Diary of a Crossbeak: Support for Special Needs Chickens and their Keepers

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Nimby Chickens, Feb 11, 2012.

  1. Imprfctme

    Imprfctme Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree, it is horrific when done to otherwise healthy birds, but then again, these birds are still able to eat, no? Would it be better or worse for crossbeaks if you cut their beaks off altogether? Would you just have a bird with two misaligned stubs that is completely unable to eat? How do these beakless birds even eat anyway? I know zero about commercial poultry farming. I suspect the answer to your other question has already been answered by the commercial guys as welll, i.e., how much calories does a bird expend on heating itself and at what point do you heat them versus let them stay outdoors? Or do they get around that by packing them in so tight they heat each other? (Grim, I know, but sadly the truth). I have to say, I think they are better off outdoors for most of the time since that probably kills off any lice growing on them as well. You don't want to keep bringing them inside and outside because it's the re-adjusting that really throws them out of whack. I'm more inclined to leave them without heat outdoors but I live in Southern NY state. If you live somewhere very windy or where the temps repeatedly drop below freezing then it is probably more of an issue.
     
  2. NewToFarming

    NewToFarming Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She is very cute!
     
  3. NewToFarming

    NewToFarming Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think the debeaking is horrible. They are not able to eat as well and they have trouble preening themselves. The only reason they do it is to stop the pecking in the overcrowded conditions they have them live in.
     
  4. Imprfctme

    Imprfctme Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Gotcha - so it would be trading one eating problem for a different sort of eating problem. Well it was a thought! I think you do have to do it early on anyway.
     
  5. cindersga

    cindersga Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Balletmum ~ My crossbeak is a Mille Fluer D'Uccle. She can't really pick up dry food that well so I make her a mash. Put the dry in with water, peanut butter or bananas and sometimes a little greek yogurt. I have also added seeded 9 grain bread. She is always hungry and runs to the door anytime it opens and even will pace outside the kitchen door/window so I can see her. I love that little girl. She can't pick up or eat the mealworms because of the beaks crookedness. Mine's beak is like yours. But...you could blend up a mix and give it to her in a bowl. All my silkies love her mash so she has to share it. I've created a monster. She wasn't gaining any weight until I started giving her mash. Now she has really plumped up. Good luck. Oh...I do need to clip her beak soon...I haven't done it I'm scared [​IMG]
     
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  6. BuckNBark Farm

    BuckNBark Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My cross beaked, white in the hair, train wreck of the standard Polish :) I love him/her the best. Soooo sweet. The only chicken I have that comes to me to be held- sweeter than the Silkies! -Pam P.
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  7. BuckNBark Farm

    BuckNBark Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I guess his is a slight cross beak, compared to the others! They are all beautiful to me. Pam
     
  8. BullChick

    BullChick Not who you think Premium Member

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    I think it is due to a change in the coop, but Cadburry has not been coming to me asking for food. I thought she was mad at me, but looking at her, she looks like she has really filled out lately. Her beak looks more crossed, but I don't know that I want to trim it with her doing so well. Then again, if trimming makes it easier to eat, and gives her more of a rest from standing at the feeder all day, I should do it. [​IMG] IDK. She does look better. I know that.
    The change is that 5 roosters are gone, and the door between the chick grow out pen is now open. She gets to stay in the extra room as long as she wants while everyone else uses the other feeders and waterers by the pop door or outside. No sharing.
     
  9. Balletmum55

    Balletmum55 Just Hatched

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    Thanks for that recipe @ cindersga---I noticed that although Pico has been eating all day--she is not as big as her sisters--so I will try your mash idea!!! (Pico is on my shoulder as I write you!!)---xoxo
     
  10. cindersga

    cindersga Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's great Balletmum55! When I learned about the mash on here that is when our BrokeBeak started filling out. I now make the mash in a small bowl just for her and have her eat inside the kitchen with us. The other chicks didn't need the mash they were just eating hers and liking being spoiled. You could also add some vitamins to the mash. They suggest childrens Poly-vi-sol NO IRON. It just gives them a little added umph. You don't need much just a drop or two in the bowl mixed in once a day. Don't give her yogurt everyday just once a week maybe. I will also mix in some oatmeal for BB along with oranges smushed up. She loves the oranges, bananas, and peanut butter for sure. Good luck and keep everyone on here posted. We have to uplift one another. I now have 6 new babies and one came out with leg problems and thanks to BYC I found the answer to my problem and a band aid between the legs acted like a splint and my little hatched baby is fine now. What a wonderful thing!. Blessings [​IMG]
     

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