over grown bottom beak

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by layalittleeggfo, Nov 2, 2012.

  1. layalittleeggfo

    layalittleeggfo Out Of The Brooder

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    we got 4 nova brown hens last week



    and one of them has a over grown bottom beak, it had been eating fine untill last night when i took there dinner scraps out, i noticed it seemed to struggle getting the food, like i said it has been fine until last night


    how do we trim it????

    i read on the internet that it could be a sign of something more serious???

    thanks Anna
     
  2. Angelpoo

    Angelpoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A friend had this with her chicken but it learned how to eat and they left it like that. I thought it was mean at first but she seemed happy enough...
     
  3. layalittleeggfo

    layalittleeggfo Out Of The Brooder

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    thanks everyone

    it does not seem to have caused any problems up to now x
     
  4. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    She might need a bowl that she can scoop food out of, and moistened food because it's easier to pick up. I don't have any experience with it, but I've read many times of people trimming beaks (and toenails) with clippers or a file. As I understand it, there is a blood supply that extends into the beak and nail, similar to a dog's nails, so the trick is to trim a small amount at a time.

    Here's an article on helping chickens eat who have cross beak or an overgrown beak. Not the same thing, but the approaches should be similar:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/...ds-chickens-including-tube-feeding-techniques
     

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