We got a really freaky chicken!!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by silkieflock, Jan 22, 2010.

  1. silkieflock

    silkieflock Out Of The Brooder

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    She is in perfect health and eats normally, I watch her eat and she is impressive. She uses her tongue!
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  2. BarkerChickens

    BarkerChickens Microbrewing Chickenologist

    Nov 25, 2007
    High Desert, CA
    Holy moly her top beak is long!! [​IMG] You lay want to consider taking a file to that puppy before it causes issues with her eating (or pokes an eye out![​IMG] ). [​IMG]
     
  3. silkieflock

    silkieflock Out Of The Brooder

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    Do they make something that is faster than a file to cut a beak off? I want her to keep laying. [​IMG]

    bandsaw?[​IMG]
     
  4. OverEggstended

    OverEggstended Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We use a dremel for dog nails and parrot beaks when really needed (we have a blue crowned conure that gets a razor point on his beak!).
     
  5. jeslewmazer

    jeslewmazer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 24, 2009
    Mississippi
    If you are careful you could try nail trimmers but if the beak is to thick try dog nail trimmers and keep her calm and only a little at a time so not to crack the beak. If you can cover her eyes that might keep the stress down.
    This is only a suggestion and if you are unsure about it then don't do it. I'm sure there are other methods but I don't know other than filing.
     
  6. silkieflock

    silkieflock Out Of The Brooder

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    what kind of wheel do you use? diamond?
     
  7. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

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    You can use a dremel tool with the sanding bit. Just take off a little so it does not bleed. Wait a couple days and allow the bloodline to recede a bit then take off some more and repeat that process until you have it at a normal length. Have some bleed stop powder handy in case you nick the bloodline because it will bleed like crazy. Poor girl.
     
  8. OverEggstended

    OverEggstended Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yep, sanding bit.

    Remember that dremels get warm... and beaks are very sensative. So I agree that doing a little at a time is good.

    Word to wise... use corn starch to stanch bleeding on birds... steptic powder is toxic to them.
     

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