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Crossed Beak

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by ggrap, Apr 18, 2009.

  1. ggrap

    ggrap Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 5, 2007
    Hi. What causes this? Some kind of nutrient deficiency? I have had hundreds of birds, and this is my first to begin developing this problem.

  2. DomiHentrix

    DomiHentrix Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 23, 2008
    Thurston County, WA
    My understanding is that it is either incubator temperatures or genetics, perhaps someone else will clarify further!

    I hope it's not serious. I had to cull a chick with a crossed beak once and I felt horrid.

    Hugs, Lara
  3. ggrap

    ggrap Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 5, 2007
    I have heard that high bator temps can cause the curly toes, but hadn't heard that about the beak. I only have one though, but maybe it was more susceptible.
  4. Gardeninggranny

    Gardeninggranny Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 29, 2008
    It probably isn't anything to do with the incubator or nutrition. It could be genetics or just a twist of fate- a simple mutation. It should be destroyed or at least never allowed to breed as it could pass on the mutation. Hopefully its the last one you will have.
  5. Teresaann24

    Teresaann24 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 29, 2008
    Eastern, Kentucky
    I have a buff silkie pullet i got from Ideal that has a crooked beak. I think it has alot to do with genetics. Because they do not breed for quality but quanity.

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