This is an Americana EE mix. It is one of the only gray ones I got out of the hatch. I will probably put it in the meat pen. I don't have the time to have to do much extra for it. I love my birds but I don't have them for pets. They work for their living laying eggs.Hi mbleily,
unfortunately, the answer to both question is 'yes'. The crossbeak is apparently a growth defect in the skull, so it worsens as they age (and often isn't visible at all on hatch).
I've had it recur in a line of araucanas but no other birds, so I believe it's highly hereditary.
Good luck with the little one,
Mine has gotten worse. I noticed she is smaller now than the others also. She has to constantly eat to get enough protien. I do not have time to treat her to special. I try to make sure she is the first one at the food line. I always have food there but when I add it they think it is new stuff. LOLI, too, have the same issue and the question. I received my chicks yesterday and as soon as I saw the little buff polish I knew its beak was not right. I was wondering if they always get worse or some stay the same...
and out of curiosity, how do I insert the "signature" at the bottom of posts so I can inform people what kind of chickens I have??