HELP Beloved EE losing weight!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by ZepChick, Aug 9, 2008.

  1. ZepChick

    ZepChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have a 5 and a half month old EE with a crossed beak. In the very beginning it wasn't as bad for her eating habits but now her beak is more curved on the top. I was wondering how far back we should file it and after we file it, what would be some good food for her? Thank you!

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  2. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

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    If the bottom beak is growing I think you should trim hat a bit. The top beal looks like you could take 1/8 " off. File a little at a time and have some quik stop ready so if it bleeds use that. If you just take your time, you should be able to stop right at the point of before it bleeds or just a wee bit of blood.

    I am thinking scrambled eggs fried in butter. Vitamins, only a little. And maybe the game bird feed or meat bird grower soaked in water. I suppose you dont want to give her too much protein though. Some sort of carbohydrates would be good for weight gain. Can you make some cornbread with extra course cornmeal and whole wheat flour? Then soak it in whole milk. Some cooked collard greens all mushed up sounds good too. Maybe some homemade chicken soup, unsalted. Some chopped up fruit like grapes? After saying all this, I do know that she should be on a balanced bird diet to be healthy, but some of these things might help for more weight gain in the short run.
     
  3. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger

    would file the hook off the top beak and feed the soft foods suggested.....hope she does well [​IMG]
     
  4. DDRanch

    DDRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hope it works. She is very pretty.
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  5. chicksinthemachine

    chicksinthemachine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would start feeding her on a "3D" surface instead of a flat surface, if you are not already, just a suggestion.
     
  6. eagletracker1

    eagletracker1 Out Of The Brooder

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    I've had good luck feeding sick birds hard boiled eggs.

    I would also think it should be able to eat crumble poultry feed as long as the dish is deep enough to stick the beak into a pile of crumble.
     
  7. ZepChick

    ZepChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay thanx everyone! We'll try all your methods and let you know what happens.
     
  8. sammi

    sammi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    she might need a deep feeder rather then a flat one.
     
  9. ZepChick

    ZepChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We trimmed her beak and this morning the poor little girl passed.
     
  10. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    :aww I'm so sorry you lost her.
     

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