Is there a cure for crossbeak?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by cassie0980, Jun 16, 2009.

  1. cassie0980

    cassie0980 In the Brooder

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    I hatched some BO/Americauna eggs for a friend from church on May 26. We hatched 14 out of 18, and they all looked great! This past Sunday, the 14th, she said that one of them has a crossed beak. I know it wasn't like that when it hatched, I'd have noticed something like that. Is this something that just happens? How do we fix it?
     
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  2. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

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    The beak will continue to get worse as the chick grows. How bad it actually is will vary widely.

    1. Make sure that the chick can eat & drink. You may need a deeper bowl for the chick.
    2. You can trim the beak (carefully) to help it get access to food. Use fingernail clippers and a file.

    I've got a banty cochin with a slight twisted beak. Hers it's very serious. There are many on BYC with severe cases. Sometimes you may have to cull a bird with this deformity if it cannot eat on its own.
     
  3. danielbrown

    danielbrown Songster

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    If you/they keep it alive do not breed it.
    You can pass on these unwanted traits.
     
  4. givengrove

    givengrove Chirping

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    Can a chicken with crossbeak drink from a nipple waterer?
     
  5. tastyacres

    tastyacres Crowing

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    You might be better off starting a new thread!

    All my chickens drank from a nipple water... But none of the mines had a to a severe case of the cross beak!
     
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  6. ronott1

    ronott1 A chicken will always remember the egg

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    I have one that is drinking from a vertical water nipple. It has to be pushed in against a spring. It is also eating fine too. The chick is likely a cockeral though. If so, he will be chicken dinner soon.
     
  7. givengrove

    givengrove Chirping

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    Poor boy! Haha but thank you anyway
     
  8. bekachickenborn

    bekachickenborn Chirping

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    How severe is the cross? My crossbeak has just a slight cross. She eats and drinks fine. I'm just sure to trim her beak every month or so. I was really disappointed when I first noticed it. But Thomas (yes it's a girl...my three year old named her) is sweet, quirky, and has become my favorite bird. Good luck!
     
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