hooked beak?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Hennyhandler, Dec 7, 2012.

  1. Hennyhandler

    Hennyhandler SilkieJax

    Jun 10, 2009
    I don't know if this is where I should post this but I have a chick that is developing a beak that's started to look like a hawk. It is curved and hooked. Nothing wrong just overly long. My question is this just because she is in a brooder and hasn't been able to scrape it short and her's tends to naturally grow long? If it continues to grow downwards will her bottom beak grow as well and finally hit each other? Is this something that should not be bred?
    Now remember this is not crossbeak or any other kind of beak problem. It is just growing long and I have heard of people filing them down so I could I file it down and see if it continues and breed her as well? Thanks.
  2. Becci

    Becci Chirping

    Apr 11, 2012
    Could you post pictures, to show how badly the beak is hooked? A hooked beak is a beak issue, she really should not be bred. Her beak will likely require a regular trimming, and it will be a life long issue for her. If she is having trouble eating, you'll need to trim and file her beak every couple weeks. It's a lot like trimming a dog's toe nails, clip the tip off, avoiding the 'quick', then file it down smooth. Clip small pieces at a time. If she's not having any issues eating or drinking, trimming her beak may not be necessary. A close eye should still be kept on her, to ensure no problems develop.

    Being in a brooder with limited textures may allow quicker growth of her beak, but it's not creating the problem. Even if she were in the yard, she'd still have an overgrown beak.
    Last edited: Dec 8, 2012
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  3. Hennyhandler

    Hennyhandler SilkieJax

    Jun 10, 2009
    Okay, that makes sense. I was just wanting to make sure I wasn't making a big deal out of it for nothing. I understand that you agree that it should not be bred but is this like a one hundred percent no I shouldn't. Or is this a quality that is not desirable but that still could be used if it looks real good in all other traits? Thanks. I will get a pic.
  4. Hennyhandler

    Hennyhandler SilkieJax

    Jun 10, 2009
  5. Hennyhandler

    Hennyhandler SilkieJax

    Jun 10, 2009
    No one on this??? I have filed her beak down and it is looking better. I do see where it is shifting the bottom beak over a tad. As she is not to be bred I am still wondering if all of her offspring would have this issue or if only some would? How would this work? Thanks.
  6. Chickenkate17

    Chickenkate17 Songster

    Aug 1, 2010
    I'm not sure its an issue. One of my girls (a light brown leghorn) has a very hooked beak, very hawk-like. She's almost 4 months and it doesn't impede her eating or anything.
  7. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Crowing

    Apr 11, 2011
    It looks like it just needs a trim to me. You can see a line where it looks like its overgrown a bit. Put a good sized rock in your brooder and she'll likely take care of it on her own. Good luck!
  8. Hennyhandler

    Hennyhandler SilkieJax

    Jun 10, 2009
    I have trimmed it but when I looked at it later it looks like the bottom beak has shifted over to one side. Do you think this is because I haven't cut it back far enough or it is simply going to be a crossbeaked bird? Maybe I could get another pic from the bottom.
  9. Puddin Fluff

    Puddin Fluff Crowing

    Mar 30, 2012
    River Valley, AR
    She looks really young from the pic. I understand crossbeak occurs often in silkies. There is a crossbeak thread that might help with some of your questions.

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