Should I worry about hens' growing beaks?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by toritori, Feb 28, 2015.

  1. toritori

    toritori Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I only have 2 Silver Laced Wyandottes right now, Heckle and Jeckle. It has been ridiculously cold (days without temps above 0F, nights -30F for the last 3 months), so the girls have stayed right in their coop. They are happy and content, but I just noticed that it looks like their upper beak has grown. I only noticed it when Jeckle clicked her beak together like my great grandmother used to do with her dentures! It's not bad, but there is definitely a difference.

    I guess the question is, should I be concerned? They are eating and drinking ok. I am assuming that this is because they haven't been out foraging like they do all summer and fall. Is there something I can give them to "simulate foraging"....my 7 year old's idea was to tack sandpaper on the floor and put treats on it. Actually, not a bad thought. Maybe I am worried about nothing. Thanks everyone for the help!
     
  2. Puddin Fluff

    Puddin Fluff Overrun With Chickens

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    Maybe post a pic of your issue. I have a silkie who has what I call a parrot beak. It over grows and my hubby and I take a dremel tool to it to keep it in check. It is a undesirable defect in chickens but she is a pet and not being breed so we keep her.
     
  3. keesmom

    keesmom Overrun With Chickens

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    If the top is getting overgrown you can trim the tip with nail trimmers.
     
  4. 21hens-incharge

    21hens-incharge Overrun With Chickens

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    A flock block in the coop will help trim the beak some too.
     
  5. SunkenRoadFarms

    SunkenRoadFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Place a brick or large rock in the coop. They will naturally hone their beaks on it.
     

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