Help Crooked Beak

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Dark4, Sep 20, 2010.

  1. Dark4

    Dark4 Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 23, 2010
    ME NH border
    My seven week old silkie has a crooked beak (the top and bottom are a bit over grown and are slid apart at a diagonal).
    I didn't notice anything tell just last week so I gave her a cuttle bone and she's been pecking on it but it's getting worse and I'm really worried, she also has a crooked toe that she's had sense hatch.
    Can anyone help I really love her
  2. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

    Apr 6, 2007
    I don't know many people who have repaired a crooked beak. I do know a lot who have given them a little extra help with eating and the birds were just fine. As log as she gets enough food and water she'll most likely be like any other chicken. Crooked beaks are common.
  3. bawk_bawk

    bawk_bawk Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 18, 2010
    I don't know how to help with that, but I have a chicken that has a very crooked beak but eats and drinks just fine. She may take more time, but she acts pretty normal.
  4. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    The only question is, is she able to eat?

    Lots of people on here have experience with beaks like this. Sometimes they need trimming so the bird can eat, or the bird needs a special dish so she can scoop the food into her mouth.

    Do a search in this section on "crossbeak." Lots of info.
  5. Dark4

    Dark4 Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 23, 2010
    ME NH border
    I remembered that we just changed there food a week ago and that's wen the beak started to shift. so now I have them back on there old food and I don't think it will get any worse. I actually hope it will get better as she finishes growing up.
  6. Kasia

    Kasia Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 9, 2007
    New Orleans
    I have a littl serama hen, Lucy, that has a crooked or "scizzor" beak. She can eat and drink just fine, and I keep the overlapping beak trimmed so it kind of evens out and she's able to pick the food up a little better.

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