Parrot like beak on 4 week old cockerel

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by chickenmomma16, Mar 4, 2015.

  1. chickenmomma16

    chickenmomma16 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is this genetic or something else? These are hatchery Welsummers. Any thoughts or opinions welcomed. I only ended up with 2 cockerels out of 7 straight run Welsummers. Not bad! I have to choose which one to keep and which will go to freezer camp. The boy with the hooky beak is more friendly and the normal looking boy is standoffish. I am leaning twards keeping the bow with the normal beak just to be safe and not pass on any weird genetics. Another thing I have to consider is the hooky beak dude is bigger and has always been the "top dog" of my brood.

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    Sorry its not better but you get the idea.
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    HighStreetCoop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    chickenmomma16 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good link, thank you! I guess it was just odd to me to see it so long compared to the others. I have had close to 30+ chickens and various chicks through my coop in the last 4years not including roosters and none have needed their beaks trimmed.

    So I guess this is neither a good thing nor a bad thing? This may put him back in the running for the open "head rooster" position. [​IMG]
     

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