1. Must Be Losing It

    Must Be Losing It Lost It

    Mar 3, 2008
    Uxbridge MA
    I have a 7 week old belgium antwerp who has a horrible case of crossbeak. My vet suggested I put her down, but she is the sweetest of the three hens. Does anyone have proven suggestions that may work?

  2. arlee453

    arlee453 Songster

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    You will need to provide a deep dish for her to eat - crumbles are best so she can sort of scoop it up in the lower beak.

    Unfortunately cross beaks tend to just get worse and worse over time until the chicken isn't able to feed itself.

    Try the deeper dishes, etc and she may do OK. If or when it becomes apparent she can't get enough to eat to stay healthy and well then it may be time to consider letting her go rather than suffer a slow starvation.

    You may also need to trim back the upper beak if it overgrows so it doesn't interfere worse with eating.

    Also, (to state the obvious) I would not use that hen for hatching eggs.
  3. hippichick

    hippichick Songster

    Apr 13, 2008
    Branch, La
    I don't have any suggestions on treatment, but I do have a 4 month old d'uccle who has really bad crossbeak, and he is doing just fine. He eats pellets with my goats, and is just as healthy as my other chickens. I put feed in a deep dish for him, but he prefers the pellets. I guess they're easier for him to eat. Good luck.
  4. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

    Jun 14, 2008
    South Puget Sound
    I've got a banty cochin with a cross beak. It's not terrible but it does give her a hard time in picking up seeds and bugs sometimes. She's an easy target for the other birds to steal her treats.

    I say that as long as the bird is thriving (putting on weight and not starving), leave it be but don't allow it to breed.
  5. Must Be Losing It

    Must Be Losing It Lost It

    Mar 3, 2008
    Uxbridge MA
    I think I'll stick to the deep dick method. She is growing and fending for herself just fine. And she's definately learned I'm her "mom".

    I had talked to my husband, he said the same thing. As long as she's thriving why do anything.

    Does trimming the beak help?
  6. peapatch

    peapatch In the Brooder

    May 18, 2008
    how do you trim the beak on a cross beak chicken???? [​IMG]
    Last edited: Jul 30, 2008
  7. Dodgegal79

    Dodgegal79 Songster

    Dec 1, 2007
    Princeton BC Canada
    I have a EE with it, really bad to. She is about 3 months old not and she is doing fine. She even beats up the other chicken, I am very impressed with her. My boys have named her "crookedbeak", lol, really orginial, but they are tempted to enter her in the pet parade at the fall fair under the unusal pets.

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