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Rooster upper beak problem

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Paraf, Nov 21, 2009.

  1. Paraf

    Paraf New Egg

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    Hi
    Looking for guidance - Pete our rooster was in a fight a couple of months ago. While I did not notice any beak damage at the time, his upper beak has been growing and is now a problem (maybe the lower beak was cut in the fight). I would guess that when both parts are normal length they wear each other evenly. He is now starting to battle to eat his grains.
    Any suggestions? Do I cut the upper beak? if so how much. Will it be painful for him?
    Any help much appreciated.
    Andre
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  2. PandoraTaylor

    PandoraTaylor RT Poultry n Things

    Jun 29, 2009
    Alaska
    Parrots have the same problem sometimes. you can either use a file or nail clippers (dog/bird) on it and just take about a 1/4 inch off at once wait a day or two, then repeat if necessary. Please be sure to have something to stop bleeding in case you cut to far too soon( flour, Stop Quick). If you choose not to trim his beak, the rooster may starve to death due to being unable to eat, or it could grow underneath and into his throat.
     
    Last edited: Nov 21, 2009
  3. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    Also, as you trim and especially after, provide a surface in the coop and run suitable for him to self-trim: granite rock, cinder block, patio block...though I admit some birds are less likely to use them. Still, it reassures that he has the abilty to self-trim by friction whether he uses it or not. [​IMG]
     
  4. Bantimna

    Bantimna Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 29, 2009
    South Africa
    Pandora Taylor is right you are going to have to do a bit of trimimg and [​IMG] just do you have more than one rooster?
     
  5. Paraf

    Paraf New Egg

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    Thank you for the replies - my only rooster now has a trimmed beak and is much happier. Will probably do a little more in a few weeks.
     

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