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Crossed beak

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by big greg barker, Nov 2, 2011.

  1. big greg barker

    big greg barker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a chicken with a crossed beak I am going to have to clip because her top beak is getting really long. Has anyone done this? Any suggestions?
     
  2. christina1982

    christina1982 Out Of The Brooder

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    I bought a Red Star 6 months ago and shortly noticed she had this problem. I left it alone and she is perfectly fine. She might have to peck at the food 2-4 times to get it but other than that it doesn't bother her at all [​IMG].

    I suggest leave it [​IMG].
     
  3. Lollipop

    Lollipop Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Yes, just be carefull to not clip into the quick. Usually it`s easy to see, unless the bird has a dark beak. You can smoth it off with a nail file, if you want to, but it`s not needed. Usually they get along fine, but I wouldn`t breed her.........Pop
     
  4. big greg barker

    big greg barker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would leave it alone if I could, but because there is no friction to keep it in check, so her top beak keeps growing is hooking back down so it is starting to interfere with her eating. I will watch closely for the quick. It sounds like clipping dog toenails Thanks, guys...
     
  5. True Grit

    True Grit Chillin' With My Peeps

    I used to take little bits with a nail clipper, the quick was closer to the edge than I thought..
     
  6. Tripp16

    Tripp16 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 26, 2011
    North Carolina
    I used to have a golden comet just like this but sadly she was killed in a fatal accident. [​IMG]

    But I just let her be and she lived a happy life! [​IMG]
     
  7. kbgriffiths

    kbgriffiths Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a silkie with a crossed beak. I trim it when it get really long because the top crooked bit sometimes gets caught on things. She eats fine and is a happy girl. I use dog nail clippers and take just a little bit at a time. Hopefully you can see it in this photo [​IMG]
     
  8. big greg barker

    big greg barker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Yup, that's what Elroy looks like. She's an Aurucana, and it gives her a decidedly...."Tow-Mater" look....
     

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