gonzo beak chick

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by mac_chooks, May 19, 2009.

  1. mac_chooks

    mac_chooks Out Of The Brooder

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    One of my new chicks has a giant overbeak! It's not crossed -- I read about those. But it sure isn't normal. She spends a LOT of time shoveling food out of the feeder to eat but I do see her getting some food.

    They are just 2 weeks at this point. I tried clipping the end with nail trimmers and it just didn't work. At least I couldn't do it! I'm fine with a vet visit, or should I wait this out as long as it isn't scissored?

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  2. MoodyChicken

    MoodyChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I so know what that is... but I can't remember it off the top of my head. It's irreversible, but as long as she's eating she should be okay. Clipping the curl will help her eat better, and is necessary when it becomes too long. Do not breed her as this is genetic, I wouldn't recommend breeding her parents again either. I think it's called Parrot Beak (not sure though). I think it's lethal in most cases.
     
  3. mac_chooks

    mac_chooks Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok Thanks. There is a vet clinic that handles chickens so I'll talk to them today. She's from My Pet Chicken, so it's just bad luck on my part. I hope this is manageable though because she has just the greatest colors and I want to keep her -- she's an Easter Egger and we want cool colored eggs!
     
  4. JakRat

    JakRat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I love the name!!!!!!
     
  5. MoodyChicken

    MoodyChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, you'll definitely be able to keep her. I wouldn't even bother to take her to the vet. Just remember to clip it when it gets too long and she'll do just fine.
     
  6. mac_chooks

    mac_chooks Out Of The Brooder

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    I have no idea how to trim it! I tried and she squealed any time I tried even the smallest trim. I'm going to see how the vet does it and then I'll be more confident. Maybe she'll grow into her 'nose'. [​IMG]
     
  7. EricShane

    EricShane Chillin' With My Peeps

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    lol it does look like gonzo!
     
  8. NotTheMomma

    NotTheMomma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Awwww what a cutie! PLease post what the vet says and does. I would guess trim with dog nail clippers. Sometimes we had to trim the lovebirds' beaks, and that's what we were told to use, and to just clip the smallest curved area.
     
  9. EricShane

    EricShane Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:yeah! it really reminds me of a lovebirds beak
     
  10. The Wolf Queen

    The Wolf Queen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She really does look like a parrot!!! Is it bad if when you clip a beak it bleeds???
     

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