Hello fellow chicken folks!.... A comment on Scissor beak

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by AzBanshee, Jul 29, 2014.

  1. AzBanshee

    AzBanshee Hatching

    Mar 18, 2014
    Tempe, Arizona
    Hi everyone. I've been a member for the last 3 months but have never posted before. I joined ahead of time to learn everything I could about chickens before actually owning them. This site has been such a valuable source of information! Well.. I now have 5 lovely little ones... 12 day old Buff Orpingtons. Mary, Sybil, Edith, Cora & Anna. I'm so head over heels in love with them already, especially now that when I come home from work and walk to their brooder they get so excited and chirp like crazy & run towards me when they hear my voice. They are now fighting to be the first one to jump in my hand when I place it inside the brooder! Ahhh... chicken love~ didn't know it would be this addicting!
    I live in Tempe, Arizona and am a veterinary technician. I have a standard poodle that I'm trying to acclimate to the chicks..... very frustrating to say the least. Anybody have any good suggestions?

    I wanted to bring up the issue of scissor beak. One of my babies started showing signs of it at 5 days old.


    From what I've read, the earlier it shows up the more severe it can be. [​IMG] In addition to the special feeding one can do there is also the possibility of correcting the malformed beak!! I will be taking my Sybil to a veterinary dentist to have her beak realigned using an acrylic appliance. It's fairly commonly done on the large birds such as cockatoos & Macaws with scissor beaks. She is very active and bright (#2 in the pecking order so far!) She will have to wait until she is older to have her beak corrected. As long as she continues to do so well I'm definitely planning on having it done. All of my animals are loved like family members and I will do everything possible to ensure that they have a long, healthy and happy life! I'm very fortunate that I work in the veterinary field because they can get expensive..... but they're worth it!
  2. iwiw60

    iwiw60 Crowing

    Jan 27, 2014
    Central Oregon
    Keep us updated with her progress, I'd be very interest to know the details....
  3. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons

    Apr 23, 2014
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    Sorry about your baby! Let us know what happens.
  4. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Bird is the Word

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    So sorry about your baby. Usually once the crossing of the beak starts, it does not repair itself. Have you seen this thread on taking care of a cross beak? This may help you take care of her...https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/...-for-special-needs-chickens-and-their-keepers

    Good luck with her and I hope you can give her a wonderful life!

    Oh, and your brooder of babies sounds just adorable! :)
  5. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Crowing

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC! Glad you decided to join our flock. I hope your chick will be okay. TwoCrows has provided you with a good link. Keep us updated on her condition and feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck with your chick.
  6. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging

    Feb 18, 2011
  7. [​IMG]Alright great to have you joining the BYC flock [​IMG]
  8. sumi

    sumi Égalité

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] Glad you joined us! Good luck with your chick and the dog training!
  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    That is very interesting I had no idea they could realign the beak with a acrylic appliance, almost like a chicken with braces. I have heard that it is easier for them to eat if you pile up feed in the dish, so they have a better chance of connecting with some.

    If she would end up having the work done it would be great to see before and after photos. I had no idea parrots could have this done. How many weeks/months does it take to complete treatment? Do the birds tolerate it well?
  10. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    PS I wish you would start a new thread re: Avian dentistry. BYC also has threads for cage birds and I think they would be interested in the topic as well.

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