Cross Beaked - Is it Genetic??

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by steffpeck, Jul 20, 2008.

  1. steffpeck

    steffpeck Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 25, 2007
    Erda, UT
    Is this something that if is able to be managed and the bird can eat and have a normal life, is it something that they will pass on if used for breeding? Is it Genetic or just a fluke of nature?
     
  2. Solsken Farm

    Solsken Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

  3. adoptedbyachicken

    adoptedbyachicken Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Like crooked toes it can be either or both. They are not used for breeding for that reason. Especially if they grew up in a batch of other birds and the rest are fine. That basically rules out the nutritional and environmental reasons and leaves you only with genetics to blame. Some say the genetics are just leaving them with the tendency toward the problem but still I feel you should only breed the best so I always cull them from the breeding pen. They live on in my eating egg flock, and get to free range so around here being culled is a good thing. [​IMG]
     
  4. steffpeck

    steffpeck Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 25, 2007
    Erda, UT
    Thanks!! She is the only pullet I have, I do have a Salmon Fav Cockerel, and they were both looking so good, I was excited to try and breed them, but I guess that won't be happening.
     

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