Do chicken beaks "molt"?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by undine, Oct 18, 2013.

  1. undine

    undine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I noticed something weird going on with one of my chickens beaks. It looks like its growing another beak from the side of his beak lol but i guess its just molting? Its color is transparent.
     
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  2. cluckin nutty

    cluckin nutty Out Of The Brooder

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    funky...
     
  3. Araucana16

    Araucana16 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Huh. Can you take a photo?
    Does it peel? I know from an old owl skeleton I found a couple years ago that beaks are like finger nails in that they have layers. So a dead chicken beak peels. Not sure about a live one [​IMG]

    If it's transparent you could clip it since it probably doesn't have any blood vessels, but unless it's bothering her, I wouldn't worry.
     
  4. undine

    undine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yep! He's camera shy so the pictures arent as great as i wanted them to be ;( but i hope you guys can still see it.
     
  5. undine

    undine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The little shedding part is happening on the right side of his beak :O he doesnt have a scissor beak
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  6. brooklynbirds18

    brooklynbirds18 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm having a sort of similar issue with my Ameraucana hen. Her beak started to separate and a week later the majority of the top layer kind of flaked off. She's not in pain nor is she bleeding so I'm not going nuts, but her beak is definitely weakened because she can't break certain foods anymore since this.
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/834747/weird-beak-issue-need-some-advice

    I think it's a diet issue, I'm still learning it but the comments on mine say to add more vitamin a and d and calcium to really strengthen the bones. I just read something as well that said it could take 9 - 12 months until the new beak grows.
     
  7. undine

    undine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    wow that seems intense....my roo's beak wasnt so severe like your hen, and eventually it did flake off and his beak was fine. I have two eight week old chicks and eight 16-17 week old pullets. The 17-18 week ones are brutal and are bullies...they really like going for the 8 week old chick's beak(injuring the ee so bad that some parts of her beak was bleeding..and a little dent on my silkies beak). I really hope their beaks wont be severely damaged like that.. or the whole top beak just snapping offf..worst case scenario. I wouldnt know what to do! thanks for this post! =D
     
  8. brooklynbirds18

    brooklynbirds18 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's all good.. But yeah I'm just going to change her diet and add those essential vitamins she must be needing so hopefully by next year hers is grown back. Hope everything works out well for you :)
     

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