Help the Mona Lisa

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by cherylw, Oct 8, 2013.

  1. cherylw

    cherylw Hatching

    5
    0
    7
    Oct 8, 2013
    Florida
    [​IMG]
    cherylw

    Today at 7:38 am​
    I have a 5mo chicken that had a crooked beak to begin with. There was no issues because of that. We named her Mona Lisa because of that! She has some how either cracked the top and broken the tip.She is missing half of the top and not able to pick up any food, or veggies etc... I have started to add water with her crumble. She will take just a bites and walk away, although she did eat several bites of sour cream. I am very concerned. She must be drinking. She is very friendly and I do try to feed her by putting some on her mouth. She just does not seem to be to interested. I am afraid that her out come might not be the greatest. If any one has any ideas... Here is a pic of her before...
    [​IMG]
     
  2. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO.

    84,499
    3,994
    646
    Jun 15, 2012
    Washington
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]Happy you joined us! :)
     
  3. sumi

    sumi Égalité

    37,769
    13,867
    1,037
    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] Such a lovely hen! Sorry to hear about her problems. Depending on how bad the break was and if any nerves/blood vessels got damaged in the process it may grow back/heal by itself. But in the meantime the poor thing needs to eat. I used to have some severely debeaked ex-battery hens who had a little difficulty eating and I found if I mix their layer pellets with some water and dished it up in bowls, so they could really dig in there with their beaks they could eat it easily. Maybe that will help with your hen? After she ate feel her crop to check how much she managed to eat and encourage her as much as possible by offering healthy treats in-between the food. Best of luck!
     
  4. liz9910

    liz9910 Crowing

    12,404
    527
    338
    Apr 8, 2012
    Northern California
    Welcome to BYC! Good luck with your hen :)
     
  5. AK Baha

    AK Baha Songster

    1,523
    75
    148
    Jul 10, 2013
    Anchorage, Alaska.
    [​IMG]
     
  6. Mr MKK FARMS

    Mr MKK FARMS Crowing

    33,754
    769
    446
    Sep 27, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! Glad you joined us! [​IMG]
     
  7. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

    78,116
    70,684
    1,547
    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    I agree with Sumi - feeding her in bowls with a 'depth' of feed may facilitate her ability to eat. Good luck with her.
     
  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    105,215
    81,215
    1,677
    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    [​IMG] also she may appreciate some soft food like ' scrambled eggs
     
  9. cherylw

    cherylw Hatching

    5
    0
    7
    Oct 8, 2013
    Florida
    Thanks so Much for your reply and advise.. I got her to eat some of her mash in a bowl that was recommended by Sourland and Sumi. I am going to mash up a boiled egg. She seems to be eating her mash some better this am. Thanks again
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by: