Scissor Beak...How bad?

simon7mm

In the Brooder
6 Years
Nov 28, 2013
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3
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Western NL, Canada
I am fairly new to chickens, and recently picked up a couple of Ameracauna chicks. Within a week, I noticed one with a problem with it's beak. It seems to be growing same as the others, works a little harder to pick up food but it does get some.

The picture is from about 2.5 weeks old. wondering if it could live on it's own or will it starve. I don't want it to suffer.

All my birds are free ranged.
 

azelgin

Songster
12 Years
Jan 18, 2008
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S.E. AZ
All my birds are free ranged.
They do ok, when they are young in front of a feeder full of chick starter. I've found as they get older, they just don't do well.
They quit growing and get can't get enough food to thrive.
I would not expect it to do well free ranging, at all.
I cull the ones with scissor. Not a good trait to pass on and not going to be a good layer.
 

simon7mm

In the Brooder
6 Years
Nov 28, 2013
37
3
24
Western NL, Canada
Thanks for the Reply. I was thinking along the same lines. I see it try to pick up a small piece of food unsuccessfully and it is pitiful.
 
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