My chicken has chipped off part of her upper beak!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by StarLover21, Sep 9, 2012.

  1. StarLover21

    StarLover21 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm not sure how it happened, but it was about a week ago, and is looking steadily worse. She 'seems' to be eating okay, but I'm not totally sure. She is a 8.5 month old wheaten maran, though she is very little. Is there any special care I should be giving her? Will it regrow? I'm worried she won't get enough to eat because she does get picked on by the older girls. She is a runt already and had mites awhile back, so not eating would be the last thing she needs.

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  2. EFaye

    EFaye Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes, her beak will grow back! You should watch her the next few weeks to make sure the other chickens are not pecking on her. Also, add some water to her food to make a mash would help her eat. Because her top beak is now shorter, she will have a hard time picking food up from the ground or pecking on vegetables. She should be fine with a little soft food :) Good Luck!
     
  3. StarLover21

    StarLover21 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay, thanks! I assume I should change out the 'mash' daily? I can probably confine her and her friend Sammy to the coop for the next week or so to make sure the big girls don't pick on her and that she eats her mash, if that would help.
     
  4. EFaye

    EFaye Out Of The Brooder

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    Yep, that would help. But you could also give hand feed her a meal or two a day and she would probably do fine. Yes, you'll have to change out the mash regularly to keep it from spoiling. Good luck with her, I hope her beak grows quickly!
     
  5. StarLover21

    StarLover21 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks, I hope so too!
     

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