Ok, maybe this doesn't go here but I wanted to know if this beak issue is most likely a genetic or a nutrition problem. This chick was apparently hatched like this, the top portion of the beak stops short. It reminds me of what the "debeaked" chicks look like, although I asked the farmer and he did not do this, it was born that way. My question is this, should I cull it from my flock? I have 20 chickens have had for a week and a half so not attached to them yet. I will want to eventually let "nature take its course" and don't want to perpetuate a problem. He/She (can't tell can you help?) had a hard time getting started and gained weight at about half the rate of its siblings. This was yet another bird we didn't realize had issues until after we got them home, trying to catch chickens is fun if a bit confusing. Thanks for your help. BYC rocks! Edited to add: He/She is about 16 weeks now or therabouts, not too sure, the guy had a lot of different hatches going on at the same time.