Weird beak issue.. Need some advice

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by brooklynbirds18, Oct 30, 2013.

  1. brooklynbirds18

    brooklynbirds18 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello members. So I have my Ameraucana, her name is Brighton and she is about a year old as of last week. Also last week, the left side of her beak started to detach and now it looks like the entire first layer of the top is gone. I don't know If this equates but imagine a human and the first layer of our skin is removed from our nose (just how it seems). Luckily she isn't bleeding and isn't showing any signs of pain, but she can't eat certain things that she usually loves to. For example eating a leaf requires too much pressure and I break it up for her, as well as the spine of a lettuce leaf Also seems like too much pressure. Romaine lettuces to be precise.

    You can see the line where it separates and i Really don't know what to do. I've tried to touch it and it doesn't feel soft or bad, but not strong and boney like the way it used to be.
    She's our sweetest and friendliest girl and we'd be devastated if anything happened to her please help. It is slightly discolored but hard to tell until you get really close to her. The piece that broke off was much bolder and greener like her feet, well Ameraucana feet lol. Got some pictures too. Thank you

    Also because of an hoa issue we gave the rest of our girls away so she's sadly the only one remaining, and with her beak in the way it is we didn't want to give her away. But I'll be posting that story in another thread.

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    This is how it used to look for comparison before the top layer was gone.

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  2. TOP KNOT

    TOP KNOT Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. brooklynbirds18

    brooklynbirds18 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah I've read that before, but I don't know if it applies. Her beak isn't actually broken, it's like it peeled off a layer.. Thanks tho, I appreciate the help
     
  4. TOP KNOT

    TOP KNOT Chillin' With My Peeps

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    what are you feeding? Could there be a deficiency in vit D or biotin?
     
  5. brooklynbirds18

    brooklynbirds18 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Umm just the basic chicken feed. She's eat a lot of bugs in the yards, we also give them lettuce apples, and other fruits and veggies. And she always has water.. Sometimes table scraps if its appropriate
     
  6. TOP KNOT

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    That should not be the problem then.
     
  7. brooklynbirds18

    brooklynbirds18 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't know what it could be, my family and I are very nervous for her.. We give her yogurt sometimes too but what else can chickens eat what has vitamin d? And what is biotin exactly and what foods is that in ? Thank you
     
  8. ten chicks

    ten chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My guess would be a vitamin deficiency of A or D,which can cause keratin layers to flake/peel off. Does she have enough calcium in her diet? Is she on a high quality feed? Give her some vitamins,fresh fruits/vegetables.
     
  9. brooklynbirds18

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    I give them a lot of fruits and veggies as it is and the chicken feed I'd say is basic. Can you recommend some things she can eat that are high in vitamin a and d and calcium? Thank you
     
  10. coffeychicks

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    Biotin is found in oatmeal. Cook her some let it cool. Mix with yougert I cook spinach carrots apple's you name in veggie fruit wise in mine sprinkle some mealworms my girls go nuts for it. It is soft enough for her to eat and good for her.
     

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