hook beak

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by abengel, Dec 12, 2011.

  1. abengel

    abengel Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a blue laced red wyandotte pullet with a very pronounced hook (90 degrees) at the end of her beak. I trim/file every couple of weeks but not making a dent in this hook. She seems ok so far, but is this the type of thing that might eventually impede her ability to eat? Thanks,
    Abi
     
  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    I would just keep doing what you're doing........Alot of hatcheries de-beak their started pullets. That's when they nip off a portion of the top beak....I really just hate that idea myself, BUT, I would imagine the trimming that you're doing is just fine, considering alot of these pullets end up with only half of their top beak.......

    You're doing a great job!

    Sharon
     
  3. abengel

    abengel Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks, Sharon! You made me feel a lot better about it. When I did her today, it did seem a bit straighter, so maybe I just have to outlast her growth spurts. Lost a sweet chick to crossbeak and now am a worriwort!
    Abi
     

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