Curved hook beak & lump with tongue deformity

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Joy Cluck Club, Oct 29, 2016.

  1. Joy Cluck Club

    Joy Cluck Club Hatching

    Sep 16, 2016
    The threads I've read for curved/hook beaks (some like mine with lumps under the beak) have varied widely.

    In my case, the curved/hook beak on my month old chick was accompanied by a rounded tongue.

    The vet discovered her deformity when examining the bump beneath her lower beak. He felt around the mass and her tongue popped out of it.

    Instead of growing straight, it grew into a spiral-like tendril. The lower beak was so small, there was no room for a tongue so it fused into a stiff circle that pressed into her neck just under the beak.

    We agreed with the Dr. that she was likely uncomfortable and would never thrive so painlessly (for her at least) put her to rest.

    Has anyone experienced this before? And if so, are there any surgical, non-surgical remedies?

  2. I'm not sure if this is the same thing that happened to your chick. But I had Cockerel about the same age who I took to the vet because he was wheezing, had trouble breathing and a huge crop. The vet found that his beak was abnormally short and it was causing food to get caught in his air way. Their is no treatment that I'm aware of and he was put down. It was a terrible experience :(. But hopefully treatment for severe beak deformities will be found soon.
    Last edited: Oct 29, 2016
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