Scissor beak?

Chicks Galore3

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Meet Fiona, my production red 6 1/2 week old chick. I noticed just today her lower beak is "off". Is this is what people call scissor beak? Is there anything you can do about it?




As you can see, it is very slight, but it is there.
 

azelgin

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Might be slight but looks almost normal. Won't be a problem. With true scissor beak, its very obvious and unmistakable. Don't worry, this one will be fine.
There is nothing you can do to correct scissor beak. In severe cases, the chicks just won't grow, as they have a problem picking up standard chick starter, and later on, layer pellets.
 
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Chicks Galore3

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I looked up a little bit about scissor beak and I saw some people make a mash for their scissor beakers. If she gets worse and isn't growing/not getting enough to eat I'll try that. Hopefully she doesn't get to much worse! Thank you for your advice so quickly. :)
 

azelgin

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You won't have to do anything special for her. She will develop just fine. Her beak is normal enough for her to pick up food off of the ground. Scissor beaks have a problem doing that.
 
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