Crossed beak chicken :(

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by little chirpers, Jan 16, 2010.

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  1. little chirpers

    little chirpers Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 16, 2010
    Hi, Im new to this site and raising pet chickens!! I have a crossed beak chicken and its really bad....I got her when she was just a few days old and its been getting worse each week and shes 3 weeks old [​IMG] should I give her back to the breeder or keep her??!! I think she might suffer from lack of food, and the two others would be devistated if she left, what should I do?? [​IMG]
    Last edited: Jan 16, 2010
  2. farmin'chick

    farmin'chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 13, 2009
    Rocky Mount VA
    If you want to spend the extra time you can nurse her along. You may have to give her wet mash later on, or feed her with an eyedropper or syringe -- I have a little one that came to me with a crossed beak -- his name is Edbird Scissorbeak -- He is still able to eat and drink as long as the feed and water dishes are deep enough, but he is not growing as fast as his straight beaked brother.
  3. Sunny Side Up

    Sunny Side Up Count your many blessings...

    Mar 12, 2008
    Loxahatchee, Florida
    [​IMG] I'm sorry you're having this problem with your new chick. It's tough when you have just a few chickens and something like this happens to one of them.

    You know that it's really you who will be so very sad to give this chick back. The other two chicks really won't care, may not even notice.

    I think that if you can return this chick to the breeder then you should do so. At 3 weeks the other chicks should accept a new flock-mate fairly easily. A cross-beaked bird will need a lot of help & special tending to help it to thrive.
  4. DuckLady

    DuckLady ~~~Administrator~~~BYC Store Support Staff Member

    Jan 11, 2007
    NE Washington State
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