quail with injured beak

Discussion in 'Quail' started by lauramacf, Nov 25, 2009.

  1. lauramacf

    lauramacf Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 27, 2008
    Webster Groves
    So, one of my hens somehow injured her beak. We saw the blood first and isolated her, finally figuring out that the blood was coming from her beak--but it took a few days to realize that the beak was actually cracked and now we can really see that the top of the beak is now crooked from a long lengthwise crack.

    Anyone ever had such a problem before, and any ideas on treating this? We did rub some antibiotic ointment on there once. She seems okay, but we'll probably keep her isolated from the others for a while.
  2. thatchickenlady

    thatchickenlady Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 15, 2009
    New York
    I have seen this before. If the crack goes up the bill very far, it will be difficult and could get worse. A vet could do something, but the cost for this would be really too high...
  3. macnugget

    macnugget Chillin' With My Peeps

    If you can see the crack clean it off and use superglue to keep it together it will be fine in a few days. They heal quickly we use superglue for cuts as well in the ER
  4. _Randall_

    _Randall_ Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 3, 2009
    Grenada, Ms
    Quote:Are you serious?? LOL.......I've heard it all now. (not that I don't believe ya!). I'da never thought that would be the appropriate thing to do!! But, I'll have to remember that one.
  5. PetersonD

    PetersonD Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 24, 2009
    It is interesting how super glue or a product more of a medical grade is sometimes used to stop bleeding, used in place of sutures, etc. If it were my bird, I'd probably carefully super glue it as he mentioned. But it may not work out satisfactorily in the longer term and there are some other possible drawbacks. When applying the super glue to a cracked beak, I think one would need to make sure not to accidentally glue the upper and lower parts of the bill together, etc. I want to make clear that I am not recommending this to you, only that I personally might do it to save on veterinarian costs if the bird was important to me. http://www.avianweb.com/brokenbeaks.html
    Last edited: Nov 26, 2009
  6. lauramacf

    lauramacf Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 27, 2008
    Webster Groves
    Thank you all for responding, I didn't actually get back here to read your comments until just now (and wow, is this board ever busy!)

    The quail with the beak injury seems to be healing on her own, though it is now a bit crooked. This poor quail seems cursed. Thanks to all who gave advice!

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