Week old chick with crooked beak

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by emib94, May 25, 2017.

  1. emib94

    emib94 In the Brooder

    Mar 18, 2017
    Hendersonville, NC
    So, I have a week old lavender ameraucana and just noticed that its beak is starting to get crooked. I've never had this happen with a chick before, so I have no idea what to do! Any advice? 20170525_195911.jpg 20170525_195931.jpg
  2. Glenda Heywoodo

    Glenda Heywoodo Songster

    Dec 19, 2016
    Cassville Missouri
    Well sad to say nothing can be done and it will be the life of the chicken crooked.
    The bird will need wet mash to try and scoop into its mouth.
    and you will have to clip it at ends of it grows long.
    So you have to decide if it is worth all that trouble or dispose of it humanely.
    sorry to say this but it is a true fact.
    best wished for your decision.
  3. emib94

    emib94 In the Brooder

    Mar 18, 2017
    Hendersonville, NC
    Well, I'm going to give this baby as much of a chance as I can :) our chickens are just as much a pet as our dogs are, here. But, just wondering, do you think this was caused by genetics or could this have been from an injury from another chick or something?
  4. 21hens-incharge

    21hens-incharge Addict

    Mar 9, 2014
    Northern Colorado
    From what I have seen Easter Eggers seem to have this often. Most of the chicks sold as Americauna are in fact Easter Eggers.

    It is called scissor beak. As she grows it is likely to worsen.
    What Glenda said is the sad truth.

    A word of encouragement though...
    I have seen many pics of fully adult hens with this and given wet feed they seem to be holding their own.
    Foraging won't work for them since they cannot pick up small things to eat.

    I would get her on fermented feed right away to give her the best chances.
    Keep a watch on her weight to make sure she is not to thin under all the feathers.
    Wet mash is kinda like fermented feed but without the fermenting.

    I give my birds wet mash made fresh every morning. I simply add dry feed to hot water to make a mush about as thick as runny oatmeal. Let it sit for ten minutes and it thickens up as lot. I make it so that it starts like runny oatmeal and in ten minutes it is like thick oatmeal.

    Best wishes
  5. emib94

    emib94 In the Brooder

    Mar 18, 2017
    Hendersonville, NC
    That is so helpful, thank you!! I'm holding out hope for this pretty little chick!

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