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"Cross-Beak" What should I expect?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Back2MyRoots, Mar 12, 2013.

  1. Back2MyRoots

    Back2MyRoots Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My husband and I were doing a nightly check of our spring chicklets when he noticed that one of our araucana pullets has a slightly off-set beak. The beak touches all the way down, but the bottom seems to pull just to the left a bit. The chick is only a week old. My questions are (1) What can I expect to happen from here forward? and (2) Catching it so early, is there ANYTHING that can be done to help? Thanks in advance for your help. The only information I can find is of very severe cases in older birds. Not much at all to be found on very young chicks.
     
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    I've had a goodly number of chicks with cross beak. I actually had one that made it to maturity.... but it never laid.

    If you can see it this early, it will only get worse.

    I suggest culling. It's the humane thing to do.
     
  3. Back2MyRoots

    Back2MyRoots Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The feed store the chick came from said they will exchange. I know it's the easy way out, but I won't have to put the little lady down myself and I will get to replace the chick at no charge. The reasonable side of me knows this is the best thing to do. The marsh mellow in me is throwing a fit.
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