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Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by blb4, Oct 3, 2014.

  1. blb4

    blb4 New Egg

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    I just got these from a lady with WAY too many birds; trampling each other in their tiny cages too many. I went to get silkie chicks, but felt bad for these guys and brought them home too. The white one has a crooked beak. I'm not sure if it was born this way or an injury...
    Any thoughts on cause, what it is, if it's fixable, and will it be able to eat/drink normally?
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Beak problems can be genetic as well as from vitamin or mineral deficiencies, and they usually get worse with age. I've not had any will a crooked beak or a cross beak, but sometimes you can trim the beaks to help them peck to groom themselves and eat. Placing the feed in a deep bowl or adding water to feed are ways to help them to eat. Here is a good link to help:
    http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/03/scissor-beak-aka-crossed-beak-what-it.html
    http://ontheurbanfarm.blogspot.com/2012/10/cross-beaksplit-beak-not-hopeless.html
    http://smallfarm.about.com/od/chickens/fl/How-to-Help-a-Crooked-or-Scissor-Beak-Chicken.htm
    http://justfowlingaround.weebly.com/chicken-blog/scissor-beakcrossbeak
     

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