Split Beak

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by lzoloth, Sep 16, 2008.

  1. lzoloth

    lzoloth Hatching

    Jul 23, 2008
    One of our 6 week old chicks has a defective beak. The bottom part of the beak is shifted off to the left, that is, when she closes her beak, the top & bottom do not line up together. This doesn't seem to have any effect on her eating & drinking & she seems to be growing fine. Still, is this anything to worry about? Is it a common "defect" in chickens?
  2. morelcabin

    morelcabin Songster

    Feb 8, 2007
    Ontario Canada
    I have a silkie like that. She is about 4 months old now and doing fine. It hasn't affected her any but she is a little smaller than the others. I am just taking the wait and see approach...not sure if she will make it through the winter but who knows.
    It's not contagious, so don't worry about it!
  3. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

    Jun 14, 2008
    South Puget Sound
    This is a fairly common defect that many call crooked or twisted beak. I've got a cochin with the problem:

    I have to trim Tribble's beak about once a month with fingernail clippers and a file. She doesn't seem to mind it too much.

    The primary issues for a chicken like this are:
    1. Can the bird eat and drink enough to get a sufficient number of calories to grow/thrive?
    2. Can the bird keep itself clean?
    3. The bird should not be permitted to breed.
    4. The misalignment will get worse with growth, generally stopping around 3-4 months.

    If your bird is able to eat and drink OK, it'll be OK.

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