Hen has a cracked beak

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Annemade, Oct 13, 2018.

  1. Annemade

    Annemade Chirping

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    One of my 17 month old hens has a cracked beak. I noticed it today because she wasn't talking grapes from my hand, or picking them up from the ground. She is usually the first for any treat, and usually very excited around treats. I picked her up and while looking her over noticed a crack about 1/4 inch from the end of her beak, about half way across. I think she is eating , her crop wasn't completely empty (430 in the afternoon ). Can I fix it somehow, maybe super glue? I can tell it is bothering her, she is subdued, not her normal self. Any advice is welcome. Thanks.
     
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  2. jonezjollyfarm

    jonezjollyfarm Songster

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    Can we see it? Does it go all the way threw? Do you know how it happened?
     
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  3. chuckachucka

    chuckachucka Crowing

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    I recently tried supergluing my hens cracked beak but a few days later the end of the beak fell off anyway. Luckily she seems OK without the end piece. If the beak is only cracked halfway across, are you sure it is what is bothering her so much? I mean is it possible there is something else wrong with her? Photos would be helpful.
     
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  4. Annemade

    Annemade Chirping

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    I will try to get a picture shortly. It is not all the way across. Makes me think of when you tear a fingernail part way across.
     
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  5. Annemade

    Annemade Chirping

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    Here is the best picture I could get. Jackie was not interested in a photo shoot. She is acting normally, eating meal worms and scratch. Didn't want to bite the grape, I suspect it hurt to apply force to the end of her beak.
     

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  6. Sue Gremlin

    Sue Gremlin Songster

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    I'd try to superglue it to stabilize it. Just be careful not to glue her mouth shut! :)
     
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  7. Annemade

    Annemade Chirping

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    I tried to super glue her beak, she wasn't too cooperative. Not sure how well I did. Didn't want to use too much. At least she wasn't too mad at me, she ate meal worms from my hand. I will check her tomorrow after work and see how she is doing.
     
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  8. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Crossing the Road

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  9. Annemade

    Annemade Chirping

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    Thanks for the link- I read thru it, good information! I will check her again this afternoon after work and see how she is doing.
     
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  10. Soon2BChixMom

    Soon2BChixMom Herding ducks and Wrangling chickens

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    One of my hens broke the tip off. It grew back. Yours doesn't look like too much to worry about. Beaks are like fingernails. As long as she doesn't break it to the quick, she will be fine.
     
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