Turkey with broken beak

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by Feathyr, Jan 12, 2017.

  1. Feathyr

    Feathyr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just went out to the coop to give the brats their snacks and found that one of my Bourbon Red hens broke about a 1/4 inch of her beak covering off, exposing the core. There's little to no blood. She doesn't seem to be in any pain, but I'm concerned that she may not want to eat or drink because of it.

    I've never dealt with a seriously chipped beak like this - most of them have been minor and healed in their own time. How should I go about treating it?

    EDIT: Would coating it with a layer of petroleum jelly help?
     
    Last edited: Jan 12, 2017
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    Most stuff I just leave alone to heal up. You will have to watch and see if she can eat and drink. I would assume it's similar to a debeaked bird. Sorry I can't give much more advice as I haven't dealt with it.
     
  3. birdmanmax

    birdmanmax Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree most things heal up on there own. I have had chickens and even a few ducks who some how broke a portion of there beak/bill off (half the beak for one chicken). And with all those birds there beaks healed up on there own. I would just leave it be and keep in eye on it and the bird make sure it is eating and drinking and check the beak daily to make sure it doesn't get infected.
     
  4. Feathyr

    Feathyr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you both for answering, you've eased my mind quite a bit. It has been a couple of days and she seems fine - no loss of appetite or dehydration, so I'll just continue keeping an eye on her. Thanks again!
     
  5. Feathyr

    Feathyr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Update:
    Her beak has nearly grown back entirely, with little signs of the original trauma.
     
  6. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    That's good to hear, and that was quick.
     

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