Upper Beak section broken and split? Will this heal?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by chickenpiedpiper, Nov 17, 2008.

  1. chickenpiedpiper

    chickenpiedpiper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, here is a wierd one, my young Blue Cochin Rooster, Bluester, presented himself this morning, and I noticed his upper beak was broken off at the tip, and there look like two small splits traveling up the beak a bit. The lower 'beak' (lip, bill?) is now sticking out further than the upper by about a quarter inch. The upper section is kind of ragged, and definetly sharp! (puncture on my hand to prove it!) He doesnt seem to notice it, not that he would show it any ways.

    Bluester is one of three of my 6 month old roosters just starting to feel thier oats. He is the gentlest of the bunch, and more apt to run from our adult rooster than tussel. So I am not sure how this happened.

    Should I worry about him? I have a vet I can take him to if need be, but if others have seen this type of injury and not had issues, I am inclined to hold on to my 40 bucks.....

    Has any one ever dremeled at chickens beak?
     
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  2. annmarie

    annmarie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The exact same thing happened to my Golden Comet hen, also when she was around 6 months. The description of the break and cracks are identical. You'll be glad to know her beak grew back in about a months time (I think that's how long it took anyway.) I'd just keep an eye on him to be sure he's able to eat okay and if he is, I wouldn't worry.
     
  3. smom1976

    smom1976 too many projects too little time!

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    I just went out to check on the ladies.. one was in the nest box nice and still and she looked like there was a piece of straw haning out of her beak... so I tried to get it.. it was her beak it has like a sliver comming off of it.. what did you all do? cut it off? leave it alone? poor thing.
     
  4. chickenpiedpiper

    chickenpiedpiper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Well, that night after the birds were all quiet, I scooped him up and brought him in the house where there was really good light, then with my sisters help, we carefully filed off the sharp parts using a nail file. We were very carefull because the tip actually showed a little hollow spot with a blood supply that would have been the nerve, and must be really painful, so we just carefully rounded the sharps and splinters, and then took him back out to the coop, its been about a week now, and he seems to be fine. I have seen him eating and drinking, tho the cold water must hurt like hell!!

    Good Luck!
     
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