Deformed beak?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by jolenejellybean, Apr 19, 2017.

  1. jolenejellybean

    jolenejellybean In the Brooder

    Jun 23, 2015
    Upstate NY
    There's some beak issue with this little guy. I inherited some poultry and I have them in isolation while I treat some issues of neglect. Their owner died and their caretaker didn't know any better. A few have nose canker. A few have mites. All have overgrown beak and toenails from living in little cages indoors.

    This guy has an unusual beak issue. It's not overgrown in the usual way, but has thickened areas and ridges. It looks misshapen on the inside as well. The nares are constricted. The upper beak is significantly larger than the bottom. Any ideas?


  2. coach723

    coach723 Crowing

    Feb 12, 2015
    North Florida
    It could be from dietary deficiencies, or could be congenital.
    I'd gradually file it down, a bit at a time, til it's more normal length, so he can eat better.
    You can also put a concrete block or stepping stone near the feeders and they will rub their beaks on that after eating, which will help keep them worn down. Maybe with time, and proper diet and care it will improve. If not you may have to file it down once in a while.

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