Small Split in the beak, will super glue work?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by su-geek, Aug 3, 2007.

  1. su-geek

    su-geek Out Of The Brooder

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    Howdy,

    Oh lovely red sex-link Pauline has a small split in her beak from the tip to up the ridge about 5mm (~1/16"?). It has about a .5mm gap at the tip and of course gets smaller as it goes up the beak. I know super glue (not crazy glue) was designed to seal up wounds in the battlefield, and does its job well (small cuts on the hand) liquid band-aid is basically just diluted super glue. I have been worried the split would just keep getting bigger and my poor chicken would not be happy having a three part beak... I wanted to try super glue to close the gap from the top down, I don't know if we can squeeze it back together or if it would be best just to fill the gap with the glue (without feeding it to her or getting it inside the beak).

    Is this a common problem, what might have caused it (too many sunflower seeds? or scratch)

    I didn't get a good enough picture to bother posting it sorry!

    Thank you for your suggestions and experience in advance!
     
  2. su-geek

    su-geek Out Of The Brooder

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    Okay, I cropped the picture, but it is still large, and a bit blurry. I decided a picture of any kind might help, I will get a better one tomorrow hopefully.

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    Last edited: Aug 4, 2007
  3. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    The pic is a bit hard to see but from what I can make out... It looks really long for a top beak. Does she have dirt and stuff that she pecks at so that it can wear down right? I wouldn't glue it because that might make it hard to naturally wear down right.

    This is a big picture of the beaks of some of my birds and they are really bluntMaybe you could trim the split part? As long as you don't cut too short, it's beak will grow like a fingernail.
     
  4. su-geek

    su-geek Out Of The Brooder

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    Hmm, I didn't know you could trim it. I will try and get a better picture tomorrow, auto-focus isn't always the greatest thing. They all get to go out in the run and run around the backyard when we are home. What do you use to trim the beak, I don't think normal toe-nail type would work (seems like that would hurt them) would dog/cat clippers work better? Well I should head to bed now, but I will check-in tomorrow.
     
  5. TreyClark281

    TreyClark281 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    use the macro setting on your camera it is the little flower thing.
     
  6. su-geek

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    We trimmed the beak yesterday, and filed it a little bit (with a manicure set scouring pad) and she seems to be doing better today. The beak was overlapping the lower beak maybe this is why it split in the first place. [​IMG]
     

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