Weird beak

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by nurschic, Mar 1, 2014.

  1. nurschic

    nurschic Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have one chick (I think it's a ee) and she/he has a very weird beak. The top is very curved and only meets the bottom part of the beak at the tip......the rest of the beak doesn't touch. And it looks to be a bit crooked...... It does not seem to bother the chick and it is able to eat without problems, but will this be a problem when it gets older? Has anyone else seen this? Wish I could get a pic of her/him, but it is one of the scared ones that always runs when I put my hand in the brooder.
     
  2. Percheron chick

    Percheron chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Look up crossed beak. If it's minor, you can trim it regularly to keep them eating. My experience with my one (EE as well) was it got progressively worse and at about 3 months, she starved to death.
     
  3. realsis

    realsis Crazy for Silkies

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    Sounds like cross beak.i raised a perfectly healthy chick into adulthood with cross beak. I would trim the upper beak once a month to manage the condition.i also would wet her food into a mash making it easier for her to eat and keep her weight up. She was just like any other chicken and lived a normal life.laid eggs and was fine with just a little extra help from me with the beak trimming and feed. Hope this helps.
     
  4. nurschic

    nurschic Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I GOT PICTURES!!! She/he is 4 weeks old…..what do you think?
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  5. nurschic

    nurschic Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Should I email the hatchery and let them know too?
     
  6. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

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    Yep, its a little off. It might get more crooked as she grows or it might not.

    You can email the hatchery, but they probably won't do anything. In my experience, they're more focused on quantity, not quality.

    Good luck with her :)
     
  7. cstronks

    cstronks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She should be fine. Trimming will be necessary but it really isn't difficult to do at all. I know a few people who have had chickens with this issue, and said that it wasn't difficult to handle.
     

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