I can't believe this is my first post on this forum! I have been reading here since I first started researching chickens and I found this has been the very best place for information. In any case, I have a 3 month old sweet EE with a pretty severe cross beak. I only got her a little over a week ago and she was living with other birds in a horse stall (no special provisions). At first I was hopeful that with some special TLC she could thrive, but I'm getting worried. She will eat a really soupy mash when I hold the bowl for her up off the ground, and is definitely drinking. But, she seems weak and when I tried to feel her crop yesterday I realized that she is indeed really thin. She "looks" beautiful and healthy, but I'm concerned that she may be suffering. Actually - yesterday I noticed she was rubbing her beak on the ground over and over. She didn't stop when I walked over and picked her up. A friend today mentioned that it could be painful for her, and honestly that was the first time I had considered it could hurt. Could it? I have been obsessed with getting her to eat and drink enough. She has adjusted well to the flock and no one is picking on her. Right now I am bringing her inside for a few hours a day to just eat and rest, but she roosts with the big girls at night. I've been reading different ideas on cross beaks, some do fine and some cull right away I know. I have no problems giving her extra care - I just don't want her suffering. :::sigh::: Well - I'd love to hear other's thoughts. I'm posting a pic of her below. Thank you so much for any insight (and the years of wisdom I've already gotten from this awesome forum!) If anyone knows of other methods of care (getting food into her) that I should try...or could a vet help?