Crossed beak chick. First time owner

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  1. beb444

    beb444 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Please someone help me!! I am a first time chick owner and lore behold I get a chick with a crossed beak. I noticed it when she was about 1.5 weeks old and now she is 3 weeks. She is an Easter eggers and is 1/2 the size of the rest. She is shy and doesn't like to eat out of hands but really likes her food bowl. I have put water in her food, put yogurt, got her a deep dish, but she still just likes making a mess of her regular food. Please help me. I am already feeling very overwhelmed with 8 new animals and now this. Agh!! Her beak is somewhat severe but I feel like she could eat with it. She just can't figure out to scoop it and keeps pecking and it makes me SO frustrated!! Why can't she just shove that beak in her food?!! Please help me. I am very flustered.
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC. I would also add some liquid to her food daily to make it easier to eat, but be sure to clean that out daily so that mold doesn't form. Beak trimming may help to make it easier to eat as she grow. I would put some poultry vitamins with trace mineral in her feed daily, in hopes the minerals will prevent the worsening of her cross beak symptoms. Poultry Nutri-Drench 1 ml daily will work. Here is some info on cross beak birds:
    http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/03/scissor-beak-aka-crossed-beak-what-it.html
     
  3. beb444

    beb444 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you!! I have been debating whether or not I should just put her down because she is just so tiny and I'm scared that she's suffering. We have a vet that could do it but I really like her and want her to survive! What do you think? Is it a lost cause or can she still be helped?! Also do you know of any video where they show to how beak trim? When can you start trimming it? Thank you again!
     
  4. appps

    appps Overrun With Chickens

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    If she is smaller and hanging out at the feed bowl a lot she doesn't sound like she is getting enough food. Depending on how bad the cross beak is (photo?) I found with mine that mixing the food with warm water then letting it cool a bit made it easier for her to eat because it then clumps together and she can get a mouthful rather than a single crumble each time. I've had to keep her on a crumbled mix even in adulthood as she can't seem to eat the pellets as well.

    You could also add some bird vitamins (for cage birds from pet shop) to her water to give her a little pick me up till she works it out better. Watch how she eats and see if a piece of beak being trimmed might help her beak function better. We had ours bottom beak trimmed back a bit at the vets (far enough it bled) when it was around laying age and it helped a fair bit as as well as being crossed the bottom was much longer than the top. Occasionally I have to trim one side of her bottom beak back again with a pair of dog nail clippers but it's not deep into beak so no bleeding or discomfort for her. I'm not sure how young you can start trimming it but just go gently remembering you can always trim off more if you only take a tiny bit at a time but you can't put it back if you go too far all at once ;-). Their beak is a bit like their toe nails, if you don't go too far you won't hit The blood area.
     
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  5. beb444

    beb444 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ok quick question: Scarlette is less developed then the rest. She has only wings coming in but that's not even complete and the rest have full wings, back, tails, and heads are coming in. She is about the size the rest were when they were just getting their wings in. Could she just be a late bloomer and therefore smaller or is it just that she's not getting enough food to develop?
     
  6. beb444

    beb444 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  7. TolChicken

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    i have a intersexed chicken named pecan she has a crossed beak she is a year old she is doing great when i got her as a baby she did not have a crossed beak but as she matured it developed
    so i suggest feeding her crumbles ~ Tolchicken
     

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