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My debeaked chicken's first gourmet meal

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by seminolewind, Oct 18, 2007.

  1. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    For 5 weeks, I have been watching my BO Clarisse peck at bugs, grass, dirt, anything on the ground, not get it because of her beak, and give up. I give the chicks treats, and Clarrise can't pick it up. She pecks at grass and can't get a blade.
    Today that all changed. I pureed cantaloupe, pears, and berries, and mixed in instant oatmeal, and put it in a small tall bowl. She went to town on that!!! The treat was mushy and sticky enough that she could slurp it up! Her beak got messy! I had tears of joy. This opens up a whole new menu...sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, anything that can be made into mush! I guess I just wanted her to be happy.
     
  2. texaschickmama

    texaschickmama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 19, 2007
    Poolville, TX
    AWWWWWWW. I'm so happy she got a treat. Is she actually debeaked? Or trimmed? Why do they do that? :eek:
     
  3. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    She is debeaked, the top beak is cut to about an eighth of an inch of her nostrils, and the bottom has the tip cut off, so her bottom beak juts out about a quarter inch further. Hatcheries do it because the poultry industry crams in too many chickens together, so they peck at eachother, and kill eachother. The way of solving that problem is to cut (debeak, trim) the beak and cauterize it so it won't grow back.
    Of course they tell you that the chickens don't know, but they're wrong. Chickens scratch and peck at the ground constantly because it's their nature,and getting something is the reward.. She never gets anything from doing this, so she just gives up, and has this look on her face that breaks my heart. Sorry I sound like a nut, but I'm a good nut.
     
  4. Redfeathers

    Redfeathers Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 11, 2007
    Gervais OR
    I'm so glad she has you for her "mom" Good job!! [​IMG]
     
  5. McGoo

    McGoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    You are a great mom! Where did you get her? I guess she was a recue? Reading your post was heart-warming.

    Colleen
     
  6. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    Hi, thanks . I got her as a started pullet from a hatchery. I didn't know I was getting a debeaked chicken. But she is mine now and I'll do what I can.
     
  7. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    This is Clarisse [​IMG]
     
  8. JenniferJoIN

    JenniferJoIN Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow... that's crazy! I've never seen a debeaked chicken before. I'm glad she has someone like you to give her a gourmet meal every once in a while!
     
  9. chickengirlnm

    chickengirlnm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    awww that poor hen I am so glad you have her and are spoiling her!!!
    I have never seen one with no beak like that kind of heartbreaking......
    well as long as she is healthy and happy I guess thats all that matters..
    You are a great chicken mom in the kitchen cooking for her LOL

    Julie
     
  10. wegotchickens

    wegotchickens DownSouth D'Uccles & Silkies

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    Poor girl. She looks so sad!
    I wish someone could invent a prosthetic beak for her...
     

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