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Cross beaked pullet, what to do?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by CoffeeCow, Nov 9, 2010.

  1. CoffeeCow

    CoffeeCow Songster

    Apr 29, 2010
    Washington, NC
    I just posted pic's of my flock (you can check it out here if you wish https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=418466 )

    The reason I am posting here is because of my EE pullet named Bling. as you can see, she has a crossed beak,
    She wasn't born like this, it showed up at 6 or 8 weeks I guess. She is getting along just fine. But someone
    suggested that I trim her beak to help her out a little.... How would one do this? I have no idea where to even
    begin looking for an answer to this one...

    She isn't in any pain that I know of, she eats fine. and the other day i was hanging out in the coop and noticed
    my BO come over and clean out some grain that was stuck in her lower beak. I thought that was very nice of her [​IMG]

    I guess my question is....
    Should I look into getting her beak trimmed? or should I just let her alone?

    here is her pic:

  2. Olive Hill

    Olive Hill Crowing

    Apr 19, 2009
    If she eats fine why put her through an unnecessary procedure? That makes no sense to me. I don't have any cross beaks myself, but know a few other people who do, none have trimmed their beaks and all are doing well as adults. If you notice her having any problems try leaving a deep bowl of food out. Cross beaks seem to be able to "scoop" their food even when they can't peck. [​IMG]
  3. CoffeeCow

    CoffeeCow Songster

    Apr 29, 2010
    Washington, NC
    Like I said, The thought hadn't even crossed my mind till that poster commented on the pic.

    I want my flock to be happy, and I think she is, she likes to come up to me and let me pet her,
    so I don't think she is in any pain..
    But If it would improve her ... Quailty of life ... I could try to help her
  4. Buugette

    Buugette [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG]Cra

    May 26, 2009
    Bucks County, PA
    I have a cross beak named Little Gray... she is rather "snarky" and has an unfortunate voice due to her deviated septum... [​IMG]... I use the Pedi-Paws to file her beak. The end result is her beak is more in line and it is easier for her to eat. I only do it once a month and no harm comes to her. She is used to be handled... doesn't really like it, but does tolerate it. I file (very lightly) down the one side that is over grown... and flatten out the tip to allow the bottom to come back in line. Have to watch that tonge though... she will get it in the way every time. You should see Mike and I trying to hold her without hurting her, and file her beak down... it is rather funny.


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