Twisted beak, will she lay eggs?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Indiana hens, Jan 20, 2009.

  1. Indiana hens

    Indiana hens Songster

    Jun 25, 2008
    Pendleton, Indiana
    Ameraucana with a twisted beak. I usually cull these as chicks , as I thought they would be sterile. I was planning on butchering her in a couple days but yesterday the roosters were mating with her. Anyone have any luck with deformed hen?
  2. The Chicken Lady

    The Chicken Lady Moderator Staff Member 10 Years

    Apr 21, 2008
    West Michigan
    I'm not sure what type of cause-effect relationship you're wanting to know about.

    Roosters mating a hen will not cause the hen to lay eggs. Hens will lay eggs without ever even seeing a rooster at all.
  3. M@M@2four

    [email protected]@2four Songster

    Mar 12, 2008
    As far as the twisted beaks go, often this is due to an incubation issue and not something that is a genetic defect. She will lay whether there is a rooster present or not...I would let her be and see how she does. If she's made it this far, she sounds strong. And she could potentialy be a great layer for you! [​IMG]
  4. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    If she is able to eat and grow, she should be able to lay and mate.

    But, what if the beak thing is a genetic defect? Would you want to pass that on?
  5. lurky

    lurky Songster

    Jun 4, 2007
    Western MA
    My crossbeak lays eggs [​IMG]
  6. Indiana hens

    Indiana hens Songster

    Jun 25, 2008
    Pendleton, Indiana
    Quote:Was my question. I have never had any quail that lived long that had twisted beak. I would not hatch any from her if she did lay. I figured it would take her longer to mature but I am tired of waiting as it appears she eats more than the other hens.
  7. corancher

    corancher Songster 11 Years

    Apr 18, 2007
    I don't think she is eating more. With a cross beak it would be harder for her to eat thus it likely looks like she is eating more because it takes her longer to eat.

    If you don't hatch her eggs, then there would be no chance to pass defeat to offspring so it is your call as to keep her or not. As everyone else already said she will likely lay eggs that is as long as she is able to get enough to eat to keep her healthy.
  8. I have a EE Crossbeak. She lays pretty olive green eggs. She does take more time eating since her beak doesn't allow her to "peck" at her food. I leave a large bowl of mixed mash/scratch up on a shelf that she can really dig into and fill her crop a few times a day. I don't plan on hatching any of her eggs but they eat just fine. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Jan 20, 2009
  9. Bec

    Bec THE Delaware Blue Hen

    We had a crossed beak goose and she had 3 healthy, happy batches of babies, 3 springs in a row! None of the babies ended up with it and she was an excellent mother!


    She is the Embden
  10. rosegal

    rosegal Songster

    Dec 6, 2008
    Tustin, CA
    I adopted a hen that has only 1 eye and a crossed beak. She walks around all the time looking for food and takes forever to eat. But, she is growing and I assume the others have gotten so used to her unusual body movements and leave her alone that she will do just fine when the time comes. I will probably have to make a special box for her to find and lay eggs, I won't hatch them but will look forward to eating hers too! The lady at the feed store said she will be fine as long as the others can get used to her 'special' needs.

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