watched her closely and saw how hard it was for her and she was already hungry all the time and spent all her time trying to eat enough. So I loved her too much to see her suffer any and made that hard choice...I am glad I did.

  6. Arielle

    Arielle Crowing

    Feb 19, 2011
    Massachusetts, USA
    I had one EE with cross beak. WE loved her. She spent more time in the house than any other bird. Underfoot a lot so I would perch her on a chair while I did dishes or my shoulder.I tried several different remedies--none worked. I rehomed her. She also died. I think she had a respiratory problem which did her in, according to her new family. We were all very sad. She was special.

    I now have another chick and would like to breed EE so I'm looking for more info on cross beak and how to eliminate it..
  7. maizy'smom

    maizy'smom Songster

    May 15, 2011
    Philadelphia suburbs
    If you search this site under "special needs chickens," you'll find several posts from folks with cross-beaked chickens, including me. My Sylvie is now 5 1/2 months old and, while a little smaller than her three roommates, she is definitely at the top of the pecking order. We do make special accommodations for her, and she does spend much of her time thinking about food, but she is far. So far, none of them have started laying....who knows, maybe she'll out-do them all yet!

  8. screager312

    screager312 Chirping

    Dec 9, 2010
    Thanks for the quick replies. She is eating and drinking ok for now, we will keep a good eye on her and see how this. progresses.

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