Help! broken beak on 8 week old pullet.

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by MotherHen1234, Aug 9, 2018.

  1. MotherHen1234

    MotherHen1234 Chirping

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    image.jpg I found my pullet with a broken beak! She seems to be in pain please help. Any advice is great!
     
  2. MotherHen1234

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    It is still attach on the other side I don’t know how this could of happened.
     
  3. Brahma Chicken5000

    Brahma Chicken5000 Araucana Addict

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    I had my F1 Easter Egger hen break the tip of her beak off a few weeks ago. I was advised by @Soon2BChixMom to dab some blue kote onto the beak. The beak will be very sensitive for a day or two but she will learn to eat and drink.
     
  4. MotherHen1234

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    The top layer of her beak is coming off leaving the fleshy part exposed. She won’t eat or drink.
     
  5. MotherHen1234

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  6. Brahma Chicken5000

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    Give her time. The beak is full of nerves, it takes some time for beak to harden off. Add electrolytes to the water and keep her in a cool shaded area.
     
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    OUCH ... I have read about tea bag & super glue but I'd be afraid of gluing the beak shut or getting in the nostrils. So close to the nostrils, the smell may not be good? Wait for the tagged BYC members, they'll know what to do :bow

    As for feeding, you could wet the crumbles making a mash. Even some scrambled eggs or whatever is soft that she will eat, although it may be awhile before she tries, looks sore. :fl :hugs
     
  9. azygous

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    First of all she's in a lot of pain and probably in shock, the beak being one of the most sensitive parts of a chicken's body. Treat for that first with half a baby aspirin (81 grains) two time a day and electrolytes in her water. (Older chickens get one whole baby aspirin twice a day)

    The tea bag and super glue is impractical in some of these broken beak cases, especially when the victim is so tiny and young. I would keep the beak moist with an antibiotic ointment and give her vitamin B-7 and biotin to help grow in stronger cutaneous cells on her beak.

    Meanwhile, feed her soft foods such as moistened feed, soft boiled egg, yogurt, etc.
     
  10. MotherHen1234

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    Thank you all so much! I put her in our old large brooder in be basement of our house. She is sleeping right now. Since it is 10:00pm here I will need to buy some electrolytes tomorrow at our local feed store. Thank you all for your quick replies. I am really hoping she will try to eat tomorrow!
     

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