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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by kamrynwade, Feb 18, 2016.
Does anyone know if I can do anything to help or correct scissor beak?
There are several threads on BYC that cover this topic. Probably also search under cross beak. I have had a hen that was fineaslond as she was provided with a deep dish and wet crumbles.
Can someone plez help me..I have 6 ROR hens, they are almost 6 months old..They have layed eggs since they were 17 weeks old & a couple of them lays 2 a day with double yoke..I have 1 ROR roo..I notice that 2 of my hens look like they have been shaven around their butt area..Their skin isn't red or broken down at all, I'm just worried that something is wrong..They steady dust themselves & play, & they eat corn, grass, boiled eggs, & they have oyster shells also to scratch & shavens in their boxes & house..Just don't know what has happened to their feathers..If someone knows plez let me know, ty so m u check in advace..Debbie
They eat laying pellets also..Sry abt my post I'm on my phone & it seems to want to spell things for me..My hens are RIR, Not ror..sry..Ty in advance..
oh you said no red. Lol my bad. From my knowledge it could be anywhere from molting, lice, vent leek, mites, or feather pecking by self or others.
Need Help Plez!!..My 7 ladies are almost 7 months old, they have been laying since they were 17 to 18 weeks old..Nice eggs everyday..Yesterday I went out to clean their yard as I do everyday, I noticed a skin like thing on the ground, it look like a yoke of an egg around it..It looked so gross..My ladies have always layed in their house in their nice boxes, what is going on??.. If anyone knows plez help..They are also moting, I think that's is what it's called when they losing their feathers..Ty all in advace..
Nothing. Put the chick down. It will never be able to eat correctly and never have a proper chicken life.
Go to the store and get a bag of Nutrena Naturewise Feather Fixer feed. See the Nutrena article, " Naked But Not Afraid; A Chicken’s Molting Process "
and from other BYCer's : https://www.backyardchickens.com/products/nutrena-naturewise-feather-fixer-18/reviews/10374
Should be able to get it at Tractor Supply and Rural King, etc. for 14.99 to 16.99 for a 40. lb. bag. I used it here last molt with my Light Sussex. Wow! They looked great and never got the rough bedraggled look during the molt.
Feed that to all your birds which are at least 16 weeks old. Nothing younger. It will get them thru the molt in fine shape. Their feathers will never look better. Plus you may even get eggs during the molt. This egg thing may just be their bodies adapting to the molt. Keep an eye out for a repeat performance of that funny egg. If you see one, take a pic and post it here. It sounds like an egg which was laid without a shell. That happens sometimes when the birds don't have enough calcium. The Feather Fixer should help with that.
Karen in western PA, USA
If you give the chick a deep dish that it can put it's beak all the way into and/or feed it yourself, it could be fine. Best of luck,
it is an interesting question and certainly there would be surgery and prosthesis. If there'd be a way to attach a little splint traction system a few hours a day that also may work you never know. Either way you'd be one of the first or one of the few who can do it. Otherwise you can feed by hand till then. Deep dishes full of food are of course a great idea as well. The chick may well learn it's own way around the problem, but would do better with intervention I expect.
I do have a chook with poor beak to eye co-ordination, it does best with a deep dish of food and lives a normal life.