new chickens bad beaks

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by russell, Sep 11, 2007.

  1. russell

    russell In the Brooder

    Sep 11, 2007
    I bought several chickens from that live in very bad conditions. when i got home with them i noticed that 3 had hardly no upper beak at all. i have watched thae over the past few days and thay seem to be eating and drinking well. but still concerned. can any one give me advice on wether or not there beaks will grow back and what i need to do to help them out. thanks russ
  2. arlee453

    arlee453 Songster

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    Sounds like their beaks were trimmed at some point in the past. A lot of the big hatcheries trim beaks of the chicks they grow out for 'started pullets' since they are packed in tight conditions and can start to peck one another.

    Depends on how and when and how much was trimmed as to whether the beak will grow back.

    If they are full grown or started pullets, it is likely to be permanent.

  3. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    Yep, sounds like they were debeaked. Nothing you can do for them now other than keep the feeders full so they can eat and the water dishes deep so they can drink. It's basically like cutting off and cauterizing your finger tips so that your nail cant grow. Except it's done to their equivalent of hands, their beak.
  4. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    Waterers and food dishes that are deep rather than wide can help...
    Thanks for rescuing them. [​IMG]

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