Hen with cracked beak

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by NCchicken, Sep 25, 2011.

  1. NCchicken

    NCchicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a 19 week old pullet who has a cracked beaked right down the center. Just noticed it today. Doesn't seem to bother her. I dont want it to get worse. Should i seal it up with super glue?
     
  2. BasicallyHeather

    BasicallyHeather Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You might want to consider quarantining her from other chickens until it heals. It will keep from extra strain if you can keep her from pecking other chickens.
     
  3. welasharon

    welasharon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Pecking other chickens won't hurt it. They can crack from pecking hard surfaces or, more likely, from catching it in something. I have a showgirl rooster who had a split down the front of his and it was forked. I realized he had no hard surface to rub it on. I put a couple cement stepping stones in the pen and after a while I realized it was no longer forked and the split had grown out. I didn't glue it but I guess you could if it moves.
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  4. NCchicken

    NCchicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Cement block is a great idea. I have some extra bricks I can put in there. I assume they would work similar to the cement blocks. I guess I didnt realize that their beaks could grow out. I have no idea how long her beak has been this way but she isnt in any pain and is still eating and drinking just fine.
     
  5. FinallyChickens2011

    FinallyChickens2011 Out Of The Brooder

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    thanks for the input to the question i hadn't even posted yet! our pullet's beak is cracked on her right side, kinda far back. she seems to be ok...

    next question:
    we only have 4 pullets, all raised together, so i don't think there's too much danger of her being picked on, do you all? our coop/pen doesn't make for easy quarantining...

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    2 black stars pullets, 2 dark cornish pullets
     
  6. NCchicken

    NCchicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    For my pullet and situation i think I am just going to keep an eye on her and see what happens. She is eating and drinking just fine. I will put in some cement blocks that dh can get from work though. I was reading that you should not use superglue on their beaks because its toxic. Instead if I need to I will use new skin. That liquid bandage stuff. Thanks for your suggestions and comments everyone!
     
  7. welasharon

    welasharon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would not separate for a cracked beak. The beak grows like a fingernail.

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  8. Ozchicken

    Ozchicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have super glued beaks before. You have to be extremely careful not to get glue anywhere else, but done carefully it can prevent a split extending. Depends on the damage.
     

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